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Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/28/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/28/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Sunday, December 28, 2014. After a short Christmas break the Ivy League is back in action with Columbia, Brown, Harvard, and Cornell playing.

 

Columbia Rallies In Second Half To Top Colgate

Columbia was able to overcome 26 points from Colgate’s Ethan Jacobs to secure the victory by a score of 69-64.

The first half was an even performance from both teams. Neither Colgate nor Columbia was able to assert themselves establish a commanding lead. Colgate led 14-9 with over 13 minutes to play, but an 8-2 run by Columbia gave them the lead at 17-16. Columbia led by as much as 4 points following back-to-back three pointers from Maodo Lo. The first half ended with Colgate leading 33-31.

Ethan Jacobs scored half of his 26 points in the first half on 5 of 8 shooting. The Raiders shot 60.9% from the field and hit 4 of 7 three pointers (57.1%). They committed only 5 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. The Lions were led by Lo’s 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 3 of 7 from behind the arc. Columbia shot 52% in the first half and made 5 of 12 three pointers (41.7%). They won on the glass 12-9 and committed 6 turnovers.

The second half began with Colgate taking a 36-31 lead before a 7-0 run by Columbia gave them the lead at 38-36. That run was fueled by 5 points from Kyle Castlin. Jacobs answered back with a three pointer for Colgate and a 39-38 lead. However, that would be the last time the Raiders led. The game continued to be close until the Lions pushed their lead to 12 points at 65-53 with 90 seconds left in the game. An 11-2 run by Colgate over the next 1:13 cut the deficit to 67-64. The were still nervy moments when Luke Roh stole the ball from Jeff Coby and pushed it to Ethan Jacobs for a game-tying three point attempt. The shot was no good and Lo drained two free throws to ice the game.

In the second half Jacobs once again led Colgate with 13 points. The Raiders shot 43.5% from the field and hit 4 of 8 three pointers (50%). They also committed only 4 turnovers. Kyle Castlin’s 10 points led Columbia in the second half while Cory Osetkowski finished with 8 points. The Lions shot 44.4% and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). They made all 10 of their free throws, crushed Colgate on the glass 17-5, and committed 7 turnovers.

For the game, Jacobs finished with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting and 5 of 10 from the perimeter. Matt McCullen finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds while both Austin Tillotson and Luke Roh had 10 points. The Raiders went 24 of 46 from the field (52.2%) and hit 8 of 15 three pointers (53.3%). They made 8 of 12 free throws (66.7%), had 11 assists, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Maodo Lo led Columbia with 15 points on 4 of 9 shooting (3 of 5 from behind the arc) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cory Osetkowski scored 14 points, Steve Frankoski finished with 13 points, and Kyle Castlin had 12 points. Isaach Cohen finished with 5 points, but grabbed 8 rebounds and had 10 assists. The Lions went 25 of 52 from the field (48.1%) and hit 9 of 21 three pointers (42.9%). They went 10 of 12 from the charity stripe (83.3%), out-rebounded Colgate 33-16, had 16 assists, and committed 13 turnovers.

Colgate (3-10) has now lost three games in a row. They face Lehigh (6-5) on the road Wednesday night. Columbia (7-4) is now 6-1 at home this season and faces St. Francis (NY) (5-7) Tuesday night on the road.

 

Brown Beats Sacred Heart For Fourth Straight Victory

Leland King led Brown with 19 points and more importantly to a 79-76 win over Sacred Heart.

Prior to the under 12 timeout of the first half, Brown led 17-8. They continued to lead for the rest of the first half, but it oscillated between single and double digits. The Bears led 32-21 with over 5 minutes remaining before a 9-0 run by Sacred Heart brought the deficit down to 2 points. 8 of the 9 points came from Evan Kelly and Cane Broome. The two teams continued to battle until the first half ended 40-37 in favor of Brown.

Cane Broome led the Pioneers with 14 points in the first half on 5 of 9 shooting. The Pioneers hit 43.8% of their shots and made 3 of 9 three pointers (33.3%). They made all 6 of their free throws, had 8 steals, and committed 12 turnovers. Leland King led Brown with 11 points in the first half on 5 of 8 shooting. The Bears shot 48.4% from the field and hit only 3 of 12 three pointers (25%). They made 7 of 10 free throws, had 9 steals, and committed 11 turnovers.

The second half began with Sacred Heart going on a 7-1 run to lead 44-41. The Bears responded with a 9-2 run of their own to reclaim the advantage at 50-46. The game continued to be a battle with the Pioneers retaking the lead 60-55 and nearly holding it for the rest of the game. The final few minutes produced a back and forth affair with Brown taking the lead 68-67 on Rafael Maia’s. Cane Broome’s three pointer tied the game at 72 before back-to-back buckets from Tavon Blackmon and Leland King gave Brown the 76-72 lead. Blackmon hit two late free throws to seal the win for the Bears.

In the second half Sacred Heart was led with 9 points from a trio of players. Tevin Falzon, Cane Broome, and Evan Kelley all finished on 9 points. The Pioneers hit 48.4% of their shots and made 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). They had 6 steals and committed 6 turnovers. Steven Spieth had 9 points to lead Brown in the final 20 minutes. King finished with 8 points while Maia and Blackmon both had 7 points. The Bears shot 48.1% in the second half and hit 2 of 6 three pointers (33.3%). They won the rebound battle 18-14 and had 7 turnovers.

For the game, Cane Broome led Sacred Heart with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Evan Kelley finished with 17 points while Tevin Falzon scored 13 points. The Pioneers went 29 of 63 from the field (46%) and hit 7 of 18 three pointers (38.9%). They went 11 of 13 from the free throw line (84.6%). They had 18 assists, made 14 steals, and committed 18 turnovers.

Brown had 4 players finish in double figures with Leland King’s 19 points and 9 rebounds leading the way. He made those 19 points on 9 of 14 shooting. Rafael Maia had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Steven Spieth had 13 points, and Tavon Blackmon had 13 points and 8 assists. Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds. The Bears went 28 of 58 from the field (48.3%) and hit 5 of 18 three pointers (27.8%). They made 18 of 27 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded the Pioneers slightly 35-34, had 15 assists, made 13 steals, and committed 18 turnovers.

Sacred Heart (6-6) faces another Ivy League team on Tuesday night in Yale (9-4). Brown (7-6) has won 4 straight games and 6 of their last 7 games after starting 1-5. They face Rhode Island (7-3) Wednesday night on the road.

 

Harvard Drops Another Big Game On The Road

After last week’s horrendous game at Virginia, Harvard looked to bounce back. Once again, a poor shooting half led them to defeat, but this time it was the second half. Arizona State won 56-46 after Harvard shot 26.1% in the final 20 minutes.

Harvard got off to a solid start taking a 5-0 lead while it took the Sun Devils 3:31 to get their first points. Still, it was an even battle for much of the first half until Arizona State jumped out to a 30-23 lead after going 10-2 run. Harvard made a small rally of 6-2 to end the half, but still trailed 32-28 at the break.

Wesley Saunders led the Crimson with 13 points while Siyani Chambers scored 10. Harvard shot 47.6% from the field and made 3 of 4 three pointers (75%). They blocked 6 shots, but also committed 6 turnovers. Roosevelt Scott and Shaquielle McKissic led ASU with 8 points apiece. The Sun Devils shot 41.9% from the field and hit 3 of 7 three pointers (42.9%). They out-rebounded Harvard 18-12 and committed 5 turnovers.

The second half was a grind for both teams. Harvard closed it to a 38-37 game following Corbin Miller’s three pointer with 14:42 remaining. Several minutes later, two buckets from Gerry Blakes gave ASU a 47-39 lead. The Crimson cut it back to 47-43, but they struggled down the stretch scoring only 3 points in the final 7 minutes and lost 56-46.

In the second half, Corbin Miller scored 7 points to lead Harvard. The Crimson made only 6 buckets out of 23 attempts (26.1%) and made 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). They committed 8 turnovers in the second half. Gerry Blakes led ASU in the second half with 9 points while Savon Goodman contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Sun Devils shot 39.1% from the field and hit 1 of 5 three pointers (20%). They out-rebounded Harvard 22-11 and committed 11 turnovers.

