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2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the Week 6 Power Rankings:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the Week 5 Power Rankings:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the Week 4 Power Rankings:

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

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

 

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

 

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

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/9/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/9/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Only one Ivy League team played on Tuesday night and that was the Penn Quakers. They faced Marist at home.

 

Penn Cruises Past Marist

An awful shooting performance by Marist combined with a modest Penn effort made it an easy win for the Quakers. Sam Jones led the way with 19 points in Penn’s 59-42 victory.

It was a slow start to the game for both teams, though it picked up for Penn as the half went on. After 9 minutes Penn led 10-2, but it did not take long for that lead to balloon. Over the next 6 minutes, the Quakers went on a 14-2 run to lead 24-4. Marist was ice cold from the field throughout the half as Penn was able to build their lead easily. Marist had only 7 points in the first 18:30 of the half until they scored 7 points in the final 1:30. Penn led 35-14 at the break.

Marist struggled mightily in the first half. K.J. Lee was the top scorer with 4 points while the Red Foxes hit only 4 shots the entire half. They went 4 of 24 (16.7%) and hit 1 of 12 three pointers (8.3%). The Quakers did not shoot lights out, but they did shot 48.3% from the field (14 of 29) and out-rebounded Marist 24-12 in the first half. Sam Jones had 13 points in the first half while Greg Louis scored 10 points and grabbed 6 boards.

The second half was a mere formality as long as Penn continued to shoot even mediocre from the field. They did just that with the lead getting as big as 28 points in the second half at 59-31. A late three pointer from Marist’s James Griffin made it a 59-42 final. Marist scored 28 points in the second half compared to Penn’s 24.

For the game, K.J. Lee had 15 points to lead Marist. Nick Colletta and James Griffin both had 8 points on a combined 5 of 16 shooting from the field and 3 of 12 from beyond the arc. The Red Foxes had a game to forget from the field hitting only 11 of 52 shots (21.2%) and connected on 4 of 28 three pointers (14.3%). They did shot well from the free throw line by making 16 of 17 shots, blocked 7 shots, and committed 21 turnovers.

Penn was led by Sam Jones’ 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting and he also hit 5 of 6 three pointers. Greg Louis scored 13 points (on 5 of 7 shooting) and grabbed 9 rebounds. Darien Nelson-Henry scored 5 points and grabbed 9 boards while Matt Howard had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Quakers were not impressive from the field, but they were compared to Marist. Penn went 22 of 53 (41.5%) and hit 6 of 15 three pointers (40%). They out-rebounded Marist 45-31, had 16 assists, 9 steals, and committed 20 turnovers.

Marist (1-8) faces VMI (4-6) Saturday afternoon on the road. Penn (3-5) has a 13 day break before traveling to face Vanderbilt (5-2) on December 22.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 3

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/6/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/6/2014

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

 

Penn Beats Binghamton; Wins Second Straight Road Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dartmouth Crushes Maine

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Princeton Overcomes Second Half Deficit To Beat Stony Brook

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cornell Extends Win Streak To Three With Win Over UMass Lowell

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Columbia’s Defense Too Much In Blowout

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Harvard Needs Double Overtime To Top Vermont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/4/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/4/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Thursday, December 4, 2014. A bevy of 6 Ivy League teams were in action – Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

 

Brown Struggles At Home In Loss To American

 Jesse Reed’s 22 points and 8 rebounds were enough for American to send Brown to a 66-49 loss.

The final score was not indicative of how the game started. Both teams started well, but Brown took a 17-9 before American surged back with a 9-0 run and an 18-17 lead with over 8 minutes left in the first half. The rest of the half was back and forth with American taking a 29-28 lead at the break.

Jesse Reed led American with 10 points in the first half on 4 of 6 shooting. The Eagles shot 48% from the field, hit 1 of 5 three pointers (20%), and hit 80% of free throws. The Eagles committed only 4 turnovers in the first half. Brown was led by Cedric Kuakumensah with 12 points. The Bears hit 40% of their shots and hit 3 of 10 three pointers (30%). Brown out-rebounded American 17 to 13 and committed 7 turnovers.

The first half was even for 7 minutes, but then American took over. American led 38-35 with 13:18 with the Eagles completely taking over for the rest of the second half. They held Brown to just 14 points over the next 13 minutes while putting up 28 of their own.

Reed led American with 12 second half points and 5 rebounds. The Eagles hit 52.4% of their shots and went 4 of 6 from beyond the arc (66.7%). They won the battle on the glass 18-14 and committed only 5 turnovers. Tavon Blackmon was the top scorer for Brown with 6 points. The Bears shot only 28% in the second half and missed all 5 three pointers. They committed 5 turnovers.

