Friday, March 6, 2015

News and Notes: Friday Afternoon Edition

Below, afternoon news and notes...

  • Ryan Wittman ('10) lands the 19th spot on Cornell's All Time Greatest Athletes List from Cornell Magazine.  Also on the list from Cornell Basketball are Hillary Chollett ('49) at 15th and Bo Robertson ('58) at 5th.  Cornell Magazine writes:
Dick Schaap '55 chronicled sports for nearly half a century—and claimed he never saw a better natural athlete in Ivy League history than Irvin "Bo" Roberson. Basketball? Roberson played one varsity season as a 6-foot-1 center, averaging 14.9 points and 17.6 rebounds (second best in school history). He scored 37 against Penn. Track and field? He won five indoor and outdoor Heptagonal titles as a sprinter and long jumper, earned a gold medal in the long jump at the 1959 Pan-American Games, then broke Jesse Owens's 25-year-old world indoor record by leaping 25 feet, 9½ inches at the National AAU Track and Field Championships. At the 1960 Summer Olympics, Roberson earned a silver medal in the event—one centimeter short of the gold. Football? He set the Cornell record for longest kickoff return (100 yards), led the team in rushing as a sophomoreand junior, and was a two-time All-Ivy selection. Roberson then played pro football for six seasons. He was team MVP of the 1962 Oakland Raiders and the top receiver on the 1965 American Football League-champion Buffalo Bills. As Schaap once put it, simply: "He was a beautiful athlete."

He was the outstanding allaround player on the Big Red basketball team, scoring a then-school-record 37 points against Syracuse. And he was a standout running back and safety in football, a Chicago Tribune first-team All-American.

The 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year led Big Red basketball to the Sweet Sixteen and set various school records, including career marks for games started, minutes played, points, field goals, and three-pointers.
CORNELL AT PRINCETON, PENN: The Big Red (13-15 overall, 5-7 Ivies) will be looking to finish at .500 — one year after its nightmarish 2-26 campaign — and become eligible for a postseason bid when it travels to the mid-Atlantic area for its final regular-season weekend.
But to do it, Cornell will have to sweep the Tigers (13-14, 6-5) and the Quakers (7-18, 2-9) on the road, something Cornell has done just once since the league formed in 1956. That came in 2007-08, during the Red's unbeaten conference season.
Coach Bill Courtney's Red is coming off a weekend that saw it topple first-place Harvard (57-49) in front of a national TV audience, then fall the next night to hot-shooting Dartmouth (56-45).
The Red split its earlier meetings with Penn and Princeton at Newman Arena. The Quakers scored an unlikely 71-69 victory on Feb. 6, scoring the game-winning bucket with four seconds left and leading for a total of 11 seconds. The next night, Cornell scored a stunning 68-60 victory over the Tigers, using a game-changing 22-0 run late in the second half to erase a 12-point deficit.
Saturday will mark the final game in the Cornell careers of Big Red seniors Shonn Miller, Galal Cancer, Devin Cherry, Dave LaMore, Ned Tomic and Deion Giddens. Miller will have one more year of eligibility — he missed his entire junior campaign with a shoulder injury — but he will not be able to use that year at Cornell as per Ivy League rules.

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