Wesley Saunders led Harvard with 15 points for the game, but 13 of those came in the first half. Siyani Chambers scored 10 points with all of those coming in the first 20 minutes. The Crimson went 16 of 44 from the field (36.4%) and hit 5 of 11 three pointers (45.5%). They made 9 of 15 free throws (60%), blocked 10 shots (4 by Steve Moundou-Missi), and committed 14 turnovers.

The Sun Devils had 4 players score in double digits. Shaquielle McKissic and Gerry Blakes finished with 13 points while Savon Goodman and Roosevelt Scott scored 10 points. ASU went 22 of 54 from the field (40.7%) and made 4 of 12 three pointers (33.3%). They went 8 of 11 from the free throw line, crushed Harvard on the glass 40-23, and committed 16 turnovers.

Harvard (7-3) has dropped back-to-back games after starting 7-1. They face Grand Canyon (8-7) Tuesday night on the road. Arizona State (8-5) opens Pac-12 play next Sunday against Arizona (12-1) in Tuscon.

 

Cornell Drops Low Scoring Affair To Saint Peter’s In Overtime

24 points from Shonn Miller was not enough for Cornell to dispatch St. Peter’s. The Peacocks won in overtime 59-52.

The first half was a poor shooting performance from both teams. The first points came after 2:09 elapsed on the clock when Robert Hatter made a layup. At the under 12 timeout it was 4-3 in favor of Cornell while the under 8 TV timeout provided a score of 7-5 in favor of Cornell. The remainder of the half was better from both teams with neither team getting a solid advantage. Cornell lead 17-15 at the break.

Tyler Gaskins scored 7 points in the first half to lead St. Peter’s. They shot 26.1% from the field on 6 of 23 shooting and hit only 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They committed 9 turnovers as well. The Big Red were led by Shonn Miller’s 8 points while they shot 7 of 19 from the field (36.8%). They hit 3 of 6 three pointers (50%), out-rebounded St. Peter’s 13-12, and committed 12 turnovers.

The second half was far better for both teams from the field, but once again neither team was able to take control of the game. Cornell led 32-28 before two three pointers from Gaskins on either side of a Shonn Miller jumper tied the game at 34. With less than a minute remaining Desi Washington sank two free throws to give St. Peter’s a 45-42 lead. Miller came to the rescue for the Big Red by draining a three pointer with 29 seconds left. Regulation ended tied at 45 points.

In the overtime session, St. Peter’s scored 5 points in the first 1:13 to seize control of the game at 50-45. The next two and a half minutes consisted of more bricks by both teams before the final 1:03 gave St. Peter’s enough free throw attempts to salt the game away. The Peacocks hit 9 of 10 free throws in overtime to secure the victory.

Marvin Dominique led St. Peter’s with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Tyler Gaskins scored 16 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Desi Washington finished with 13 points. The Peacocks went 15 of 52 from the field (28.8%) and hit 8 of 19 three pointers (42.1%). They made 21 of 28 free throws (75%), had 12 steals, and committed 13 turnover.

Shonn Miller scored 24 points for Cornell on 8 of 16 shooting. He also corralled 11 rebounds for his double-double of the season. Devin Cherry scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Big Red went 16 of 48 from the field (33.3%), made 5 of 20 three pointers (25%), and hit 15 of 22 free throws (68.2%). Both teams grabbed 38 rebounds while Cornell turned the ball over 20 times.

Saint Peter’s (6-7) faces Quinnipiac (5-5) Friday on the road. Cornell (6-6) has lost two of their last three games and it will more than likely be 3 of the last 4 with their next game at Syracuse (8-4) on Wednesday.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

Welcome to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6 edition! Yet again, it was a slow week for the Ivy League with only 8 games played. Here is a look back at Week 5’s power rankings.

 

Week 5 (12/14 – 12/20)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 6-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-5 6
7 Princeton 4-8 7
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

In Week 5, there was no change in the rankings due to the small amount of games played. Even with the teams that did play, they did not do enough to move up (or down). Five teams are now at or above .500 with Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and Brown as the teams to reach that mark. Dartmouth dropped below .500 but they are within a game of getting back to even. Only Yale did not play a game in the last week. Here are the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6:

1. Yale Bulldogs (9-4) – As previously mentioned, Yale was inactive for the week and their only real danger of losing the top spot was if Harvard beat Virginia on the road, but that did not happen.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-2) – As mentioned above, Harvard faced Virginia in their only game of the week. And it was horrendous for Harvard. They scored 8 points in the first half and 27 for the game. They made 1 bucket in that first half out of 20 attempts (5%). It was a terrible showing for Harvard and the Ivy League. Harvard faces Arizona State on Sunday, December 28 in trying to save face.

3. Columbia Lions (6-4) – Columbia played on game, which was against Connecticut in Bridgeport. The Lions played well against UConn for most of the game until a late surge by the Huskies made it an 80-65 win. Maodo Lo continued his excellent season with 24 points. Lo has scored at least 20 points in 5 of his last 6 games while Columbia is 3-2 in those 5 games.

4. Cornell Big Red (6-5) – The only team to play multiple games was Cornell and they split their two games. They lost to Radford 74-61 in the first game with their second worst shooting game of the season (32.7%). They rebounded to defeat Siena with a big second half in their other game. Cornell still looms dangerous to the top three if they have a poor showing in the conference portion of the season.

5. Brown Bears (6-6) – After a two-week hiatus, Brown followed up their big upset win over Providence with a win over Central Connecticut State on the road. The Bears built a 15 point halftime lead before winning 67-55. They Bears were not great in the win with 21 turnovers, but they got the job done.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (5-6) – The Big Green played one game against Penn State and their poor first half led them to defeat. They were out-scored 41-16 in the first half and made only 7 of 24 buckets (29.2%). The hot-shooting of Penn State in that half (57.7%) ended up being the difference. The Big Green looked better in the second half, but the hole they dug was too much to get out of.

7. Princeton Tigers (5-8) – Princeton played one game against Liberty and they were solid. They recorded a season high 7 blocks and recorded their second highest steals in a game with 10. The Tigers have progressed nicely after a poor 1-5 start to the season.

8. Penn Quakers (3-6) – Penn had a 13 day break since playing Marist on December 9. They traveled to face Vanderbilt on December 22 and played arguably their worst game of the season in a 79-50 loss. They shot a season low 34.6% from the field and recorded only 24 rebounds, also a season low. The loss also snapped a three game win streak for the Quakers.

Here are the Week 6 Power Rankings:

Week 6 (12/21 – 12/27)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-2 2
3 Columbia 6-4 3
4 Cornell 6-5 4
5 Brown 6-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-6 6
7 Princeton 5-8 7
8 Penn 3-6 8

 

Here is the weekly ranking for each team going back to the preseason. (The table is sortable).

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

 

Please feel free to comment below and come back next Sunday for the Week 7 rankings!

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/23/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/23/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Cornell was the only team to play, as they faced Siena on the road before a Christmas break for the Ivy League.

 

Cornell Powers Past Siena In Second Half

A tight contest at halftime gave way to an easy win the second half for Cornell. The Big Red were led by 26 points and 15 rebounds by Shonn Miller while Robert Hatter scored 21 points. Cornell won 75-57 over Siena.

Siena got out to a 4-0 lead very early in the game before 5 straight points from Galal Cancer gave Cornell the lead. Siena reclaimed the lead and led by as much as 6 points midway through the first half at 20-14. Once again, the Big Red battled back with a 9-0 run to lead 23-20. 7 of those points came from Shonn Miller. The first half ended evenly for both teams as Cornell led 27-26 at the break.

The second half was quickly controlled by Cornell by going on a 13-6 run. A three pointer from Siena’s Evan Hymes made it 42-37, but that was answered by Hatter with a three pointer of his own. From there, Cornell slowly built their lead up before winning 75-57. The Big Red outscored Siena 48-31 in the second half.

