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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.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/21/2014

Yale Tops Illinois-Chicago In Men Against Breast Cancer Classic

Justin Sears scored 16 points while Javier Duren added 15 to lead Yale to a 70-58 victory over Illinois-Chicago.

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half with both teams at or above 50%. Sears led the way in the first half going 6 of 9 for 13 points with Duren adding in 8 points on 3 of 4 shooting. UIC was led by Jake Wiegand with 7 points, but were undone by 10 first half turnovers. The Flames went 10 of 20 in the first half, 1 of 4 on three pointers, and 5 of 6 on their free throw attempts (83.3%). Yale was even more efficient at 16 of 28 from the field (57.1%) including an excellent 6 of 10 on three pointers. Yale led 40-26 at the break.

The second half was not nearly as exciting as the first with both teams struggling to hit their shots. UIC went 13 of 31 from the field (41.9%), but improved on three pointers going 4 of 9 (44.4%). Marc Brown had 7 points in the second half to lead UIC, but the Flames also had 6 points each from Gabe Snider, Markese McGuire, and Paris Burns. Yale saw their shooting percentage cut nearly in half with 7 of 24 shooting (29.2%) in the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs hit 3 of 10 three pointers, but had their biggest advantage on the boards with a 22-14 edge over UIC. Duren had 7 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs.

Not a single UIC player scored in double digits. Three players – Jake Wiegand, Paris Burns, and Marc Brown – had 9 points. Markese McGuire scored 8 points with Gabe Snider and Ahman Fells chipping in 8. For the game, UIC went 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%), 5 of 13 on three pointers (38.5%), and 7 of 9 from the free throw line (77.8%). The Flames had 15 turnovers against Yale.

Yale ultimately ended up with four players in double figures. Sears had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Duren scored 15 points and grabbed 8 boards, Armani Cotton had 11 points and 5 boards, and Jack Montague contributed with 10 points. The Bulldogs shot 23 of 52 for the game (44.2%) and were led by their three point shooting in which they went 9 of 20 (45%). They also knocked down 15 of 18 free throws (83.3%), out-rebounded UIC 33-26, and committed 12 turnovers.

Illinois-Chicago (1-2) plays again on Saturday against Kent State (3-0) in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Yale (2-1) will take on Southern Illinois (1-2) in the same tournament on Saturday.


Cornell Loses Heartbreaker To Penn State On Layup

Despite an excellent free throw shooting performance, Cornell’s 13th turnover proved their undoing with as D.J. Newbill made a layup as time expired to give Penn State a 72-71 victory. The Big Red went 21 of 22 from the free throw line, but Newbill’s 26 points led Penn State to a big comeback win. The Nittany Lions erased a 17 point deficit on Thursday night against Charlotte, but lost in double-overtime.

The first half was full of runs. After the half started 6-6, the Big Red went on an 11-1 run thanks to two three pointers. That lead would not last with Penn State coming back on a 9-0 run of their own to make it 17-16 in favor of Cornell. However, the Big Red went on another run of 12-2 to take a 29-18 lead with 7 minutes left to go in the half. The end of the half was pretty even with Cornell taking a 37-28 lead after an athletic drive from Devin Cherry in the waning seconds.

Penn State’s D.J. Newbill led all scorers with 15 first half points on 4 of 8 shooting, but he hit all three of his three pointers. As a team, the Nittany Lions went 9 of 29 from the field in the first half (31%). They went 3 of 12 on three pointers (25% with all 3 of those from Newbill), and were 7 of 9 on free throws (77.8%). Cornell was led by Robert Hatter’s 9 points with all of those coming from three pointers and also Cherry scoring 9 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Dave LaMore added in 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Big Red went 13 of 30 from the field (43.3%) and were 5 of 11 from beyond the arc (45.5%). Cornell hit all six of their free throws, and committed just 4 turnovers to Penn State’s 7. The Big Red were out-rebounded 21-17 in the first 20 minutes.

The second half began with Penn State quickly reversing an 11 point deficit into just one point. The Nittany Lions went on a 9-2 run to make the Cornell lead just 41-40. Cornell built the lead back up to 11 points thanks to 3 three pointers and three free throws. However, Penn State would not go away. A 6-0 spurt allowed them to cut the deficit to 57-55. From there, it was a back and forth affair between the two teams before a massive sequence of events nearly turned the game on its head.

