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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.

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: 11/23/2014

Cornell Lets 14 Point Lead Slip Away To Drexel

Cornell held a 33-19 lead early in the second half, but it was not enough in their 61-59 loss to Drexel. Cornell had four scorers in double digits, but could not overcome 28 points from Drexel’s Damion Lee.

Cornell began the game on a 10-4 run into the first TV timeout, but both teams went cold after that. The second TV timeout produced a score of 13-7 – just six points in four minutes of action. The last part of the half produced far more scoring with Cornell grabbing a 24-15 lead with over two minutes left. The Big Red took a 26-17 lead at the break with Devin Cherry as the leading scorer with 8 points. Cornell shot 10 of 26 from the field (38.5%) in the first half and were 3 of 9 from beyond the arc. Rodney Williams scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Drexel in the first half. The Dragons shot only 18.2% from the field in the first half (6 of 33) and were 0 for 9 on three pointers.

The second half began with Cornell embarking on a 7-2 run to take a 33-19 lead and force a timeout from Drexel. The rest of the half was the Damion Lee show with him scoring 22 points in the final 17 minutes (24 total points in the second half). With 12 minutes left, Drexel got the game to 38-32 and would soon tie the game on at 41 on a three pointer from Rashann London. The Big Red went on an 8-2 lead to take a 49-43 lead with 4:20 left in the game. Drexel would forge ahead 53-52 with 95 seconds left before the Big Red would constantly foul the Dragons. Miller had a chance for the win but his three pointer was no good and Drexel held on for the 61-59 win.

Drexel was led by Damion Lee’s 24 second half points on 8 of 16 shooting and 6 of 7 free throws. The Dragons went 15 of 29 in the second half (51.7%), 3 of 7 on three pointers (42.9%), and 11 of 15 on free throws (73.3%). Cornell’s Galal Cancer had 9 points with Shonn Miller chipping in 8 points and 4 rebounds. The Big Red went 14 of 27 in the second half (51.9%), 2 of 7 from three point range (28.6%), and 3 of 7 from the free throw line (42.9%).

Drexel’s Damion Lee had 28 points on 9 of 24 shooting (2 of 8 on three pointers) and 8 of 10 from the charity stripe. Lee also grabbed 7 rebounds. Rodney Williams had 9 points and 14 rebounds and Rashann London had 9 points. The Dragons shot 21 of 62 for the game (33.9%) and were 3 of 16 from beyond the arc (18.8%). The Dragons went 16 of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%), out-rebounded Cornell 44-35, and committed only turnovers.

Shonn Miller had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Devin Cherry scored 11 points and grabbed 5 boards, Galal Cancer had 11 points, and Robert Hatter scored 10 points. The Big Red went 24 of 53 for the game (45.3%), 5 of 16 on three pointers (31.3%), and 6 of 13 on free throws (46.2%). The Big Red had 5 blocks and committed 14 turnovers.

Drexel (1-4) has a week off before facing Southern Miss (2-1) on Sunday, November 30. Cornell (2-4) faces Canisius (2-1) at home on Wednesday night after going 0-3 at the Charleston Classic.

 

Columbia Stifles Lehigh In Low Scoring Affair

It was not pretty by any means, but Columbia got the job done by holding Lehigh to 30.2% from the field in the 54-44 victory. Jeff Coby had 16 points for the Lions.

As noted by the score, it was not a great offensive day for either team. Columbia was able to build up a 17-7 lead by the second media timeout and actually held a 25-11 lead with 9 minutes left in the first half. Columbia had a 29-19 lead with 4:29 left in the half and both teams went cold after that. 7 total points were scored in the final 4:29 with Columbia holding a 32-23 lead.

Jeff Coby had 10 first half points and 8 rebounds for Columbia with Maodo Lo scoring 9 points. The Lions shot 13 of 31 from the field (41.9%) and 5 of 15 from beyond the arc (31.2%). Lehigh was led by Kahron Ross and Miles Simelton both with 6 points. They went 10 of 32 as a team (31.2%) and missed all 7 three pointers.

Lehigh tried to cut into the deficit during the second half but could only get as close as 5 points early in the second half. At 34-29, Lehigh was within striking distance and the Mountain Hawks kept it around that deficit until late in the second half. However, they could not get it below that mark and four free throws by Columbia in the final minute made it 54-44 at the buzzer.