Shonn Miller led Cornell with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 15 rebounds. Robert Hatter scored 21 points on 4 of 8 shooting and hit 12 of 13 free throws. The Big Red went 23 of 49 from the field (46.9%) and hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%). They made 25 of 28 free throws (89.3%), out-rebounded Siena 38-31, had 9 assists, and committed 14 turnovers.

Siena had three players finish in double figures led by Evan Hymes’ 18 points. Javion Ogunyemi scored 12 points and Ryan Oliver finished with 10. The Saints went 16 of 52 from the field (30.8%) and made 5 of 20 three pointers (25%). They made 20 of 28 free throws (71.4%), had 13 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

Cornell (6-5) plays their next game on Sunday afternoon at home against St. Peter’s (5-7). Siena (3-7) takes on Bucknell (5-7) at home Sunday.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/21/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/21/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Sunday, December 21, 2014. Harvard and Cornell were both in action and played on the road. The Crimson faced Virginia while Cornell played Radford.

 

Virginia Dominates Harvard

Harvard’s worst game of the season came on the road at #6 Virginia Sunday afternoon. The Crimson shot a horrid 16% for the game while only managing to score 27 points. Virginia won 76-27.

Harvard knew they were up against it taking on Virginia in Charlottesville, but they way they started made it clear it was going to be a long game. Virginia jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Harvard scored a bucket to make it 7-2. That bucket, scored by Zena Edosomwan with 16:31 left in the half, would be the only field goal of the half for Harvard.

The defense by Virginia in the first half allowed them to easily build a 39-8 lead at the break. The Crimson went 1 of 20 for the half (5%) and made 6 of 12 free throws (50%). Wesley Saunders was the top scorer with 4 points, all coming from the charity stripe. Mike Tobey led Virginia with 15 points and 5 rebounds on 6 of 6 shooting. The Cavaliers shot 61.5% in the first half while out-rebounding Harvard 21-9.

The second half was better for Harvard, but only marginally so. The Cavaliers first four shots were three pointers while Harvard’s first four points were from Steve Moundou-Missi. The Virginia defense was still clamping down forcing bad shots throughout the final 20 minutes. Virginia outscored Harvard 37-19 in the second half.

Corbin Miller led Harvard in the final 20 minutes with 8 points. The Crimson shot 23.3% from the field and hit 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). The Cavaliers were led in the second half by Evan Nolte and Marial Shayok with 7 points apiece. Virginia shot 57.7% in the final 20 minutes while hitting 4 of 6 three pointers (66.7%). They also out-rebounded Harvard 24-16.

Corbin Miller’s 8 second half pointers were enough to Harvard for the entire game. The Crimson went 8 of 50 from the field (16%) and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). Even their free throw shooting was terrible with only 9 of 22 shots made (40.9%). They had only 1 assists the entire game and committed 10 turnovers.

Both Mike Tobey and Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 15 points. Tobey also had 10 rebounds for a double-double while Brogdon had 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Virginia shot 31 of 52 from the field (59.6%) and hit 6 of 11 three pointers (54.5%). They went 8 of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%), out-rebounded Harvard 45-25, had 21 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

With the loss, Harvard’s (7-2) six game win streak was snapped in emphatic fashion. Their next game will be a tough one as well with a road trip to Arizona State (6-5) next Sunday. Virginia (11-0) faces Davidson (9-1) in their next game on December 30 before starting ACC play.

 

Cornell Shut Down In Second Half Loss At Radford

Cornell led 38-32 at halftime, but Radford’s play in the second half allowed them to power to a 74-61 victory. Shonn Miller scored 28 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Cornell, but it was not enough.

Both teams came out shooting the ball well, however, neither team was able to establish a large advantage. Cornell led 18-14 at the under 12 timeout, but Radford battled back to take a 24-21 lead. The Big Red closed the first half on a 17-8 run to lead 38-32 at the break. Robert Hatter scored 8 points in the final 8:03 for Cornell to help spur them to the 6 point halftime lead.

Both Miller and Hatter finished with 13 points in the first half to lead Cornell. The Big Red finished the first half shooting 52% from the field and hit 5 of 11 three pointers (45.5%). They committed only 3 turnovers as well. Rashun Davis had 11 first half points for Radford. They shot 48% in the first half and made only 1 of 5 three pointers (20%). They committed only 5 first half turnovers.

Radford quickly claimed the lead to start the second half with a 13-0 run to lead 46-38. The first points of the half for Cornell came 4:05 into the half with Hatter’s layup. Radford ended up holding on to the lead for the rest of the game while Cornell was unable to close the deficit to less than 5 points. Still, they kept themselves within distance, but Radford’s late 8-2 spree preserved the win.

Shonn Miller led the Big Red with 15 points in the second half on 2 of 7 shooting with 10 of his points coming from the free throw line. The Big Red were atrocious from the field in the second half hitting only 4 of 27 shots (14.8%). They went 2 of 11 from beyond the arc (18.2%) and committed 8 turnovers. R.J. Price led Radford with 10 points in the second half while the Highlanders hit 50% of their shots. They went 2 of 6 from beyond the arc (33.3%) and committed 8 turnovers.

For the game, Shonn Miller had 28 points on 7 of 13 shooting, 2 of 4 from the perimeter, and 12 of 13 from the charity stripe. He also collected 9 rebounds. Robert Hatter finished with 18 points. Cornell shot 17 of 52 from the field (32.7%) and hit 7 of 22 three pointers (31.8%). They went 20 of 24 from the line (83.3%), had 8 steals, and committed 11 turnovers.

Radford had four players finish in double figures with Rashun Davis leading the way. He had 19 points and 5 rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting and 6 of 7 free throws. Brandon Holcomb finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Javonte Green scored 11 points, and R.J. Price finished with 10 points. The Highlanders hit 26 of 53 shots (49.1%), but made only 3 of 11 three pointers (27.3%). They shot 19 of 28 from the free throw line (67.9%), out-rebounded Cornell 39-27, blocked 5 shots, and committed 13 turnovers.

Cornell (5-5) saw their three game win streak snapped with the loss to Radford. They have a quick turnaround with a road game at Siena (3-6) on Tuesday night. Radford (8-4) has won three in a row and 6 of their last 7 games. They take on Central Pennsylvania next Sunday.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

Welcome to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5 edition! It was a slow week for the Ivy League with only 7 games played, but there were some very close and thrilling games (Yale at Vermont  on Thursday and Northern Illinois at Dartmouth on Friday). Before we reveal the Week 5 power rankings, let’s take a look back at the Week 4 Power Rankings.

Week 4 (12/7 – 12/13)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 8-3 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 5-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 6
6 Dartmouth 3-4 7
7 Princeton 3-8 5
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

We finally have more than 4 teams at or above .500 this week. Five teams are at that point with another team, Brown, just a game below the .500 mark. With only 7 games this past week, that means at least one team did not play. In fact, there were four teams who did not play a game; Harvard, Cornell, Brown, and Penn. Below are the week 5 Power Rankings.

 

1. Yale Bulldogs (9-4) – Yale played two games and split them with a win at Vermont on Thursday and a loss on Saturday to Albany at home. Matt Townsend’s late jumper beat Vermont, but the Bulldogs could not hold on to a late 7 point lead in the loss to Albany. Yale does not play again until December 30 with a road game at Sacred Heart.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-1) – Harvard did not play in the past week, but they have a big game on Sunday, December 21 at Virginia. A win there would probably vault them back into the top spot.

3. Columbia Lions (6-3) – Columbia played in just one game and it was far from a typical performance. They needed their offense to show up against Hofstra and it did with Maodo Lo scoring 29 points. The Lions posted season highs in points (82),  three pointers made (13), and assists (17). It is scary to think about the Lions potential in 2014-15 if they are able to score a lot of points and play stifling defense.

4. Cornell Big Red (5-4) – The Big Red have not played a game since December 6 when they faced UMass Lowell at home. They will play two games in the next week (Dec. 21 and Dec. 23) as they get back on the court after a break.