Tied at 63, Cherry made an errant pass that was picked up by Newbill. He went up for a layup, but David Onuorah blocked the ball with Cherry getting the ball back. He immediately attacked the rim and drew the foul while still getting his shot to fall. Cherry missed the free throw, but Cornell held a 65-63 lead. The Big Red continued to hit their free throws and held a 71-67 lead until John Johnson hit a three pointer to make it 71-70. On the ensuing in bounds play with 4.8 seconds left, Shonn Miller’s pass was to no one in particular with Penn State’s Shep Garner corralling the ball. He passed it Newbill in the corner and Newbill drove down the baseline and put the ball up for a game-winning layup.

Newbill led the Nittany Lions with 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting (4 of 5 from three point land) and also grabbed 6 rebounds. John Johnson added in 17 points with Shep Garner scoring 10 points. Ross Travis had only 4 points, but grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Penn State went 26 of 57 for the game (45.6%), were 7 of 21 from beyond the arc (33.3%), and hit 13 of 17 free throws (76.5%). The Nittany Lions committed 12 turnovers and out-rebounded Cornell 37-28.

Cornell’s stellar free throw shooting (21 of 22) went to waste. Both Robert Hatter and Galal Cancer scored 17 points apiece. Shonn Miller scored 15 and Devin Cherry provided 11 points and 7 boards. The Big Red finished 21 of 52 from the field (40.4%), hit 8 of 21 three pointers (38.1%), and committed 13 turnovers.

Penn State (3-1) will face USC (2-2) on Sunday afternoon. Cornell (2-3) has to find a way to forget this brutal loss and pick up a win against Drexel (0-4) on Sunday.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/16/2014

Princeton’s Second Half Rally Falls Short

Princeton made a furious rally in the second half, but it came up four points short in the 63-60 loss to George Mason. The Tigers trailed 32-19 at the break before outscoring the Patriots by 10 points in the second half.

From the start of the game George Mason took it to the Tigers. By the first media timeout, the Patriots lead 10-6 before slowly building the lead up throughout the first half. Princeton attempted 18 first half three pointers and connected on only 4 of those. George Mason made them pay converting their short shots and taking a 32-19 lead after the first half.

The second half started with Princeton hitting two of their first three three-pointers and cutting the lead to 32-25. GMU built the lead back up to 40-29, but an 8-0 Tigers run, with 5 points from Hans Brase, allowed them to climb within 3.

That run would be countered by the Patriots going on a 10-3 run of their own to take a 50-40 lead with under 8 minutes left. The lead was 59-48 with 3:06 left, before the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to close the deficit to 2 points. Jalen Jenkins’ free throws bookended a missed three by Steven Cook and GMU would hold on for the 63-60 win.

Princeton was led by Hans Brase’s 17 points and 14 rebounds. Spencer Weisz had 10 points on 3 of 9 shooting with Clay Wilson adding 9 points, Pete Miller scoring 8 points, and Steven Cook contributing 8 points. The Tigers were a paltry 19 of 56 from the field (33.9%) and 9 of 30 from beyond the arc (30%). They went 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%), committed 11 turnovers, and were out-rebounded 43-34.

Patrick Holloway scored a game high 19 points for George Mason. Marquise Moore had 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting and Shevon Thompson had 8 points and 9 boards. Vaughn Gray added 8 points and Jalen Jenkins scored 7 points and 7 boards.

Princeton (1-1) travels to face Lafayette on Wednesday night. George Mason (1-1) has a tough game against West Virginia on Thursday night.


Cornell Cannot Complete Comeback Bid Against Loyola (MD)

Cornell trailed by 13 points in the first half and despite a valiant effort, they could not pull out the win against Loyola (MD) on Sunday. The Big Red ultimately fell by a score of 76-71.

Cornell took an early 6-0 lead, but Loyola (MD) erased the deficit by the second TV timeout by taking a 13-11 lead. They continued their ascent from there with a 9-1 run. Andre Walker hit a 3 pointer to make it 34-21 with the Greyhounds taking a 38-27 lead into halftime.

Cornell’s three-headed monster Shonn Miller, Robert Hatter, and Galal Cancer scored the opening 23 points and closed the deficit to 6 points at 56-50 with 11 minutes left in the game. The Big Red actually took a 63-62 lead on David Onuorah’s free throw, however, they let that lead slip away. Down the stretch, Loyola (MD) hit 7 of their final 9 free throws to secure the victory by a final score of 76-71.

