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Game #7: Canisius at Cornell
Tip off: Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2014-15 Records: Canisius (2-1, 0-0 MAAC); Cornell (2-4, 0-0 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 25-17
Last Meeting: Canisius won 65-48, Nov. 16, 2001 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Radio: 98.7 FM The Buzzer (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor '05)

Game #8: Cornell at Binghamton
Tip off: Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2:00 p.m.
Site: Events Center (5,142), Vestal, N.Y.
2014-15 Records: Cornell (2-4, 0-0 Ivy); Binghamton (1-4, 0-0 America East)
Series Record: Cornell leads 7-3
Last Meeting: Binghamton won 89-79, Nov. 10, 2013in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: 98.7 FM The Buzzer (Barry Leonard)

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fifth season at Cornell (39-81, .325; 19-37 Ivy, .339) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

Cornell will look to build some momentum heading into the exam break when it meets a pair of Empire State rivals when the Big Red renews a longtime series with Canisius on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena, then visits Binghamton on Saturday, Nov 29 at 2 p.m. at the Events Center in Binghamton. The Canisius game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, while Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor '05 can be heard in the Ithaca area on 98.7 FM The Buzzer for both games. Live video from Binghamton is available at no charge on

The Big Red brings a three-game skid into Wednesday's contest with Canisius, including the last two losses by a total of three points. In fact, three of the Big Red's four losses have come by a total of eight points. Despite that, Cornell has played some excellent basketball as it looks to turn the page on last season's 2-26 record. The Big Red already owns a road win over George Mason, as well as its largest comeback win in more than 15 years in storming back to knock off Colgate. Cornell owned double figure second half leads in narrow losses to both Penn State and Drexel and is a handful of possessions from entering the week 4-2 or 5-1 instead of 2-4.
Cornell has already doubled its win total against Division I teams from a season ago and has the looks of a team on the rebound, playing suffocating defense (.380 field goal percentage defense, .317 3-point percentage defense, 65.0 ppg. allowed, 5.3 blocked shots per game) in its six contests. The Big Red has limited foes to under 40 percent shooting in four of its six games.

The biggest difference from last year is the return of first-team All-Ivy selection Shonn Miller, who missed the 2013-14 season with a shoulder injury. The 6-7 forward returned with a bang, recording 21 points and 13 rebounds in the upset of George Mason and collecting 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals at Loyola (MD). His season averages of 14.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 1.8 bpg. and 1.0 spg. make him an early contender for Ivy League honors.

Other big differences in Cornell's quick turnaround include the return of senior Galal Cancer (12.0 ppg., 3.2 rpg., 1.7 apg., 1.0 spg.) after a year away from basketball, the move of senior Devin Cherry to point guard (11.2 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 4.7 apg., 1.2 spg.) and the maturation of sophomores Robert Hatter (12.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 0.8 spg.) and David Onuorah (2.8 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 1.5 bpg.). A number of other players have added key minutes as reserves over the first six contests.

• Canisius headed into a rivalry game with Big Four foe St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Nov. 22 with a perfect 2-0 record after beginning  the season with victories over Vermont (64-60) and Lehigh (63-51).
• The Golden Griffins have gotten it done thanks to its ability to defend the 3-point shot (opponents at .242, 8-of-33) and turn its opponents over (18.5 per game).
• Zach Lewis leads the way with 15.5 ppg., including hitting 6-of-16 from 3-point range. He is also averaging 2.5 steals per game.
• Phil Valenti (13.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg.) and Jamal Reynolds (10.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg.) are also averaging double figures in a balanced scoring attack.
• Head coach Jim Baron has won more than 400 games during stints at Saint Francis (PA), St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island and Canisius.
• Canisius returns five letter winners and one starter from last year's team that went 21-13 overall, 14-6 in MAAC play, and earned a CIT berth for the second-straight year.

• Cornell leads the all-time series 25-17, but the two teams haven't met since the 2001-02 season opener.
• Canisius won that meeting 65-48 despite a freshman record seven blocked shots from Chris Vandenberg '05, while Ka'Ron Barnes '04 scored 10 points in front of his hometown fans to kick off his sophomore season.
• The two programs first squared off during the 1914-15 season with the Big Red earning a 49-13 victory.
• Cornell and Canisius have only played four times in the last 25 years, topping the Golden Griffins 63-56 at home in 1992-93, dropping an 87-57 contest in Buffalo the following year, then Canisius winning a home-and-home series over 2000-01 (78-71) and 2001-02 (65-48).

• Cornell is 61-52 all-time against current members of the MAAC, including 25-17 against Canisius.
• The Big Red has also played Fairfield (0-2), Iona (0-2), Manhattan (1-1), Marist (2-3), Niagara (27-20), Quinnipiac (2-2), Rider (3-0), Saint Peter's (0-2) and Siena (1-3).
• Cornell has never played Monmouth.
• This is the first of three games Cornell is scheduled to play against MAAC schools this season. The Big Red will visit Siena on Dec. 23, then host Saint Peter's five days later in Ithaca.

• Canisius dominated the battle of the boards and placed all five starters in double figures as the Golden Griffins knocked off Cornell 65-48 in the season-opener for both teams on Nov. 16, 2001 at Koessler Athletic Center.
• The Griffs opened up a close game at the half with a 12-2 run to start the second stanza and cruised to the victory.
• Canisius out-rebounded the Big Red 47-28, including 17-7 on the offensive boards.
• Hodari Mallory led the charge with 14 points and five rebounds, while Jon Ferris and Toby Foster narrowly missed double-doubles, posting 12 points and eight rebounds and 10 points and nine rebounds, respectively.
• Sophomore Ka'Ron Barnes, playing in front of nearly 40 family and friends, had 10 points and three steals. Barnes, who starred at nearby Turner/Carroll High, also grabbed four boards.