Scoring was at a premium for both teams with Columbia’s top second half scorer at 6 points. Again, that was Coby just as it was in the first half. Steve Frankoski and Cory Osetkowski both had 5 points. The Lions went 7 of 22 from the field (31.8%) and were just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc (9.1%). They went 7 of 13 from the free throw line (53.8%) and committed 9 turnovers. Tim Kempton had 11 second half points and 7 rebounds for Lehigh. They went 9 for 31 from the field (29%) and were 0 for 6 on three pointers. They hit 3 of 6 free throws and committed only 5 turnovers.

Columbia’s top scorer was Jeff Coby with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Coby also grabbed 12 rebounds while Isaac Cohen had 6 points and 10 rebounds. Maodo Lo scored 9 points and grabbed 7 boards. The Lions went 20 of 53 for the game (37.7%), 6 of 27 on three pointers (22.2%), and made 8 of 18 free throws (44.4%). Columbia out-rebounded Lehigh 47 to 40, but committed 14 turnovers.

Tim Kempton led Lehigh in scoring with 15 points and also grabbed 10 boards. Kahron Ross had 10 points to be the second leading scorer for the Mountain Hawks. They went 19 of 63 from the field (30.2%) and missed all 13 of their three point attempts. Lehigh went 6 of 10 from the free throw line and kept their turnovers down to 7 for the game.

Columbia (2-1) will take on Fairleigh Dickinson (2-1) on Tuesday night. Lehigh (0-4) will go on the road Wednesday night searching for their first win at DePaul (2-0).

 

Yale Ends Men Against Breast Cancer Classic In Style

A halftime deficit of 32-24 was not a problem for Yale as they came back to win 66-59 over Kent State and end the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic 3-0.

Kent State took advantage of poor first half shooting from Yale to take a 22-9 lead with 9:11 left in the first half. The Bulldogs made a 7-0 run to close the deficit to 6 points. Both teams traded buckets to the end of the half with Kent State holding a 32-24 lead at halftime. Yale went 7 of 20 in the first half (35%) and 3 of 8 on three pointers (37.5%). Armani Cotton led Yale with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Kent State went 13 of 23 from the field (56.5%) and hit 2 of 4 three pointers. Jimmy Hall had 12 points to lead the Golden Flashes at the break.

The second half began perfectly for Yale. They went 3 for 3 and cut the deficit to two points at 34-32. They took their first second half lead at the 13:10 mark with the score 39-38. The game continued to be close with Yale holding a 50-46 lead with less than 7 minutes remaining. Kent State came back and took a 52-51 lead with 4:39 left and still held a 57-56 lead with 2:18 left. Back-to-back buckets from Matt Townsend gave Yale a one point advantage before the Bulldogs went 6 for 6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.

Justin Sears and Matt Townsend led Yale with 10 second half points each. Sears also had 7 rebounds while Jack Montague had 8 points. The Bulldogs were excellent in the second half going 12 of 18 from the field (66.7%) and 3 of 5 from three point rage (60%). They also hit 15 of 19 free throws (78.9%). Jimmy Hall had 10 points for Kent State in the second half with Derek Jackson chipping in 8 points. Kent State went 9 of 25 in the second half (36%) and were 2 of 8 from beyond the arc (25%). The Golden Flashes committed only three turnovers in the final 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs ended up with 5 scorers in double figures. Jack Montague had 13 points, Matt Townsend scored 12 points, Justin Sears scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Armani Cotton scored 11 points, and Javier Duren had 10 points. For the game, Yale went 19 of 38 from the field (50%) and 6 of 13 from three point range (46.2%). The Bulldogs went 22 of 27 from the free throw line (81.5%), had 5 blocks, and committed 15 turnovers.

Kent State’s top scorer was Jimmy Hall with 22 points and 5 rebounds on 10 of 16 shooting. Derek Jackson and Kris Brewer both had 9 points apiece. The Golden Flashes went 22 of 48 from the field (45.8%), 4 of 12 from beyond the arc (33.3%), and 11 of 18 from the charity stripe (61.1%). Kent State committed 10 turnovers in the loss.

Yale (4-1) will face Lafayette (3-1) in a big early season matchup on Wednesday night. Lafayette has already beaten fellow Ivy League members Princeton and Penn on the road. Kent State (4-1) will play their next game on Saturday against Loyola (IL) (2-1).

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: 11/20/2014

Harvard Bounces Back With 22 Point Win Over Florida Atlantic

Harvard made sure that Sunday’s loss to Holy Cross was a thing of the past with their 71-49 drubbing of Florida Atlantic on Thursday night. Wesley Saunders had a game-high 19 points while Harvard committed just 11 turnovers.