Shonn Miller led the Big Red with 20 points and 9 boards on 5 of 15 shooting including 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. He drained 9 of his 10 free throws. Galal Cancer had a big game as well with 19 points on 5 of 7 shooting and 9 of 12 on free throws. Robert Hatter added 17 points on 6 of 16 shooting (1 of 7 from three point range). As a team, they went 21 of 53 (39.6%) from the floor, 3 of 19 from three point land (15.8%), and 26 of 36 from the free throw line (72.2%). They were out-rebounded 43-34, but had 9 blocks. They also cut their turnovers from 16 in the season opener to 10 on Sunday.

The Greyhounds had four players score in double figures led by Tyler Hubbard with 15 points. Eric Laster added 13 points, Franz Rassman scored 12 points, and Andre Walker had 11 points and 6 boards. Loyola (MD) shot 22 of 59 overall (37.3%) and were a solid 8 of 19 from three point range (42.1%). They went 24 of 34 from the free throw line and committed 10 turnovers.

Cornell (1-1) plays their first home game on Tuesday night against Colgate. Loyola (MD) (1-1) has a home game against Maryland-Baltimore County on Wednesday night.

Holy Cross Shocks #25 Harvard

Harvard committed 24 turnovers and still had a chance to pull out the win against Holy Cross. However, Wesley Saunders’ last second shot hit off the front iron and Holy Cross held on for the 58-57 victory.

It was clear from the start that Harvard would not have an easy game. The Crusaders took an early 8-0 lead before Harvard found their feet and would make it a close game. By the second TV timeout of the first half, Holy Cross led 12-9 with Malcolm Miller accounting for 6 of those points. Both teams played strong defense, but Holy Cross was more of a nuisance. A late 10-4 surge by Harvard allowed them to take a slim 28-27 lead into halftime.

The second half was similar to the first half in the way it began. Holy Cross went on a 9-0 run to take a 36-28 lead thanks to 5 points from Justin Burrell. Once again, Harvard need a response and they did by going on a 15-5 run to take a 43-41 lead with 11 minutes left in the game. Still, the Crusaders did not go away.

With 2:30 left in the game, Harvard held a 55-54 lead. Siyani Chambers committed back-to-back turnovers and Holy Cross hit four free throws to lead 58-55. Steve Moundou-Missi slammed the ball home to make it 58-57 with Harvard having a final chance to win. That is when Saunders’ off-balance shot was no good and Holy Cross pulled the upset of the #25 Harvard team.

Harvard was led by Saunders’ 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jonah Travis added 9 points while Corbin Miller contributed 8 points. Moundou-Missi had 8 points as well, with all of those coming in the second half. The most surprising part of Harvard’s offense was Chambers being held to one point while committing 8 turnovers. The Crimson went 21 of 48 from the floor (43.8%) and 5 of 13 from beyond the arc (38.5%). Harvard went 10 of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%) and out-rebounded the smaller Holy Cross team 36-29.

Holy Cross was led by Justin Burrell’s 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting. He was active on the defensive end as well with 3 steals. Malcolm Miller added 12 points as did Eric Green. The Crusaders went 23 of 56 overall (41.1%) and 3 of 12 from three point land (25%). They hit only 9 of 17 free throws (52.9%), but committed just 11 turnovers, and had 15 steals.

Harvard (1-1) will definitely need to work on their turnovers going forward. Against MIT on Friday night, the Crimson had 15 turnovers and saw that rise to 24 against a very good Holy Cross team. Harvard faces Florida Atlantic on Thursday night at home.

Holy Cross (1-0) has a big win on their resume with a few chances still left in the non-conference part of their schedule. They face another Ivy League team on Wednesday night in Brown (1-0).

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/14/2014

Yale Falls To Quinnipiac In Double Overtime To Start Season

Zaid Hearst scored 35 points and recorded 11 rebounds to lead Quinnipiac over Yale 88-85 in double overtime on Friday evening. Ousmane Drame added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Bobcats, but his biggest contribution was the 7 blocks he recorded. Justin Sears had 23 points and 12 rebounds, but his night was plagued by a poor second half. Javier Duren led Yale in scoring with 26 points.

The first half saw Yale open up a small lead from time to time, but Quinnipiac never let the game get away from them. Yale led 33-22 with over 6 minutes to go in the first half, but the Bobcats closed the deficit to 33-28 before Yale took a 40-38 lead at the break.

In the second half, Sears was held in check and did not score his first points until there was 1:51 remaining in the half. Drame recorded 5 blocks in the second half including one in the waning seconds on Duren’s attempt with 6 seconds left. That block came after Drame made a layup and then missed the ensuing free thrown. The game went to overtime tied at 67.