5. Brown Bears (5-6) – Yet another team that was not in action in the past week. They play on Monday afternoon at Central Connecticut State.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (5-5) – It was a busy week for Dartmouth as they played three games in a five day span. They started with a loss on the road to Jacksonville State (79-67) before rebounding to win their last two games at Mercer (67-51) and Northern Illinois at home (58-55). Despite going 2-1, the Big Green do not move up because of how they blew a double digit lead in regulation. Both Gabas Maldunas (27 points and 10 rebounds against Jacksonville State) and Alex Mitola (18 points against NIU) had big games this week.

7. Princeton Tigers (4-8) – The Tigers played one game and destroyed Lipscomb at home 77-55 on Friday night. Princeton hit a season high 14 three pointers with Clay Wilson scoring a season high 19 points on 5 of 6 three pointers. The Tigers face Liberty on December 22 at home.

8. Penn Quakers (3-5) – Penn was inactive this past week and still occupy the cellar in the Ivy League Power Rankings.

 

Here are the Week 5 Power Rankings:

Week 5 (12/14 – 12/20)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 6-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-5 6
7 Princeton 4-8 7
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

Here is the weekly ranking for each team going back to the preseason. (The table is sortable).

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

 

Please feel free to comment below and come back next Sunday for the Week 6 rankings!

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4

As we approach mid-December, the college basketball season has been full of surprises and that extends to the Ivy League as well. The past week provided a few surprises and a few duds as well. The schedule has become sparse for the Ivy League due to finals, but we still had some great action. Let’s take a look back at week three’s power rankings before we get to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4.

 

Week 3 (11/30 – 12/6)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 8-2 2
2 Harvard 6-1 1
3 Columbia 5-2 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Princeton 3-6 7
6 Brown 4-6 5
7 Dartmouth 2-4 6
8 Penn 2-5 8

As noted the last few weeks, the top four teams have been at or above .500 while the bottom four teams are still languishing below that .500 mark. That remains in effect in Week Four’s power rankings as well. It is also worth noting that there were only 8 games played by Ivy League teams this week. The Ivy League went 4-4 in those 5 games. As such, there was not a ton of movement in the Power Rankings. Here are the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4.

1. Yale Bulldogs (8-3) – Yale played only one game and it was quite the dud. They went on the road to face the Florida Gators and got obliterated 85-47. Yale was expected to play much better, but the Gators were returning home after losing back-to-back games to North Carolina and Kansas. It was easily Yale’s worst performance, but it was exacerbated by Florida’s hot-shooting of 64% for the game. Yale hangs on to the top spot by virtue of their overall season performance thus far.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-1) – Harvard played only one game as well and they handled Boston University with a big second half from the free throw line. They knocked down 16 of 17 free throws to win 70-56. The Crimson did not do anything to harm their standing overall and continue to limit their turnovers.

3. Columbia Lions (5-3) – As with the top two teams, the Lions also played only one team. They lost, but their loss was impressive given it was on the road against the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats. They played their usual stingy defense and actually led 11-0 before Kentucky was able to score a point. They led at halftime 25-23, but the Wildcats’ talent would show through in the end. Maodo Lo played very well with 16 points and and 7 rebounds. It is clear who the top three teams in the Ivy League are.

4. Cornell Big Red (5-4) – Cornell did not play a game last week, which leaves them in the fourth spot.

5. Brown Bears (5-6) – The biggest win of the week for the Ivy League went to the Brown Bears with their 77-67 victory over Providence on the road. The Bears hit a season high 10 three pointers in the win and were impressive in repelling every run by Providence. The Bears are quickly finding their groove having won 4 of their last 5 games.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (3-4) – The Big Green played one game as well with a win over UMass Lowell, 69-48. They tied a season-high with 9 three pointers and Alex Mitola continued his streak of scoring at least 10 points in every game. He finished with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting and 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

7. Princeton Tigers (3-8) – Princeton was the only team to play two games and they lost both of them. The first game against St. Peter’s provided the lowest point total (46), the lowest field goal percentage (30.8%), and the lowest amount of field goals in a game (16) this season. The only reason they are not at the bottom is their game on Saturday evening at California. They looked excellent in the first half by shooting 61.9% and hitting 8 of 14 three pointers (57.1%) while holding a 37-28 lead at the break. They ultimately lost 67-57 after a poor second half, but it was a better performance than their midweek game. Nevertheless, the Tigers are in serious danger of dropping to the bottom if they continue to play poorly.

8. Penn Quakers (3-5) – Penn played one game and won against Marist 59-42. Sam Jones had a season-high 19 points off the bench on 7 of 10 shooting and made 5 of 6 three point shots. The Quakers had only 6 three pointers as a team. The Quakers collected a season-high 45 rebounds plus they had 16 assists. One area of concern for the Quakers is the turnover department. They had 20 turnovers against Marist and their season low is 14. However, the Quakers have a chance to move up if Princeton continues to struggle.

 

Here are the Week 4 Power Rankings:

Week 4 (12/7 – 12/13)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 8-3 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 5-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 6
6 Dartmouth 3-4 7
7 Princeton 3-8 5
8 Penn 3-5 8

Finally, there is this sortable table that incorporates each team’s rankings by week.

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

Feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with the rankings and check back next Sunday for the Week 5 edition!

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 3

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 3

Another week has come and gone in the 2014-15 College Basketball season and that means another edition of Ivy League Power Rankings! It was an excellent week for the Ivy League including an 8-0 record on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6. Here is a look back at the Ivy League Power Rankings from week two:

Week 2 (11/23 – 11/29)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Harvard 4-1 1
2 Yale 5-2 2
3 Columbia 4-1 3
4 Cornell 4-4 4
5 Brown 2-5 6
6 Dartmouth 1-2 7
7 Princeton 1-5 5
8 Penn 0-5 8

Last week it was noted that half the league was at .500 or better and that is still the same. The one slight difference is that Cornell has now forged above .500. The bottom half of the league improved from 4-17 overall to 11-21. The Ivy League went 14-5 in Week 3, which was slightly better than Week 2 from a win percentage viewpoint. In Week 2, the Ivy League went 11-4 (.733) and week 3 was a 14-5 record (.737). Let’s see if all that winning from the Ivy League shook up the power rankings.

1. Yale Bulldogs (8-2) – We have a new number one team in the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings. After their upset of the Connecticut Huskies on the road, Yale ascends to the top. Yes, UConn has lost three in a row and have struggled a bit, but they are still a very good team with excellent talent. The Bulldogs also beat Hartford and Bryant last week to go 3-0 for week 3. Then there is the Harvard portion of Yale going up a spot…

2. Harvard Crimson (6-1) – Harvard went 2-0 last week, but their latter game against Vermont is worrisome. They won 64-52 in double overtime, but that is not the part that is scary. The Crimson do not look crisp thus far in the season. Harvard has ample opportunity to move back up to #1 with games at Virginia and Arizona State in the next three weeks.

3. Columbia Lions (5-2) – Columbia had a decent week going 1-1 with a loss to Loyola (MD) and a win over Bucknell. Their defense was awesome against Bucknell, but not so solid against Loyola (MD), a team that was 2-4 entering the game. Even if Columbia won that game, they would not have jumped ahead of Harvard. The Lions need to continue playing solid defense and they will be fine in the Ivy League this season.

4. Cornell Big Red (5-4) – Cornell played only one game and won that game at home against UMass Lowell 71-60. The Big Red were probably safe at number four regardless of the result, but they looked good. In fact, the Big Red tied a season high with 16 assists against UMass Lowell. The Big Red do not play again until December 21, which means they probably will not move barring an amazing effort from a team below them.

5. Princeton Tigers (3-6) – It is clear that Princeton improved in the last week. They went 2-1 with wins over San Jose State and Stony Brook. However, even in their loss to Fairleigh Dickinson they looked good and shot the ball well. The Tigers shot 51.7% from the field and 46.5% from beyond the arc last week. In addition, they put up the three highest assists totals for a game in the three games. One caveat for Princeton is they must continue to play well to keep the competitive #5 slot.