Florida Atlantic took an early 11-4 lead, but Harvard reeled off 17 unanswered points to take command of the game at 21-11. The lead continued to balloon thanks to 13 combined points from Evan Cummins and Kenyatta Smith. The Crimson held a 38-20 lead at the break thanks to 13 of 23 shooting from the field (56.5%) and hitting 12 of 13 free throws (92.3%). Cummins had 9 points and 5 rebounds in the first half while Steve Moundou-Missi chipped in 8 points. Saunders scored 7 points as well. Florida Atlantic went 9 of 27 from the field (33.3%) and 2 of 8 from beyond the arc (25%). Marquan Botley and Justin Massey were the top scorers for the Owls with 5 points each.

The second half was more of an even contest with both teams constantly trading buckets. Harvard kept pushing their lead to 20 points or more, but the Owls were determined not to let the game out of their reach. Justin Raffington’s dunk with 6:18 remaining prompted a timeout from Tommy Amaker and he made his point. Harvard went on an 8-0 run to effectively end the game and allowed only two field goals in the final 6 minutes. Massey added 12 points in the second half for the Owls, but they continued to struggle from the field. FAU went 12 of 30 in the second half (40%) and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc (22.2%). Wesley Saunders scored 12 points for the Crimson, as they went 15 of 31 in the second half (48.4%) and committed only 4 turnovers.

The Owls were led by Justin Massey with 17 points and Marquan Botley scored 12 points. They shot 21 of 57 from the field (36.8%) and were only 4 of 17 from beyond the arc (23.5%). FAU went 3 of 6 from the charity stripe and committed 13 turnovers while being out-rebounded 37-23.

The Crimson got the bulk of their production from Wesley Saunders (19 points and 6 assists), Steve Moundou-Missi (14 points and 6 rebounds), Kenyatta Smith (9 points and 5 rebounds), and Evan Cummins (9 points and 10 boards). The Crimson went 28 of 54 from the field (51.9%), but were just 1 of 8 on three pointers (12.5%). They hit 14 of 18 free throws (77.8%).

Florida Atlantic (1-2) will face the Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) in Athens on Sunday. Harvard (2-1) has a bit of a break with their next game on Tuesday at home against Houston (1-0).

 

Cornell Drops Opening Game In Gildan Charleston Classic To South Carolina

Despite a decent start, Cornell was outmatched for most of the game in their 69-45 loss to South Carolina on Thursday night. Cornell made only 14 field goals for the entire game.

Neither team started well, but Cornell took a two point lead out of the under 16 media timeout, but a cold streak sent them spiraling down. The Big Red went 0 for 9 and the Gamecocks scored the next 13 points to lead 22-11. It did not get much better after that stretch. South Carolina was able to take a 35-21 lead at halftime thanks to 13 points from Sindarius Thornwell. Cornell went 7 of 23 in the first half (30.4%), were 2 of 9 from three point range (22.2%), and committed 13 turnovers. South Carolina was a bit better at 12 of 33 shooting (36.4%) and 3 of 11 from three point land (27.3%).

The second half was dominated by South Carolina with the Gamecocks outscoring Cornell 34-24. Cornell continued to struggle from the field with only 24.1% of their shots falling (7 of 29 in the second half). The Gamecocks were better at 40% (10 of 25) and converted 9 of their 11 free throw attempts (81.8%).

JoJo Fallas led the Big Red with 11 points, all in the second half, while Galal Cancer contributed 10 points. Shonn Miller was held in check with 9 points on 2 of 6 shooting and fouled out. Devin Cherry scored 8 points and grabbed 5 boards, but also committed 7 turnovers. The Big Red went 14 of 52 from the field (26.9%), 5 of 20 from beyond the arc (25%), and hit 12 of 16 free throws (75%). They committed 17 turnovers in the game and were out-rebounded 44-32.

Sindarius Thornwell had 14 points with only one point coming in the final 20 minutes. He was helped out with a big game from Mindaugas Kacinas with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Laimonas Chatkevicius had 8 points and 7 boards, Justin McKie had 8 points, and Tyrone Johnson scored 7 points and brought down 5 rebounds. The Gamecocks were 22 of 58 from the field (37.9%) and 8 of 22 on three pointers (36.4%). They hit 17 of 21 free throws (81%) and had 11 turnovers.

Cornell (2-2) plays again on Friday against Penn State (2-1) in the Charleston Classic. South Carolina (2-1) will face Charlotte (2-0) in the same tournament on Friday.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/18/2014

Rider’s Big First Half Is Enough To Down Penn

Penn was unable to overcome Rider’s hot first half shooting and fell by a score of 73-57. Zedric Sadler and Jimmie Taylor both had 10 points at the break for Rider.