The Bobcats looked on their way to victory in the first overtime with a 75-71 lead. Sears made a layup to make it 75-73 and Kasim Chandler was fouled on a three pointer to give Quinnipiac a great chance. However, he made only one of the three shots before Jack Montague hit a three with 14 seconds left to force a second overtime.

The second overtime was all about Quinnipiac holding onto the lead and not letting go. Hearst and Justin Harris both knocked down free throws to ice the game and give them the opening win.

Montague had 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Sears finished 8 of 19 and converted 7 of his 10 free throws. Yale shot 38.5% from the floor (30 of 78) while hitting 31.8% of their threes (7 of 22). They knocked down 18 of 23 free throws (78.3%) while committing only 10 turnovers.

Quinnipiac had 5 scorers in double digits (Hearst, Drame, Evan Conti, Kasim Chandler, and Justin Harris). They went 32 of 69 as a team (46.4%) from the floor and hit 5 of 19 threes (26.3%). They went 20 of 30 from the charity stripe and had 16 turnovers.

Yale (0-1) takes on Newbury College at home on Monday night. Quinnipiac (1-0) faces La Salle on Tuesday night.


#25 Harvard Overcomes Slow Start to Beat MIT

Early on Harvard found themselves in a close game, but a strong close to the first half allowed them to win 73-52 over MIT. Both Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders scored 15 points each to lead the Crimson.

MIT went toe-to-toe with Harvard early on and held a 22-21 lead with under 10 remaining in the first half. However, a 10-0 run by Harvard led them to a 31-22 lead with the Crimson eventually leading 42-27 at halftime.

Harvard’s depth showed in the second half, but there were stretches where the Crimson just appeared off. That is not totally out of the norm early in the season, but that will need to be corrected for Tommy Amaker’s club as will the 15 turnovers committed by the Crimson.

Justin Pedley had 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting for MIT. Tim Butala added 16 points on 6 of 15 shooting while the Engineers went 18 of 45 (40%) from the floor. They also connected on 6 of 18 three pointers.

In addition to Chambers and Saunders scoring 15 apiece, Steve Moundou-Missi, Jonah Travis, and Kenyatta Smith all scored 8 points. Harvard went 24 of 44 from the floor (54.5%) while connecting on 7 of the 13 shots from beyond the arc (53.8%).

Harvard (1-0) faces Holy Cross on Sunday at 5:30 PM EST.


Princeton Wins Close Battle With Rider

Princeton went 6 for 6 in the final 66 seconds of the game to put away Rider, 64-58. The Tigers’ Spencer Weisz led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 6 boards.

The game started slowly with both teams failing to register a point until 2:31 had elapsed on the clock. Neither team was able to take a commanding lead in the first half, though Princeton managed to lead 21-14 at the 7:56 mark. However, Rider did well to trim the deficit to 21-20 thanks to four points from Teddy Okerafor in 41 seconds. Princeton took a 28-25 lead at the break.

Rider began the second half with a 10-2 run to take the 35-30 lead. It was eventually extended to 41-32 before Hans Brase drained a three to cut the deficit to 41-35. It did not take long for Princeton to come back all the way with Brase draining another three to tie the game at 43.

The game continued to be close until Amir Bell hit a three point shot to make it 58-51. The Tigers would drain the final 6 free throws to win 64-58.

Teddy Okerafor was the only player with double-digits for Rider at 16 points. He was 6 of 14 from the floor including going 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Broncs went 25 of 57 from the floor (43.9%) and 6 of 17 from beyond the arc (35.3%). The Broncs only had 4 free throw attempts, hitting two of them.

In addition to Weisz having 18 points, Brase added 12 points all from three pointers, as well as 8 rebounds. He finished 4 of 7 from three point land and 4 of 10 from the floor. Ben Hazel contributed 9 points and 7 boards while Steven Cook also had 9 points. The Tigers went 19 of 43 from the floor (44.2%) and 9 of 24 from three point range (37.5%). The Tigers went 17 of 20 from the free throw line.

Rider (0-1) faces another Ivy League opponent on Tuesday on the road in Penn. Princeton (1-0) faces George Mason on the road on Sunday afternoon.


Columbia Loses On Late Layup

Columbia tried to cling to a 56-55 lead, but Rayshaun McGrew’s layup with 7 seconds left gave Stony Brook the 57-56 victory.

Columbia played strong to start the game and led 26-12 with 5:51 left in the first half. After that, however, Stony Brook, led by McGrew and Carson Puriefoy, made it 31-25 deficit. McGrew and Puriefoy scored 9 of the final 13 points to give Stony Brook momentum heading into halftime.