6. Brown Bears (4-6) – The Bears did manage to go 2-1 in the past week, but one of those wins was over a Division 3 school. The other win was over Bryant, who sits at 1-5 this year. In their loss, they were simply crushed in the second half by American U. The Bears need to continue to improve as the season goes on.

7. Dartmouth Big Green (2-4) – It was a tough week for Dartmouth as they went 1-2 with the two losses by a total of 3 points. They lost 65-63 at home to New Hampshire and then blew a late lead to Longwood on the road and lost 74-73. The responded well with a clobbering of Maine 74-51. The close losses can be attributed to the Big Green’s horrid performance from the line. They went 22 of 37 combined in the two games (59.5%). That has to improve if the Big Green are to come out with victories in close games.

8. Penn Quakers (2-5) – The Quakers had an excellent week going 2-0 with both wins coming on the road at Navy and Binghamton. Those two teams sit at 3-14 combined on the season, which does not help the Quakers move out of the cellar. However, the gap has been closed and it is worth noting that four of their 5 losses were by 10 points or less. The Quakers looked better and it showed.

 

Here is the table for Week 3’s power rankings:

Week 3 (11/30 – 12/6)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 8-2 2
2 Harvard 6-1 1
3 Columbia 5-2 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Princeton 3-6 7
6 Brown 4-6 5
7 Dartmouth 2-4 6
8 Penn 2-5 8

 

New for this week is a sortable table that shows the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings from Preseason through week 3. This will be available going forward as well.

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

Week Four’s Power Rankings will be posted next Sunday. Be sure to check back often to get recaps of each Ivy League game.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/6/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/6/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Saturday, December 6, 2014. Seven Ivy League teams played – Penn, Dartmouth, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, and Brown. Each game recap is below.

 

Penn Beats Binghamton; Wins Second Straight Road Game

After starting the season 0-5, Penn has now won back-to-back games with both coming on the road. On Saturday, it was a total team effort to get the 79-70 win over Binghamton. Six scorers finished in double figures for the Quakers.

It took a while for both teams to get going. Penn held a slim 6-2 lead at the first TV timeout, but eventually hit four buckets in a row and went up 16-5 forcing Binghamton to take a timeout. Following the timeout, both teams continued to shoot the ball well. Penn went up 27-16, but Binghamton ripped off an 11-3 run to make it 30-27 in favor of the Quakers. Going into halftime, Penn continued to hold on to the lead and took a 40-34 into the break.

The second half was much like the the first half with Binghamton hanging around. Penn went up 48-41, but Binghamton closed it down to a 50-47 ball game. Penn went up 59-52 before a Binghamton push made it 61-59. It was not until late in the game that Penn was able to get a bit of a cushion and went on to win 79-70.

Tony Hicks led Penn with 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Darien Nelson-Henry had 16 points and 9 rebounds as well as 3 blocks. Three players – Darnell Foreman, Sam Jones, and Antonio Woods – had 11 points while Foreman also had 8 rebounds. Matt Howard finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds. The Quakers shot 26 of 51 from the field (51%) and hit 9 of 19 three pointers (47.4%). They went 18 of 26 from the charity stripe (69.2%) and smashed Binghamton on the glass 43-30. They had 15 assists and committed 18 turnovers.

Binghamton was led by 16 points from Dusan Perovic. Willie Rodriguez had a solid game scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Rodriguez went 4 of 14 from the field and hit only 4 of 9 free throws. Romello Walker scored 12 points as well for the Bearcats. Binghamton went 21 of 59 from the field (35.6%) and hit 11 of 29 three pointers (37.9%). The Bearcats went 17 of 26 from the free throw line (65.4%) and committed 10 turnovers.

Penn (2-5) has a home game on Tuesday night against Marist (1-6). Binghamton (1-8) faces Caldwell University on Monday night.

 

Dartmouth Crushes Maine

Dartmouth was dominant in all phases of the game in their 74-51 over Maine. Alex Mitola scored 18 points and hit 4 three pointers to lead the Big Green.

Dartmouth took the lead to start the game and just continuously built it up. By the first TV timeout, Dartmouth led 9-4 and made it 20-11 after 5 quick points from Kevin Crescenzi with 8:32 left in the first half. About a minute later, Crescenzi hit a three pointer and the lead was at double digits, 23-13, at the under 8 TV timeout. The Big Green lead continued to hang around 10 points with Alex Mitola’s late layup making it 40-29 at the break.

Early in the second half Maine cut the deficit to as low as 6 points at 44-38 with 15 minutes left play, but Dartmouth would step up on offense and defense to put the game away. The Big Green went on a 24-4 over the next 12 minutes to take a 68-42 lead. Maine continued to struggle from the field and Dartmouth finished the game off to grab their second win of the season.

Troy Ried-Knight led Maine with 11 points and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Till Gloger had 8 points and Christian Ejiga scored 8 points and grabbed 8 boards. The Black Bears went 16 of 50 from the field (32%) and hit only 2 of 21 three pointers (9.5%). They went 17 of 23 from the free throw line (73.9%) and committed 15 turnovers.

Alex Mitola had 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Connor Boehm finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 7 of 9 from the field. Taylor Johnson and Kevin Crescenzi both finished with 9 points while Crescenzi had 5 rebounds. Gabas Maldunas finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Dartmouth went 26 of 53 from the field (49.1%) and hit 9 of 22 three pointers (40.9%). The Big Green went 13 of 21 from the charity stripe (61.9%), out-rebounded Maine 41 to 31, had 10 steals, and committed 13 turnovers.

Maine (1-6) faces Long Island-Brooklyn (0-6) on Tuesday evening at home. Dartmouth (2-4) faces UMass Lowell (6-3) Wednesday night on the road.

 

Princeton Overcomes Second Half Deficit To Beat Stony Brook

Steven Cook had 28 points and 7 steals to lead Princeton past Stony Brook 77-64 on Saturday. Princeton had to overcome a deficit in the second half to get the victory.

Stony Brook started fast taking a 9-2 lead early before the Tigers went on a 14-4 run to take a 16-13 lead midway through the first half. Both teams continued to battle and 6 points from Cook in a two and a half minute span kept Princeton close at a 24-23 deficit. A late surge by Princeton gave them a 38-36 lead at the halftime break.

The second half started with both teams continuing to battle away. Midway through the second half Stony Brook led 55-46 before an 11-0 run by Princeton gave them a 57-55 lead. Stony Brook tied it at 57 on two free throws from Rayshaun McGrew, but Princeton went on a 20-7 run to end the game including hitting all 8 of their free throws in the final 75 seconds.

Stony Brook was led by Rayshaun McGrew with a double-double. He scored 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting and also grabbed 10 rebounds. He was not the only player to record a double-double. Jameel Warney had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Seawolves. As a team, Stony Brook went 24 of 54 from the field (44.4%) and hit 5 of 17 three pointers (29.4%). They made 11 of 17 free throws (64.7%) and crushed Princeton on the glass 37 to 24. They committed 23 turnovers in the loss as well.

Steven Cook scored 28 points on 8 of 12 shooting and he went 5 of 7 on three pointers. He hit 7 of 9 free throws, had 7 steals, and grabbed 4 rebounds. Clay Wilson contributed 13 points off the bench. Pete Miller scored 12 points and Hans Brase scored 11 points and grabbed 9 boards. The Tigers went 23 of 49 from the field (46.9%) and hit 12 of 26 three pointers (46.2%). They went 19 of 25 from the free throw line (76%), had 18 assists, 14 steals, and committed 13 turnovers.

Stony Brook (5-4) does not play for a week and they face Providence (6-2) on the road next Saturday. Princeton (3-6) has won 2 of their last 3 games and plays St. Peter’s (3-6) Wednesday on the road.

 

Cornell Extends Win Streak To Three With Win Over UMass Lowell

18 points apiece from Shonn Miller and Robert Hatter led Cornell to a 71-60 over UMass Lowell.