The Broncs held a 14-8 lead after the second TV timeout, but Penn was able to erase the deficit and take an 18-16 lead. However, that would not last as Rider went on a 13-2 run before finishing the first half with a 40-26 lead. The Broncs were on fire going 15 of 25 from the field (60%) and were 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Penn shot 35.5% from the field (11 of 31) and were 4 of 12 from three point range (33.3%). Sam Jones was the leading scorer for the Quakers with 9 points in the first half.

The second half was more competitive, but Penn was unable to cut into the deficit with any sustained runs. Mike Auger led Penn with 8 points and the Quakers shot much better from the field at 52.2% (12 of 23). However, the struggled from beyond the arc going only 1 of 7 (14.3%). Zedric Sadler added 13 more points in the second half as Rider cooled down in the second half going 11 of 25 from the field (44%).

Sadler had 23 points on 7 of 9 shooting including 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. Taylor added 15 points and 7 boards while Khalil Alford had 10 points and 5 rebounds. For the game, Rider shot 26 of 50 from the field (52%) and went 10 of 18 from three point land (55.6%). The Broncs went 11 of 19 from the free throw line (57.9%) and committed 12 turnovers.

Penn was led by Tony Hicks with 11 points and Mike Auger with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Sam Jones had 9 points (all in the first half) and Darien Nels0n-Henry added 8 points. The Quakers went 23 of 54 from the field (42.6%) and 5 of 19 from beyond the arc (26.3%). They shot just 50% from the free throw line (6 of 12) while committing 14 turnovers.

Rider (1-1) plays their first home game on Friday night against Lehigh (0-2). Penn (0-2) has their third home game of the season on Saturday night against Lafayette (1-1).

 

Cornell Overcomes 17 point Deficit To Beat Colgate

Cornell trailed 23-6 with over 6 minutes to go in the first half, but the Big Red showed tremendous resolve to win 58-52 over Colgate. Devin Cherry led the way with 21 points for Cornell.

The first half was all about Colgate, as they got out to an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes. Cornell had a muted response while struggling to hit their shots. The lead ballooned all the way to 23-6 at the under 8 timeout with Cornell having made just two shots up to that point. The Big Red got on track after that with a 16-9 run to end the half, but they still trailed 31-22 at the break. Cornell shot 8 of 27 from the field (29.6%) in the first half while Colgate was 13 of 26 from the field. Cherry had 12 first half points for Cornell and Damon Sherman-Newsome had 11 points for the Raiders.

The second half started off slowly for Cornell, as they trailed 43-30 with 10:53 to go in the game. However, the Big Red quickly turned the game around with a 13-3 run going into the under 8 media timeout. After the timeout, Cornell scored the next 6 points and took a 49-46 to force Colgate to take a timeout. Cornell would go on to salt the game away in the final minutes by hitting 4 of their 6 free throws in the final minute. Sherman-Newsome led the Raiders in scoring again with 8 points and they shot 10 of 25 from the field in the second half (40%). Cornell shot 50% from the field (11 of 22) with Cherry leading the way with 9 second half points.

Sherman-Newsome had 19 points and 5 boards for Colgate on 8 of 14 shooting. Austin Tillotson had 11 points and Luke Roh contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Raiders shot a respectable 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%), but struggled from three point range going 5 of 15 (33.3%) and hit only 1 of 7 free throws (14.3%). They grabbed 33 rebounds as a team and committed 14 turnovers.

Cornell was led by Cherry with 21 points and 5 assists. Galal Cancer had 8 points (all in the second half), Jojo Fallas scored 8 points, and Shonn Miller scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cornell shot 19 of 49 from the field for the entire game (38.8%) and 6 of 20 from beyond the arc (30%). They hit only 14 of 26 free throws (53.8%), grabbed 36 rebounds, and had only 10 turnovers.

Colgate (0-2) plays their next game on Saturday afternoon at Campbell (1-1). Cornell (2-1) has now matched their win total from 2013-14. They are rewarded with a game against South Carolina (1-1) in the Gildan Charleston Classic on Thursday night. While technically a neutral game, it is that in name only. It will be a road game and a stern one at that.

 

Five Players Score In Double Figures For Columbia In Victory

Columbia opened up a 12 point lead at the break thanks to 13 first half points from Kyle Castlin and went on to win 70-56 over Wagner despite some tense moments late in the second half.