Columbia led 36-27 early in the second half, but Stony Brook’s 6-0 run made it a 3 point game. Still, Columbia was able to keep Stony Brook at bay and not allow them to take a lead. With 7 minutes remaining, the Lions led 51-44. Puriefoy ran off 5 points a little later to make it 54-49 with over 3 minutes remaining.

The final sequence that led to Columbia’s loss was all about Stony Brook controlling the glass. They grabbed four offensive rebounds including the final one that led to McGrew’s game winning layup. Maodo Lo‘s three point attempt was no good as Stony Brook pulled out the win.

Maodo Lo finished with a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting including 3 of 6 from beyond the three point line. Chris McComber had 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting, all from beyond the arc. Steve Frankoski had 11 points as well. The Lions went 21 of 48 from the floor (43.8%) and 10 of 24 from beyond the arc (41.7%). The only managed to hit 4 of their 13 free throw lines.

Both McGrew and Puriefoy had 14 points for Stony Brook, though McGrew did most of his damage from the free throw line (6 of 8). Jameel Warney contributed 12 points and 15 boards. They went 22 of 54 as a team (40.7%) and were 3 of 9 from beyond the three point line. They went a paltry 10 of 21 (47.6%) from the charity stripe.

Columbia (0-1) takes on Wagner on Tuesday night. Stony Brook (1-0) travels to face Georgia on Tuesday night as well.


Cornell Shocks George Mason in Season Opener

Shonn Miller and Robert Hatter both dropped 21 points to lead Cornell past George Mason 68-60 on Friday night. Cornell won only 2 games all of last year including just one win against Division I opposition.

From the start, Cornell made their intentions known with Hatter, Miller, and Galal Cancer accounting for the first 20 points scored by the Big Red. The game remained close even as Miller accounted for the final 11 points for Cornell in the first half. At the break, Cornell led 34-31.

The second half started very slow for the Patriots. They missed their first 5 shots and fell behind 41-31 after three and a half minutes. Both teams struggled from the floor as points were at a huge premium in the first 7 minutes of the second half. It would turn out that the points were harder to come by for George Mason.

David Onuorah’s jumper at the 8:43 mark gave the Big Red a 53-40 lead. The combination of Hatter and Miller continued to be strong down the stretch as they did enough to keep the lead at double digits until a late three pointer made it 67-60 with less than 20 seconds left.

Miller went 7 of 14 from the floor including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. He also had 13 boards and 2 blocks. Hatter was more efficient by going 7 of 10 from the floor and 3 of 5 from three point range. Devin Cherry added 9 points and 10 boards as the third-leading scorer for Cornell. The Big Red went 21 of 47 (44.7%) from the floor and 9 of 18 from beyond the arc. They went 17 of 27 (63%) from the charity stripe and committed 16 turnovers, making their game even more impressive.

George Mason was led by Patrick Holloway who had 22 points on 7 of 18 shooting (4 of 11 from beyond the arc). Jalen Jenkins added 10 points. The Patriots went 21 of 68 from the floor (30.9%) and 7 of 27 from three point range (25.9%). They managed to only hit 11 of their 22 free throws and committed just 5 turnovers.

Cornell (1-0) will look to equal last season’s win total on the road at Loyola-Maryland on Sunday. George Mason (0-1) takes on another Ivy League foe, Princeton (1-0), on Sunday.


Brown Easily Gets Past St. Peter’s

Brown ended the first half and started the second half with scoring bursts to beat St. Peter’s 70-58 on Friday evening. Three players scored in double figures for the Bears to open the season with a win.

It was an even start to the game for both teams before Brown went on a 13-2 run to end the first half and led 32-22 at the break. They started the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 20 point lead at 44-24 and the Bears were on cruise control from that point on.

St. Peter’s had three players who finished in double figures. Welton Quadir had 16 points and 7 boards, Dominique Marvin had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Washington Desi had 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting (3 of 7 from three point range). The Peacocks went 22 of 61 (36.1%) from the floor and 6 of 26 from beyond the arc (23.1%).

Tavon Blackmon had 18 points on 4 of 7 shooting while also nailing all 8 of his free throw attempts to lead Brown. Cedric Kuakumensah had 15 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocks on 7 of 9 shooting. Rafael Maia added 13 points while also hitting 8 free throws on 10 attempts. Brown went 20 of 41 on field goals (48.8%) and 6 of 13 from three point range (46.2%). They went 24 of 30 from the free throw line (80%).

St. Peter’s (0-1) will have another road game on Sunday against Hartford. Brown (1-0) has a home game versus Northwestern on Monday night.