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Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/23/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/23/2014

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

 

Cornell Powers Past Siena In Second Half

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/6/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/6/2014

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

 

Penn Beats Binghamton; Wins Second Straight Road Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dartmouth Crushes Maine

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Princeton Overcomes Second Half Deficit To Beat Stony Brook

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cornell Extends Win Streak To Three With Win Over UMass Lowell

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Columbia’s Defense Too Much In Blowout

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Harvard Needs Double Overtime To Top Vermont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/26/2014

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: 11/23/2014

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).

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

9 days have been played in the college basketball season and it is time for some power rankings. Here, we will look solely at the Ivy League and games that took place from Friday, November 14 through Saturday, November 22. For those who need a refresher, here were the predictions from the Ivy League Preview:

Preseason Rankings
Rank Team
1 Harvard
2 Columbia
3 Yale
4 Dartmouth
5 Penn
6 Brown
7 Princeton
8 Cornell

 

The first nine days have produced some surprises both good and bad. Cornell has shown they are not to be trifled with while Harvard played sloppy in their first two games including in their 58-57 upset loss to Holy Cross on 11/16. Then there were some expected events like Yale playing well and starting 3-1 on the season. Let’s take a look at the Week 1 power rankings for the Ivy League.

1. Harvard Crimson (2-1) – This could have been Yale, but Harvard gets the nod by a hair. The Crimson did not look great in the first two games with the turnovers too high between MIT (16) and Holy Cross (24). They cut those down to 11 against Florida Atlantic, but that is still too high for Tommy Amaker’s liking. Another disappointing part for the Crimson has been guard Siyani Chambers. He scored 1 point against Holy Cross (and had 9 turnovers) and scored 2 points against FAU. He has to get going for Harvard. The Crimson could fall down a spot if they continue to look mediocre.

2. Yale Bulldogs (3-1) – There is no doubt that Yale will be one of the top challengers in the Ivy and they have looked good in all four games thus far. Their lone loss, an 88-85 double overtime game, was at Quinnipiac in the first game of the season and they have been solid in their last three games. Justin Sears has been as good as advertised and Yale will be tough to knock out of the top two spots if they continue to play like they have been.

3. Columbia Lions (1-1) –  Columbia lost a tough one to start the season on a late layup by Stony Brook, but came back to handle Wagner with ease in their second game. One area the Lions need to improve on is from the free throw line. They have hit only 66.7% of their free throws and in close games, they could end up on the wrong end.

4. Cornell Big Red (2-3) – The Big Red have been a surprise team, at least to this author. Shonn Miller’s return was expected to boost the Big Red, but Galal Cancer has been a big boost as well. Cornell started the season with a win over George Mason on the road, but lost to Loyola (MD) before beating Colgate. They lost, expectedly, to South Carolina, but nearly pulled a big upset of Penn State on Friday. An errant in bounds pass by Miller led to a layup as time expired by Penn State. Nevertheless, the Big Red should be encouraged by these early season games and based on they way they have played, they will not be in the cellar for the Ivy League.

5. Princeton Tigers (1-3) – The season has started off poorly for the Tigers. After beating Rider 64-58 in the season opener, they have dropped 3 straight games. They will need to shoot better from the field (just 40% on the year and two of the three losses were less than 36%). The Tigers have the players to make a push into the top half of the table, but they need to get on a roll.

6. Brown Bears (1-3) – Perhaps this is a bit harsh to have the Bears down here due to their schedule, but they have been poor handling the ball. The Bears have committed at least 15 turnovers in all four of their games and at least 20 in the past two. Facing Northwestern, Holy Cross (an excellent mid-major), and Indiana State has not been kind to them. The last two were both on the road as well. Leland King has been very good this year averaging 19 points a game. The Bears have a lot of room for improvement.

7. Dartmouth Big Green (0-2) – The Big Green have played only two games and it was clear they were rusty. They were crushed by St. Bonaventure in the second half in the 77-57 loss, but played a better game against Hartford in the next game. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Gabas Maldunas coming back off his ACL injury to play in both games. He looked like someone who had missed 10 months due to an injury by going 2 of 7 from the field for 8 points. He played much better against Hartford going 5 for 5 and tallying 12 points. The Big Green will surely perform better as Maldunas continues to get into basketball shape.

8. Penn Quakers (0-3) – Penn has struggled in nearly every facet during their first three games. They have committed at least 14 turnovers in every game, shot no better than 63% from the free throw line in any game, and have struggled from beyond the arc (just 29.2% for the season). The schedule does not get much easier with all four games against Philadelphia area Rivals still to be played.

Week 1 (11/14 – 11/22)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Harvard 2-1 1
2 Yale 3-1 3
3 Columbia 1-1 2
4 Cornell 2-3 8
5 Princeton 1-3 7
6 Brown 1-3 6
7 Dartmouth 0-2 4
8 Penn 0-3 5

 

Check back next Sunday for the week 2 edition of the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings.

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: 11/16/2014

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.