• improve Cornell's record to 3-4 on the season.
• make Cornell 2-0 at home to start a season for the first time since 2011-12.
• extend its lead in the all-time series against the Golden Griffins to 26-17.
• snap a three-game losing streak.
• be the 1,214th in program history (1,213-1,356 in 116 seasons, .473).

• Binghamton brought a 1-4 record into a contest at Army on Nov. 25 after consecutive losses to Manhattan (78-63) and Navy (70-68) at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun, Conn.
• The Bearcats' lone win so far came in its only home game thus far, an 82-51 win over Division III Hartwick.
• Dusan Perovic (10.8 ppg., 2.8 rpg.) and Willie Rodriguez (10.4 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.0 apg.) are the lone double figure scorers for Binghamton.
• The Bearcats are shooting 39 percent from the floor as a team and 32 percent from 3-point range and are limiting opponents to 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
• Third-year head coach Tommy Dempsey returns four starters and eight letter winners from last season's 7-23 squad that went 4-12 in America East play.

• Cornell leads the all-time series 7-3, though the Bearcats won last season's meeting 79-77.
• The two teams first met in 1988 and have squared off every season since 2010-11.
• Cornell is 2-2 against Binghamton under head coach Bill Courtney.

• Cornell is 19-23 all-time against current members of the America East, including 7-3 against
• The Big Red has also faced Albany (2-3), Hartford (0-3), Maine (0-1), New
Hampshire (1-3), Stony Brook (4-4) and Vermont (5-6).
• Cornell has never played UMass-Lowell or UMBC.

Nolan Cressler scored 19 points and Devin Cherry added 17, but the Cornell men's basketball team wasn't able to hold on to a second half lead and Binghamton rallied for an 89-79 victory on Nov. 13, 2013 at Newman Arena.
• Joining Cressler and Cherry in double figures was senior guard Dominick Scelfo, while freshman David Onuorah notched nine points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.
• Cornell had 20 assists and just nine turnovers, but Binghamton turned the ball over just six times, held a decisive 27-9 edge at the line and connected on 56 percent of its 3-pointers (14-of-25), including an impressive 8-of-12 after halftime.
• The Bearcats had three players scored at least 23 points, as Marlon Beck (27 points), Jordan Reed (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Nick Madray (23 points) combined for 75 of the Bearcats' 89 points.
• Binghamton scored on each of its final 18 possessions in the game to rally from a 16-point deficit with 10 minutes to play.

• The Big Red is limiting opponents to 38 percent shooting over its first six games. In all, Cornell recorded a .495 field goal percentage defense mark in 2013-14 and allowed opponents to shoot 50 percent or better 15 times in 28 games. It has held three of its first five opponents under 40 percent shooting.
• Cornell hit 21-of-22 free throws against Penn State, a mark that ranks eighth all-time in a single game for the Big Red.
• Senior Galal Cancer connected on 12 free throws without a miss against the Nittany Lions, tied for the most free throws without a miss in a single game in Cornell history.
• The rally from a 17-point deficit against Colgate was the largest overcome by a Big Red team this century. It is the largest overcome by a Bill Courtney-coached team, besting the 14-point first half deficit it rallied from in a 85-84 win over Yale on Feb. 10, 2012.
• Senior Shonn Miller blocked a pair of shots against George Mason to surpass the 100 career block milestone. He became the fifth player in Cornell history to reach that plateau and now has 109 to his name.
• Senior Devin Cherry nearly secured a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against George Mason. No Cornell player has ever registered a triple-double in the program's history over a total of more than 2,500 games.
• With the win over George Mason, Cornell snapped a 17-game road losing streak and a seven-game skid overall.
• When Cornell knocked off George Mason, the Big Red defeated its 35th program that has advanced to an NCAA Final Four. The Patriots reached the national semifinals in 2006.
• Sophomore guard JoJo Fallas scored 27 points over the last four games (6.8 per game), including 7-of-13 from 3-point range. He entered the stretch with six career points and was 0-of-8 from beyond the arc.

• For the second straight game, an outstanding first half defensive effort couldn't overcome a furious second half rally by the opposition as Drexel earned a late 61-59 victory over Cornell on Nov. 23 in the final game of the 2014 Gildan Charleston Classic at TD Arena.
• Senior Shonn Miller had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the Big Red, while classmates Devin Cherry (11 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals) and Galal Cancer (11 points, four assists, three rebounds, three steals, two blocks) each added 11 points.
• Sophomore Robert Hatter was the team's fourth double figure scorer with 10 points, while David Onuorah had six points, five rebounds and a block.
• Cornell shot 45 percent and held the Dragons to 34 percent shooting overall, but that number was 52 percent after the break.
• Drexel got 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists from Damion Lee, though the team's leading scorer was held to 9-of-24 shooting.
• Lee was the lone double figure scorer, though Rodney Williams had nine points and 14 rebounds, including seven big offensive boards.
• The Dragons outscored the Big Red 9-2 on second chance points and 19-8 off turnovers.

• Cornell visits Central New York foe Binghamton on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. before returning home to meet UMass-Lowell on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. at Newman Arena.

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