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Game #19: Brown at Cornell
Tip off: Friday, Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2014-15 Records: Brown (9-10, 0-2 Ivy); Cornell (9-9, 1-1 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 73-48
Last Meeting: Brown won 81-75 in OT, Feb. 22, 2014 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: 98.7 FM The Buzzer (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor '05)
TV: None

Game #20: Yale at Cornell
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 31, at 6:00 p.m.
Site: Newman Arena (4,473), Ithaca, N.Y.
2014-15 Records: Yale (13-6, 2-0 Ivy); Cornell (9-9, 1-1 Ivy)
Series Record: Cornell leads 110-106
Last Meeting: Yale won 82-65, Feb. 121, 2014 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: 98.7 FM The Buzzer (Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor '05)
TV: None

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his fifth season at Cornell (46-87, .346; 20-38 Ivy, .345) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher '44 Coach of Men's Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

The Cornell basketball team will face a pair of teams that tasted postseason success a year ago and have greaster ambitions in 2014-15 when the Big Red hosts Brown on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., then faces Yale on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at Newman Arena. Barry Leonard and Eric Taylor '05 will provide coverage on 98.7 FM The Buzzer, with live video available on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Picked to finish eighth in the Ivy League preseason media poll, head coach Bill Courtney's Big Red team is one of the most improved in the country. Cornell is 9-9 a year removed from a 2-26 campaign. The Big Red has the looks of a team on the rebound, playing suffocating defense (.378 field goal percentage defense, .318 3-point percentage defense, 60.6 ppg. allowed, 4.9 blocked shots per game) in its 18 contests. The Big Red has limited foes to below 40 percent shooting in 12 of its 18 games. Five of its nine losses have come by five points or less or in overtime.

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 has been especially dominant over his last seven games, averaging 21.7 points and 9.4 rebounds with a career scoring high of 28 points at Radford and a best of 15 rebounds at Siena. The two-time Ivy League Player of the Week paces the conference in scoring (16.7 ppg.) and rebounding (8.1 rpg.). Miller also ranks in the top10 in the conference in free-throw percentage (second, .867), blocks (third, 2.0 bpg.) and steals (ninth, 1.3 spg.) to make him an early contender for top Ivy League honors.

Other big differences in Cornell's quick turnaround include the return of senior Galal Cancer (9.1 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 3.2 apg., 1.0 spg.) after a year away from basketball, the move of senior Devin Cherry to point guard (10.0 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 3.7 apg., 1.0 spg.) and the maturation of sophomores Robert Hatter (12.1 ppg., 2.6 rpg., 1.4 spg.) and David Onuorah (2.2 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 1.3 bpg.). A number of other players have added key minutes as reserves over the first 18 contests. Among them are sophomore guards JoJo Fallas, who has become one of the conference's most dangerous shooters off the bench (3.6 ppg., 18 3-pointers, .391 3-point percentage), and Darryl Smith (3.1 pg., 2.0 rpg.). Together with the starting trio, the five make for one of the most talented and deepest backcourts in the Ancient Eight. The senior big man trio of Deion Giddens, Dave LaMore and Ned Tomic are combining to average 4.4 ppg. and 5.1 rpg. and have provided leadership on and off the court.

• push the Big Red over the .500 mark both overall (10-9) and in Ivy League play (2-1).
• give Cornell a 4-1 record in its last five games.
• extend the Big Red's edge in the all-time series to to 74-48.
• end a three-game Brown winning streak in the series.
• make Cornell 17-4 against the Bears in the last 21 meetings between the programs.
• be the 1,221st in program history (1,220-1,361 in 116 seasons, .473).