Neither team was able to assert their dominance early on. UMass Lowell led 7-4 before a 9-2 run by Cornell gave them a 13-9 lead. That did not last long with the River Hawks coming back to take a 16-15 lead, but another run from Cornell allowed them to take a 23-18 lead. Cornell would hold on to the lead at break with a slim 27-25 margin.

Chad Holley hit a three pointer for the River Hawks to tie the game at 30, but an 18-4 from Cornell gave them a 48-34 lead. That run featured 9 points from Robert Hatter on two threes and three free throws after he was fouled on a shot from beyond the arc. Cornell continued to build the lead including margins of 63-46 and 71-53 before UMass Lowell ended on a 7-0 run. That run, however, was too little and far too late.

The River Hawks were led by 18 points from Marcos Banegas-Flores on 5 of 8 shooting. Chad Holley had 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting while also going 4 of 5 from the perimeter. Lance Crawford chipped in 10 points off the bench. UMass Lowell went 21 of 53 from the field (39.6%) and hit 9 of 24 three pointers (37.5%). They hit 9 of 10 free throws and committed 10 turnovers.

Shonn Miller scored 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds. Robert Hatter also scored 18 points, but did so on 5 of 12 shooting and was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Galal Cancer played a great supporting role scoring 8 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, and having 8 assists. The Big Red went 24 of 48 from the field (50%) and hit 10 of 21 three pointers (47.6%) to spark their offense. They made all 13 free throws, won the battle on the glass 31-26, had 16 assists, 7 steals, and blocked 6 shots. Cornell did commit 18 turnovers.

UMass Lowell (6-3) faces Dartmouth (2-4) Wednesday evening at home. Cornell (5-4) does not play again until Sunday, December 21 when they face Radford (4-3) on the road.

 

Columbia’s Defense Too Much In Blowout

Columbia produced another impressive defensive performance on Saturday to improve to 4-2. They beat Bucknell 62-39 while Maodo Lo scored 20 points.

Bucknell led 2-0 very early on, but that would be the last time they held a lead for the rest of the game. Lo hit a three pointer to make it 3-2 Columbia and the Lions eventually led 11-2 before a Bucknell timeout. The lead got up to 14-2 on another Lo three pointer, but the Bison worked their way back into the game, albeit at a slow pace. With less than 5 minutes remaining in the first half, Bucknell trailed 16-13. Another Maodo Lo three pointer in the final minute made it a 24-18 lead for Columbia at halftime.

The second began with Columbia surging to a double digit lead once more with a 10-3 early. By the second TV timeout Columbia led 39-25. The Lions continued to play suffocating defense all the way to the end of the game. They allowed only 10 points in the final 10 minutes on their way to the 62-39 victory.

Not a single Bucknell player managed to score in double figures. Chris Hass led the Bison with 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Ben Oberfeld had 7 points and 3 rebounds off the bench. The Bison went 15 of 52 from the field (28.8%) and hit only 2 of 15 three pointers (13.3%). They made 7 of 11 free throws (63.6%) and committed only 9 turnovers.

Maodo Lo led Columbia with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Cory Osetkowski finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds while also recording 6 assists. The Lions went 22 of 49 from the field (44.9%) and hit 10 of 22 three pointers (45.5%). They connected on 8 of 10 free throws, had 15 assists, blocked 8 shots, and committed only 8 turnovers. Neither team had an advantage in rebounds, as both finished with 33.

Bucknell (3-6) faces Albany (2-5) Monday night. Columbia (5-2) now goes on the road to face the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats (8-0) Wednesday evening.

 

Harvard Needs Double Overtime To Top Vermont

Wesley Saunders scored 25 points and Harvard outscored Vermont 14-2 in the second overtime to win 64-52 on Saturday.

Harvard was in for a battle from the get-go as Vermont jumped out to an 8-4 lead. It became 13-5 a minute later, but the Crimson closed it down to a 13-10 lead. The Catamounts went up 20-12 after Ryan Pierson’s bucket before two three pointers brought Harvard back within two at 20-18. Both teams continued to struggle from the field as Vermont took a 24-21 lead at halftime.

Harvard took the lead early in the second half before a quick response by Vermont’s Kurt Steidl made it 27-26. There was some controversy on Steidl’s next shot when he hit a three pointer that was a two-pointer, but a scoring error made kept it at a three. In the end it would not matter, but at the time and through the end of regulation, it certainly did. Siyani Chambers‘ three pointer with 1:06 remaining tied the game at 44 before misses by Vermont’s Cam Ward and Harvard’s Steve Moundou-Missi left the game tied at 44 to end regulation.

The first overtime was a slow moving affair in terms of scoring. Late in the overtime, Corbin Miller hit a three pointer to tie the game at 50 before an odd sequence of events led to a second overtime. First, Moundou-Missi threw the ball across the court to no one in particular to give Vermont the ball under Harvard’s basket. Then came a poor play by Vermont’s Trae Bell-Haynes.

In the second overtime, Harvard took the lead 19 seconds in on a three pointer Corbin Miller and never looked back. Vermont made a bucket 52 seconds in, but that was it for them. Harvard won 64-52 after out-scoring Vermont 14-2.

Wesley Saunders had 25 points on 7 of 12 shooting and hit 10 of 13 free throws while also grabbing 6 rebounds. Corbin Miller finished with 14 points while Siyani Chambers scored 13 points. Steve Moundou-Missi had a tough game shooting going 2 of 12 from the field for 8 points. However, he was dominant around the rim with 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Crimson went 19 of 54 from the field (35.2%) and hit 7 of 19 three pointers (36.8%). They made 19 of 30 free throws (63.3%), but were out-rebounded 44-40 by Vermont. The Crimson recorded 14 steals, blocked 10 shots (5 from Kenyatta Smith), and committed 14 turnovers.

Vermont was led by Hector Harold’s 12 points and 8 rebounds. Kurt Steidl had 11 points and 6 rebounds while Ethan O’Day finished with 10 points. The Catamounts went 18 of 59 from the field (30.5%) and hit 7 of 19 three pointers (36.8%). They went 9 of 17 from the free throw line (52.9%), had 12 assists, and committed 17 turnovers.

Harvard (6-1) is on a 5 game win streak and faces Boston U (2-5) Monday night before an extended 13 day break. Vermont (4-4) does not play again until Sunday, December 14 when they face Wagner (2-5).

 

Brown Wins Third Game In Last Four Behind Cedric Kuakumensah’s 20-15 Game

Cedric Kuakumensah scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Brown to a 69-62 win over Bryant.

The scoring got off to a slow start between the two teams. After 5 minutes, Bryant held a 5-4 lead before the scoring picked up over the next 5 minutes. Bryant led by 6 at 17-11 before a Tavon Blackmon jumper made it 17-13. With over 5 left in the first half, Cedric Kuakumensah made a bucket to cut the deficit to 26-25. Back-to-back buckets from Jason Massey and Leland King gave Brown their first lead at 29-28 since they led 4-2. Brown ultimately ended on a 16-3 run to end the first half up 41-30 at the break.

The second half got off to a good start for Brown extending their lead to 45-30 after two minutes of play. Bryant made it a 54-45 game in favor of Brown and would slowly try to chip away at the lead. It would not be until the final few minutes before they got close, but Bryant did well to provide some nervous moments. A three pointer from Dyami Starks made it 65-60 with 32 seconds left before two free throws from Steven Spieth pushed the lead back up to 7 points. Another quick bucket from Bryant and another pair of free throws sealed the game for Brown.

Dyami Starks scored 16 points on only 5 of 18 shooting and hit 3 of 13 three pointers. Hunter Ware scored 11 points while Gus Riley also had 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Bulldogs went 21 of 64 from the field (32.8%) and hit 7 of 29 three pointers (24.1%). Bryant went 13 of 17 from the free throw line, had 7 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed 8 turnovers.

Brown was led by Cedric Kuakumensah’s 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Steven Spieth finished with 12 points thanks to his 8 of 8 shooting from the free throw line. Tavon Blackmon and Leland King both had 11 points. The Bears hit 21 of 52 from the field (40.4%) and made only 3 of 13 three pointers (23.1%). They hit 24 of 31 free throws (77.4%), out-rebounded Bryant 47 to 32, blocked 8 shots, and committed 13 turnovers.