It was clear early on that Castlin had something to prove, as he scored 9 of the first 11 points for Columbia. At the 13:21 mark of the first half, Wagner called a timeout down 11-4. Things did not improve for Wagner with Columbia maintaining and eventually building their lead to 31-15 with four and a half minutes left in the first half. The Lions led 35-23 at the break thanks to a 13 of 25 shooting effort from the field (52%). Castlin had 13 points and Steve Frankoski had 10 points for Columbia. Wagner was led by Corey Henson with 11 points, but the team shot just 36% from the field (9 of 25).

Both teams traded buckets for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Back-t0-back three pointers from Wagner bookended to free throws from Castlin and the Columbia lead dwindled to 53-47. It did not take long for the Lions to respond in a big way. After 3 free throws and a layup, Castlin drained a three to make it 61-49 with 1:55 remaining in the game. The Lions were excellent down the stretch from the free throw line going 7 of 8 to end any miraculous come from behind bid by Wagner. Columbia went 8 of 19 from the field in the second half (42.1%) and 16 of 19 from the free throw line (84.2%). The Lions also limited their turnovers with only 3 in the final 20 minutes. Wagner went 14 of 31 from the field (45.2%) and 4 of 11 from beyond the three point line (36.4%). They too limited their turnovers with only 4.

For the game, Corey Henson led Wagner with 15 points while Marcus Burton and Nolan Long added 8 points apiece. For the game, Wagner went 23 of 56 from the field (41.1%) and 5 of 14 from beyond the arc (35.7%). The Seahawks went 5 of 10 from the free throw line and committed 12 turnovers in the game.

For Columbia, Castlin finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds on 6 of 10 shooting. Chris McComber had 12 points, Cory Osetkowski had 11 points and 8 boards, Maodo Lo had 11 points, and Steve Frankoski scored 10 points. The Lions shot 21 of 44 from the field (47.7%), 8 of 22 from beyond the arc (36.4%), and 20 of 23 from the free throw line (87%). The Lions out-rebounded Wagner 33-28 and had 12 turnovers.

Wagner (0-2) faces SUNY-Old Westbury on Thursday night. Columbia (1-1) travels to face Lehigh (0-2) on Sunday afternoon.

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.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Preview

Tommy Amaker has built an Ivy League powerhouse. Can he maintain it into the 2015? (WashingtonPost.com)
Tommy Amaker has built an Ivy League powerhouse. Can he maintain it into the 2015? (WashingtonPost.com)

 

There is no doubt that Harvard’s success in the Ivy League and the NCAA Tournament has helped the entire conference. However, those teams now want to dethrone the champ and make their own name in March Madness. This preview begins with the top dog and the Harvard Crimson.

Harvard’s defense of their Ivy League crown begins with Wesley Saunders. Saunders was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and for good reason. He averaged 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game last season. His partnership with Siyani Chambers, who averaged 11.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, makes this a tough backcourt. However, there is not a lot of depth behind them if one, or both, of them get into any kind of foul trouble.

Another player to watch on Harvard is Cameroon born Steve Moundou-Missi. He averaged 10.5 points, 6 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game in 2013-14. He has been named the captain for Harvard due to his growth as a player over the past three seasons.

The schedule for the Crimson is not too imposing. Their toughest non-conference foes are Massachusetts (home), Virginia (road), Arizona State (road), and Boston College (road).

Harvard’s top challenger is Yale. Yale was the only team to beat Harvard in the Ivy last year and they did it in Lavietes Pavilion on the road. The Bulldogs will be led by forward Justin Sears. Sears averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.9 blocks last year to lead Yale to a 9-5 Ivy League record and second place finish. It will not hurt Yale to have senior guards Javier Duren and Armani Cotton to challenge Harvard. Duren averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.5 steals while Cotton had 8.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 0.9 steals per game.

Yale has a few tests out of conference including Southern Illinois (neutral site), Providence (road), Connecticut (road), Florida (road), and Vanderbilt (road). Those games should be sufficient enough to test them to face a team like Harvard.

Another team who could challenge Harvard’s supremacy is Columbia. The Lions finished 8-6 in the Ivy League last season, which was good enough for a joint third-place finish. The Lions return their entire team from last year including the top three scorers in Alex Rosenberg, Maodo Lo, and Grant Mullins. Rosenberg finished with averages of 16 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.7 steals. Lo came on strong last year with 14.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.2 steals. Mullins added in 11.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 0.7 steals. With the entire roster coming back intact, this team looms very dangerous with the depth and experience they have.