• At 9-10 on the season, the Bears will be looking for their first Ivy win after dropping both ends of its home-and-home series with Yale.
• The Bears enter the weekend having lost three of its last four games.
• Sophomore forward Leland King, who missed last weekend's 69-65 loss at Yale, leads the way with his 14.6 ppg. He also is averaging 7.8 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the floor.
• Cedric Kuakumensah (11.1 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 2.6 bpg.) and Steven Spieth (10.3 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 2.3 apg.) are also averaging double figures for the Bears, while Rafael Maia (9.4 ppg., 7.8 rpg.) and Tavon Blackman (9.4 ppg., 3.8 apg.) are just below that threshold.
• Brown outrebounds its opponents by nearly three per game (37.3-34.5).
• Brown is turning the ball over 16.4 times per game, but is hitting 43 percent of its field goals on the offensive end.
• Third-year head coach Mike Martin sports a 37-39 record with the Bears and led them to a Tournament (CIT) last year.

• Cornell leads the series 73-48, dating back to the first meeting between the teams in the 1949-50 season.
• The Big Red is 16-4 in the last 20 contests against the Bears.
• Brown ended Cornell's 13-game win streak in the series in March of 2014 and has won three straight, including consecutive games in Ithaca.

Nolan Cressler scored a career-high 34 points and Devin Cherry just missed the first triple-double in school history, but Brown was able to hold off the Big Red for an 81-75 overtime victory on Feb. 22, 2014 at Newman Arena.
• Cressler buried 6-of-9 3-pointers and 10-of-14 from the free-throw line, while Cherry notched 17 points, a career-high 10 assists, seven rebounds and just one turnover while playing all 45 minutes.
• The Big Red shot just 39 percent from the floor overall, but hit nine 3-pointers and held a 42-39 edge on the backboards against one of the Ivy's top rebounding teams.
Dave LaMore scored a career-best eight points for the Big Red off the bench and David Onuorah had four points and eight rebounds.
Dwight Tarwater chipped in three points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots and Darryl Smith had six points and five rebounds.
• Brown got 30 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks from Cedric Kuakumensah and 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists from Leland King.
• Sean McGonagill had nine points, but the Big Red defense held the Ivy League's leading scorer to 2-of-12 shooting, though the senior did bury one of the game's biggest shots, a stepback 3-pointer to put Brown up six with 50 seconds to play.

• At 13-6 overall and 2-0 in Ivy play, Yale sits in first place in the conference standings heading into Friday's contest at Columbia.
• The Bulldogs are 6-5 on the road this season, including its victory over defending national champion Connecticut earlier this season.
• Javier Duren (13.9 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 4.3 apg.) and Justin Sears (13.7 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 2.6 bpg.) both average double figures this season.
• Five other players average between 5.4 and 9.4 points each night, including Jack Montague (9.4 ppg.), who hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer earlier this season against the Huskies.
• Yale limits opponents to 42 percent shooting and outrebounds opponents by nearly seven per game (36.9-30.1).
• James Jones, in his 16th season on the Yale sidelines, is the winningest coach in school history. The dean of Ivy coaches has won an Ivy League title and has helped the Bulldogs to three postseason appearances, including last year's Tournament (CIT).

• Cornell leads 110-106 overall in a series that dates back to the 1898-99 campaign.
• Cornell has had the best of the series recently, winning 11 of the last 18 meetings.
• Yale swept last season's home-and-home with an 82-65 win in Ithaca late in the season after topping the Big Red 61-57 in New Haven.

Devin Cherry scored a career-high 29 points, but Yale's strength on the boards and first half shooting was too much to overcome as the Bulldogs claimed an 82-65 victory on Feb. 21, 2014 at Newman Arena.
• Cherry scored 17 in the second half to try and keep the Big Red in the game, but the Bulldogs controlled the glass (35-26) and turned the ball over just nine times.
• Yale shot 61 percent from the floor in the first half and 53 percent for the game.
• Cherry hit 11-of-17 shots from the floor and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss.
Nolan Cressler scored 11 points, while Dwight Tarwater and Jake Matthews each contributed eight points.
• Ivy League Player of the Year candidate Justin Sears scored 19 points and had five rebounds, while Jack Montague notched 18 points, including 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Montague accounted for all five of Yale's treys on the night, including four in the first half.
• Brandon Sherrod had 13 points and seven boards, joining with Montague to outscore the Big Red reserves 31-10 by themselves.