Bryant (1-5) faces Army (6-1) Tuesday night on the road. Brown (4-6) faces Providence (6-2) Monday night on the road.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/29/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Saturday, November 29, 2014. Four more Ivy League teams were in action – HarvardCornell, Columbia, and Penn. None of the teams were in a tournament like we saw in the previous few days.

 

Wesley Saunders Leads Harvard Past Massachusetts

Wesley Saunders scored the last 6 points for Harvard including two free throws in the final 38 seconds to allow the Crimson to hold on for a 75-73 over Massachusetts on Saturday.

Both teams were stroking the ball early in the first half. UMass had a 16-10 lead with 14 minutes left in the first half and with 7 minutes left it was 31-24 in favor of UMass. The scoring slowed down in the final quarter of the first half with with only 10 points combined from both teams in the final five minutes. The Minutemen held a 38-32 lead at the break.

UMass was led by 9 points from Trey Davis on 3 of 5 shooting and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. UMass shot 48.1% in the first half and were 3 of 5 on three point shots. Harvard was led by Saunders with 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting. The Crimson hit 46.7% from the field and hit only 1 of 5 three pointers.

Both teams were strong from the field early in the second half. UMass led 43-36 before a 9-2 run by Harvard tied the game at 45. Both teams continued to duke it out with neither team asserting themselves. With 1:17 left, the game was tied at 69, but 5 quick points from Saunders let them take a 74-71 lead. Derrick Gordon made a layup to cut the deficit to 1 point. Siyani Chambers and missed the front end of a one-and-one, but a foul by UMass put Saunders on the line and he went 1 of 2 to make it 75-73. Trey Davis tried a miracle three with a second left was no good.

Cady LaLanne had 8 points and 6 rebounds in the second half as UMass shot 48% from the field. They hit 1 of 4 three pointers and made 10 of 15 free throws (66.7%). Saunders really got going in the final 20 minutes with 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting. The Crimson shot 54.8% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers. In addition, they committed only 3 turnovers.

For the game, UMass had 5 players finished in double figures. Cady LaLanne and Trey Davis had 13 points apiece with LaLanne also grabbing 13 boards. Maxie Esho scored 12 points and grabbed 5 boards while Derrick Gordon had 12 points. Jabarie Hinds chipped in 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting as well. UMass shot 25 of 52 from the field (48.1%) and 4 of 9 from beyond the arc (44.4%). They hit 19 of 28 free throws (67.9%), out-rebounded Harvard by a slight margin of 33 to 32, and committed 12 turnovers.

Saunders led the way for Harvard with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting. Kenyatta Smith had 11 points and 7 rebounds to aid Saunders great game. The Crimson went 31 of 61 from the field (50.8%) and 5 of 15 from beyond the arc (33.3%). They made 8 of 14 free throws (57.1%) and committed only 8 turnovers.

Massachusetts (5-2) faces LSU (4-2) in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. Harvard (4-1) stays home to face Northeastern (5-1) on Wednesday night.

 

Cornell Dispatches Binghamton On The Road

Shonn Miller’s 11 points and 11 rebounds paced Cornell to a 68-54 win over Binghamton.

Both teams started the first half with mini-runs. Cornell hit a three pointer before Binghamton went on a 7-0 run. Cornell responded with a 12-2 run to take a 15-9 lead. That start, and the strong shooting from beyond the perimeter, would lead to a 23-12 lead just before the halfway point in the first half. An 8-0 run from the Bearcats cut that lead to 23-20, but Cornell responded with a 12-7 run to end the first half and a 35-27 lead at the break.

Devin Cherry had 7 first half points and 5 rebounds to lead the Big Red. They shot 42.9% from the field, but hit 9 of 17 threes (52.9%) to allow them to take an 8 point lead. Willie Rodriguez and Romello Walker both had 7 points for Binghamton as they shot 38.5% from the field as a team. They hit 2 of 9 three pointers and struggled on the glass grabbing on 14 boards compared to Cornell’s 21.

Shonn Miller scored the first 6 points for Cornell in the second half to get them going on offense. The rest of the team followed suit and the defense clamped down to allow the Big Red take a 51-33 lead with 12:38 left in the game. The Big Red would maintain that margin for the rest of the game on their way to a 68-54 win.

Shonn Miller and Robert Hatter led Cornell in the second half with 8 points apiece. Miller also had 8 rebounds. The Big Red shot 48.3% in the second half and went 25% from beyond the arc. Binghamton was led by Yosef Yacob in the second half with 11 points. The Bearcats shot 33.3% from the field and 28.6% from three point range.

Cornell was led by Shonn Miller 11 and 11 performance, but he was not the only player to contribute in a big way. Robert Hatter scored 14 points and Devin Cherry scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Big Red went 26 of 57 from the field (45.6%) and hit 11 of 25 three pointers (44%). Cornell hit 5 of 13 free throws (38.5%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yacob Yosef had 15 points and 4 rebounds for Binghamton with Romello Walker scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 boards. The Bearcats shot 17 of 47 from the field (36.2%) and hit only 4 of 16 three pointers (25%). They hit 16 of 26 free throws (61.5%) and committed 12 turnovers.

Cornell (4-4) faces Massachusetts-Lowell (4-2) next Saturday, December 6 at home before playing the following two games on the road. Binghamton (1-6) takes on Boston U (1-3) on Wednesday.

 

Columbia’s Defense Continues Their Stellar Play

Columbia continues to play stifling defense and it has led them to their fourth win a row. Maodo Lo scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Lions past American U 52-43.

American grabbed an early 7-2 lead, but Columbia’s defense came alive and took a 16-13 lead with 10:47 to go in the first half. From the 10:47 mark to the 6:44 mark in the first half neither team was able to put a single point on the board. American’s John Schoof hit two free throws to end the scoring drought and eventually led to American taking a 21-18 lead. However, Columbia ended the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 24-21 lead at the break.

American was led by Schoof’s 8 first half points. The Eagles shot 37.5% in the first half and hit only 1 of 4 three pointers. The Lions were led by Lo’s 8 points and Cory Osetkowski with 7 points and 4 rebounds. They shot 45.8% from the field and 12.5% from beyond the arc.

The second half began with American going on a 9-2 run and taking a 30-26 lead. Pee Wee Gardner accounted for 4 points for the Eagles. At that point, the Lions turned the defense up and went on a 16-4 run to take control of the game at 42-34. However, American would continue to stick around getting as close as 44-41 before Columbia closed the game out on an 8-2 run.

The top scorer for American in the second half was Pee Wee Gardner with 6 points. The Eagles shot 34.6% from the field in the second half and hit 2 of 5 free throws. Columbia was led by 12 points from Lo and he also grabbed 9 rebounds. The Lions shot 41.7% in the second half and 23.1% from the perimeter.

For the game, American was led by John Schoof with 11 points. The Eagles went 18 of 50 from the field (36%) and hit 3 of 9 three pointers (33.3%). They went 4 of 6 from the free throw line and committed 10 turnovers.

Columbia was led by the 20 points and 9 rebounds from Maodo Lo. Jeff Coby had 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting as well. The Lions went 21 of 48 from the field (43.8%) and hit only 4 of 21 three pointers (19%). They went 6 of 10 from the charity stripe (60%), committed 9 turnovers, and out-rebounded American 35-29.

American U (4-3) faces a second straight Ivy League opponent on the road Wednesday in the Brown Bears (2-5). Columbia (4-1) faces Loyola (MD) (2-4) on Tuesday.

 

Penn Cannot Hold On To Late Lead In Loss To Wagner

Penn led for the first 58 minutes, but could not hang on when it mattered the most in a 64-61 loss to Wagner.

Penn got off to great start leading 14-2 eight minutes into the game. Even with 6 minutes left in the half, Penn held a 10 point lead at 21-11. Sam Jones made a layup at the buzzer to give the Quakers a halftime lead of 31-26.