The schedule for Columbia is far from daunting. Their toughest games are both on the road and will surely result in losses. They travel to Rupp Arena to face Kentucky on 12/10 and then face UConn on 12/22.

Another team who is listed as a contender is the Brown Bears. However, they lost their top scorer from 2013-14 in guard Sean McGonagill, who averaged 17.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Taking That loss means the Bears will rely on their frontcourt with Cedric Kuakumensah and Rafael Maia. Those two, who both stand at 6-9, will need to be enforcers on the inside to block and alter shots at the rim. Kuakumensah averaged 3.2 blocks a game last season and will need to replicate that form again if Brown are to seriously contend in the Ivy League.

Brown has a couple of noteworthy non-conference games against Northwestern (home) and Illinois (road). The two biggest games for Brown occur in the span of a week. The Bears will face Yale on 1/17/15 and 1/24/15 in two games that will determine whether or not they belong in the upper echelon of the Ivy League in 2014-15.

One team that is flying well under the radar is Dartmouth. They had a disappointing 2013-14 campaign when they finished 5-9 in the Ivy League and 12-16 overall. Their season was derailed with the ACL injury to Gabas Maldunas. He was well on his way to being the leading scorer for the Big Green and in 15 games he averaged 11.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2 blocks per game. He is not expected back until December, but his return will undoubtedly give them a boost.

Without Maldunas, Alex Mitola and Connor Boehm stepped up to fill the void, but it was not enough. Mitola was the leading scorer with 11.8 points, but also added in 2.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 0.6 steals per game. Boehm averaged 10.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 0.5 steals per game.

There are not any big name opponents for Dartmouth, but they do have some games they can use to measure up against the middle of the Ivy League. They face New Hampshire (home), Northern Illinois (home), and Penn State (road).

Another team looking to bounce back from a poor season is the Penn Quakers. They went 5-9 in the Ivy and 8-20 overall after being selected to finish second in the 2013-14 season. Penn returns their first and fourth leading scorers. Tony Hicks led the way with 14.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 0.6 steals per game. The fourth leading scorer was Darien Nelson-Henry with 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game. Those two will be joined by Patrick Lucas-Perry, who played in only 5 games last year due to injuries.

Penn has several games that could point them in one direction or other. Those games are against Temple (road), Vanderbilt (road), La Salle (road), Villanova (home), and Saint Joseph’s (home).

Princeton is not to be lost in the shuffle, but they lost a humongous piece of their offense in T.J. Bray. Bray averaged 18 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. One player who is a candidate to step up is Hans Brase. Brase averaged 11.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks a game.

For Princeton, they have several intriguing games. They face George Mason (road), UTEP (neutral site), California (road), and Wake Forest (road).

Finally, we come to the Cornell Big Red. They went 1-13 in the Ivy League and 2-26 overall in 2013-14. The only two wins for them came against Oberlin College and Dartmouth. The leading member of that squad was Nolan Cressler. who averaged 16.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals per game. However, Cressler has transferred to Vanderbilt leaving Cornell in an even bigger hurt.

The top returning scorer for Cornell is Devin Cherry. Cherry averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. Guard Robert Hatter is a player to watch for the Big Red. He appeared in the first 20 games in 2013-14 as a freshman and averaged 9 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Injuries knocked him out of the remaining 8 games, but he should respond well with 20 games he played last year.

Perhaps the biggest return for Cornell is senior forward Shonn Miller. He missed all of 2013-14 will a shoulder injury, but in 2012-13 he put up averages of 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game. His return will help the Big Red, but how much is another matter.

 

Predicted Order of Finish

The 2014-15 season for the Ivy League should be an intriguing one. Harvard is the favorite to win, but they are not the overwhelming favorite by any means. Both Columbia and Yale will provide formidable challenges in an attempt to prevent the Crimson from winning a fifth straight Ivy League title. Battling for the fourth spot will come down to Penn, Princeton, Brown, and Dartmouth and all have a solid chance at claiming it. Cornell still appears to be at least one or two seasons from moving out of the Ivy League cellar.

Here is the predicted order of finish for the 2014-15 Ivy League Season:

1. Harvard

2. Columbia

3. Yale

4. Dartmouth

5. Penn

6. Brown

7. Princeton

8. Cornell

 

Barring the improbable occurrence of two one-loss Ivy League teams, only the regular season winner will earn the Ivy League’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. As usual, the Ivy League winner is not to be trifled with when March Madness rolls around.