• Cornell has already won seven more games than the entire 2013-14 campaign when it went 2-26. Only 30 teams in the country have won more games this season than last year (as of Jan. 26), topped by Cornell's +7. Lamar stands at +6, while Maryland-Eastern Shore, New Hampshire, TCU and UC Davis have all won five more games than they did a season ago.
• Senior Galal Cancer is just five points shy of 500 for his career and is nearing becoming the 17th player in school history to register 500 points, 200 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.
• Senior Devin Cherry needs 19 points to reach 750 and 19 rebounds to hit 300.
• Senior Shonn Miller is one rebound shy of 500 for his career and is also approaching becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 points. He needs 139 in his last 12 regular season contests (11.6 ppg.).
• Sophomore Robert Hatter needs two points for 400.
• Over the team's last nine games, Cornell is shooting an outstanding .810 from the free-throw line (153-of-189).
• Over its last three games, Cornell has forced an average of 21.3 turnovers while posting 10.3 steals per contest. It has outscored opponents off turnovers 78-19 in those three games.
• In its last three contests, the Big Red has 57 assists and just 37 turnovers.
• Cornell's 78-point margin of victory against Alfred State (107-29) was the largest in school history, bettering a 71-point win over Rome Air Foce Base in 1943.
• The team's 107 points against Alfred State made for the seventh-highest total in school history and the most in 22 years.
• Cornell allowed just 29 points against the Pioneers, the fewest surrendered in a contest since Sampson Naval Hospital scored 29 in a 68-29 Big Red victory on Dec. 1, 1945.
• The Big Red has posted three of the top 20 free-throw shooting percentage efforts in school history over the first 16 games. Cornell tied a school record with a 13-for-13 effort (one of eight perfect nights with at least 10 attempts) against UMass Lowell and had the best day with a miss in going 21-of-22 for .955 against Penn State. Cornell hit 26-of-28 free throws (.929) in the win over Howard.
• Cornell's 14-point margin of victory over Binghamton (68-54) was its largest in a road game under head coach Bill Courtney and the most by any Cornell team since a 79-59 victory at Yale on March 6, 2010. That mark didn't last long, as the Big Red dropped Siena by 17 (75-58) in Albany 23 days later.
• 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 an 85-84 win over Yale on Feb. 10, 2012.
• 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.
• The Big Red hit 14 3-pointers in the win over Alfred State, the most in a game since hitting 16 in an 83-70 loss at Western Michigan on Nov. 29, 2013.
• Senior Shonn Miller leads the Ivy League in scoring (16.7 ppg.) and rebounding (8.1 rpg.). He is attempting to become the seventh Ivy player to lead the circuit in both since 1961-62, but the third in the last five years.
• 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 136 to his name.
• Miller had three steals at Radford, pushing his career total to 101. He became the first player in Cornell history to post 100 career steals and 100 career blocks.
• Second-year assistant coach Jon Jaques was a starter and senior captain on the 2009-10 Cornell team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
• Cornell will play 10 games against teams coming off 20-win seasons and 11 against teams who competed in postseason last year (three vs. NCAA teams, five vs. CIT teams, four vs. CBI teams).
Dwight Tarwater '14 graduated from Cornell last spring with a degree in Applied Economics and Management and is playing an extra year at California-Berkeley.  Through 20 games (11-9), Tarwater is averaging 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing 16.9 minutes per game as a reserve. He has made two starts for the Bears.
• It is the second straight year a Big Red men's basketball player has used his fifth and final year of eligibility at a BCS school, as Errick Peck '13 spent the 2013-14 campaign at Purdue. He served as a captain and part-time starter for the Boilermakers while averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the floor in 32 contests (10 starts).
• Members of the Cornell basketball team represent 13 states and one Canadian province.
• Cornell has played in 46 different states, as well as in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Australia and France. The only states the Big Red has not played in are Alaska, North Dakota, Mississippi and Wyoming.

• Cornell continues its Ivy League home stretch with a pair of contests next weekend.
• The Big Red will play Penn on Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised by the American Sports Network.
• The team will then host Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at Newman Arena.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ouch, huge loss for Brown and Mike Martin.