In the first half, Darien Nelson-Henry and Tony Hicks were joint top scorers with 6 points. Three other players, Darnell Foreman, Greg Louis, and Antonio Woods, all had 5 points each. The Quakers hit 61.1% of their shots in the first half and were 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. They did, however, commit 12 turnovers. Wagner was led by 7 points from Marcus Burton. Aaren Edmead had 6 points. The Seahawks shot 41.7% in the first half hit 3 of 10 three pointers.

In the second half, Penn continued to hold on to the lead. Matt Howard had 5 points in a 31 second span to put Penn on top 38-30. Wagner got it down to a 43-41 lead with 13:33 left, but could not get closer until late in the game. Penn held a 58-54 lead with 5:18 left, but a cold streak allowed Wagner to get their first lead of the game at 59-58 with 1:43 left to play. Penn was undone by their cold shooting as they made only 1 bucket in the final 10 minutes of the game. That shot was a three pointer from Sam Jones with 2 seconds left. Wagner made the necessary free throws to win 64-61.

Penn was led in the second half by Matt Howard’s 9 points. They shot well in the second half going 8 of 15 from the field (53.2%), but had to rely on making free throws, which they hit only 60% of in the final 20 minutes. Wagner was led by 13 points from JoJo Cooper and 10 points from Marcus Burton. They shot 46.7% in the second half and hit 7 of 12 free throws (58.3%).

Darien Nelson-Henry had 11 points and 8 rebounds to lead Penn. Greg Louis and Matt Howard both had 9 points. They shot 19 of 33 from the field (57.6%) and hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%). They went 19 of 28 from the free throw line (67.9%), out-rebounded Wagner 29-23, but committed 22 turnovers.

Wagner was led by 17 points from Marcus Burton and 15 points from JoJo Cooper. Wagner went 24 of 54 from the field (44.4%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They went 10 of 16 from the free throw line (62.5%) and committed only 10 turnovers.

Penn (0-5) travels to face Navy (2-5) on Wednesday. Wagner (2-3) faces Maine (0-4) on Tuesday on the road.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/26/2014

Yale Goes Off In First Half To Beat Lafayette

Yale scored a season high 51 first half points en route to an 82-60 win over Lafayette. The Bulldogs shot nearly 60% from the field and beyond the arc in the first half.

The opening 5 minutes were a prelude to what was to come for Yale. The Bulldogs opened up with a 13-6 while hitting three of five three pointer shots. With 7:17 left in the half, Yale nearly double their lead to 13 points with the score at 29-16. While Yale did miss shots, it did not seem like they missed many at the rate they were scoring. Yale held a 51-28 lead at the break.

Lafayette shot a decent 44.4% from the field in the first half (12 of 27). They hit only 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%) with 8 turnovers and were crushed on the glass by Yale 19 to 11. Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 7 points in the first half while 9 different players scored at least 2 points for Lafayette. Yale was led by Armani Cotton with 11 points and 7 rebounds while Makai Mason scored 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. The Bulldogs went 20 of 34 in the first half (58.8%) and hit 9 of 16 three pointers (56.2%).

The second half was not nearly as good to Yale, but the 23 lead they built up by the break was more than enough to get the win. The lead oscillated between 20 and 25 points for much of the half though Lafayette was able to get it as low as 15 points with 6:44 left in the game. Bryce Scott led Lafayette in scoring for the last 20 minutes with 8 points. The Leopards went 13 of 29 from the field (44.8%) and hit 4 of 11 threes (36.4%). Yale was led by Justin Sears who scored 11 of the team’s 31 points. The Bulldogs shot just 37.5% from the field in the second half (37.5%) and missed all 4 three pointers. They did out-rebound Lafayette 28-9 in the second half.

For the game, Lafayette had three scorers in double figures with Seth Hinrichs and Nick Lindner both finishing at 11 points each. Bryce Scott had 10 points while Zach Rufer and Monty Boykins both chipped in 8 points. Lafayette went 25 of 56 from the field (44.6%) and 6 of 18 from beyond the arc (33.3%). The Leopards hit 4 of 9 free throws (44.4%), had 9 steals, and committed 15 turnovers.

For Yale, it was a dominating effort led by Justin Sears’ 17 points and 9 rebounds. Javier Duren had 15 points and 7 rebounds with Armani Cotton scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards. Makai Mason finished with 10 points and Sam Downey had 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Bulldogs went 29 of 58 from the field (50%) and hit 9 of 20 three pointers (45%). They shot a poor 15 of 23 from the charity stripe (65.2%), but absolutely dominated on the glass with 47 rebounds to Lafayette’s 20. They also blocked 7 shots and committed 19 turnovers.

Lafayette (3-2) travels to face Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2) on Sunday afternoon. Yale (5-1) has won five in a row after dropping the season opener. They have a big test on the road at Providence (5-0) on Friday afternoon.

 

Cornell Stops 3 Game Slide With Win Over Canisius

Galal Cancer’s 18 points were enough to lead Cornell past Canisius 67-60 on Wednesday night. The win ended a three game losing streak for the Big Red, which occurred at the Charleston Classic.

It was even beginning for both teams as neither could grab a strong upper hand in the contest. Canisius led by as much as four points at 16-12, but Cornell came back with an 8-0 run to take a 20-16. The Big Red led by as high as 7 points, but that would not last as both teams finished the first half deadlocked at 32.

In that first half, Zach Lewis led Canisius with 8 points. Jamal Reynolds, Jermaine Crumpton, and Jeremiah Williams all had 5 points each for the Griffins. The team went 10 of 28 from the field (35.7%) and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc (22.2%). They hit 10 of 14 free throws (71.4%) and committed 8 turnovers.

Galal Cancer and Darryl Smith both had 10 points for Cornell. Cancer had 7 rebounds in the first half as well. The Big Red went 12 of 29 from the field (41.4%) and 1 of 5 from three point land (20%). They hit 7 of 11 from the charity stripe (63.6%), out-rebounded Canisius 23 to 18, but committed 18 turnovers.

Cornell took an early second half lead opening up on an 10-2 run to grab command at 42-34. That run was led by two Shonn Miller dunks while he had 7 of the 10 points. The Big Red extended the lead to double digits, but the Griffins made it a 53-49 game with seven and a half minutes left to play. Cancer responded with the next 5 points to build the lead back up to 9 points. Canisius cut the deficit back to 4 points with under two minutes to go, but clutch free throw from Cornell preserved the win.

Jermain Crumpton led Canisius in the second half with 10 points. The Griffins shot an awful 9 of 29 in the second half (31%) and hit 4 of 12 three pointers (33.3%). In addition, they hit only 6 of 12 free throws (50%) and committed 7 turnovers. Neither team had an advantage on the glass with both grabbing 17 rebounds in the second half.

Cornell had joint scorers once again in the second half. Galal Cancer and Shonn Miller both had 8 points with Miller grabbing 6 rebounds as well. The Big Red were selective in their shots, but hit 9 of 18 from the field (50%) and were 3 of 10 from three point range (30%). They hit 14 of 20 free throws (70%) but committed 10 turnovers.

Jermaine Crumpton led Canisius in scoring for the whole game finishing with 15 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Zach Lewis had 14 points and Jeremiah Williams had 10 points. The Griffins went 19 of 57 from the field (33.3%) and 6 of 21 from beyond the arc (28.6%). They hit 16 of 26 free throws (61.5%), had 7 steals, and committed 15 turnovers.

The Big Red were led by Cancer’s 18 points and 8 rebounds. Darryl Smith finished with 13 points on 2 of 2 shooting and hitting 8 of 9 free throws. Shonn Miller scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while David Onuorah had 9 points and 4 boards. Cornell went 21 of 47 from the field (44.7%) and 4 of 15 from three point range (26.7%). They hit 21 of 31 free throws (67.7%), out-rebounded Canisius 40-35, had 9 steals, blocked 4 shots, and committed an awful 23 turnovers.

Canisius (2-2) face Buffalo (3-1) on Saturday at home. Cornell (3-4) travels to face Binghamton (1-5) on Saturday afternoon.