For the game, Jesse Reed had 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting including making all three of his three pointers and 7 of 8 free throws. He also corralled 8 rebounds. Zach Elcano had 13 points and 4 rebounds while John Schoof scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pee Wee Gardner also had 8 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles. American went 23 of 46 from the field (50%) and hit 5 of 11 three pointers (45.5%). They went 15 of 21 from the charity stripe (71.4%), out-rebounded Brown by a slight 34 to 32 margin, and committed 9 turnovers.

Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 17 points and 4 rebounds for Brown. Leland King had 11 points and 13 rebounds while Tavon Blackmon scored 9 points and had 4 assists. The Bears shot 17 of 50 from the field (34%) and hit 3 of 15 three pointers (20%). They went 12 of 19 from the free throw line (63.2%) and committed 12 turnovers.

American (5-3) travels to face #24 Illinois (6-1) on Saturday. Brown’s (3-6) loss snapped a two game win streak and faces Bryant (1-4) on Saturday.

 

Penn Finally Gets First Win

Penn had a monster first half that provided them enough cushion to get the win over Navy. The Quakers won 57-46 on the road.

Neither team had an advantage at the second TV timeout with the score tied at 10-10, but Penn would take command shortly thereafter. Penn went on a 9-2 run to take a 19-12 lead before blowing the game wide open. 3 of the next 4 buckets for the Quakers were three pointers and that provided them with a 30-19 lead. The Quakers finished off the half with an 8-2 run and a 38-21 halftime lead.

The second half was not nearly as fast-paced. At the first TV timeout, Penn led 47-28 while the second TV timeout provided a score of 49-32, meaning that only 6 points were scored in 4 minutes. Navy continued to chip away at the deficit and made it single digits at 52-44 with 5:25 remaining in the game. However, the Midshipmen struggled from the field for the rest of the game making just one bucket and not putting pressure on the Quakers to make their free throws.

Penn was led by Tony Hicks‘ 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Darien Nelson-Henry had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Darnell Foreman chipped in 9 points. The Quakers hit 21 of 45 from the field (46.7%) and made 5 of 14 three pointers (35.7%). They made 1o of 15 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded Navy 36-31, had 16 assists, and committed 16 turnovers.

Navy had no scorers in double digits. Zach Fong and Edward Alade both finished with 8 points. Navy went 18 of 53 from the field (34%) and hit 5 of 23 three pointers (31.7%). They went 5 of 13 from the free throw line (38.5%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Penn (1-5) finally won their first game after starting the season with 5 losses. They travel to face Binghamton (1-7) 0n Saturday. Navy (2-6) faces their first of back-to-back Military institutions in the Citadel (3-4) on Saturday. Navy faces VMI on Tuesday.

 

Dartmouth Loses Close Battle For Second Straight Game

This is not a trend Dartmouth wants to see. For the second time in as many games, Dartmouth has lost a close match. On Sunday, it was New Hampshire and Wednesday it was Longwood. Longwood’s Quincy Taylor accounted for nearly 50% of his teams points (34) in their 74-73 win over Dartmouth.

Longwood quickly got out to a 10-1 lead, but Dartmouth erased that deficit and then some by the second TV timeout. They went on a 15-0 run to lead 16-10. The lead was cut to as little as three pointers, but the Big Green used a strong 11-6 run to lead 42-31 at the break.

The second half began remarkably similar to the first half. Longwood went on a 9-3 run to start the half and trailed 45-10 at the first TV timeout. Despite the solid start, Dartmouth built the lead back up to 63-54. In a three minute span, Longwood cut the deficit back down to one at 64-63 with 4 minutes left in the game. Longwood even trailed 73-66 with a minute left, but then the wheels fell off for Dartmouth.

The comeback would be done unconventionally for a team down by 7 points. The Lancers hit 6 free throws and and a layup to pull the stunning comeback. Quincy Taylor hit two free throws with 6 seconds left and Alex Mitola could not hit his shot to save the Big Green.

Miles Wright led Dartmouth off the bench with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting. Malik Gill had a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists while Connor Boehm had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Alex Mitola scored 10 points. The Big Green shot 27 of 48 from the field (56.3%) and hit 8 of 18 three pointers (44.4%). They went 11 of 19 free throws (57.9%), had 16 assists, and committed 11 turnovers. Dartmouth out-rebounded Longwood 28-24.

Quincy Taylor had 34 points on 13 of 18 shooting including making 5 of 7 three pointers. Shaquille Johnson contributed a solid 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Lancers went 23 of 45 from the field (51.1%) and hit 9 of 21 three pointers (42.9%). They went 19 of 24 from the free throw line (79.2%) and committed only 9 turnovers.

Dartmouth (1-4) will play their next game at home on Saturday against Maine (1-5). Longwood (3-5) faces Tennessee-Martin (4-2) on the road on Saturday.

 

Harvard Breezes Past Northeastern

Wesley Saunders played an excellent all around game to lead Harvard past Northeastern 60-46.

Harvard blitzed the Huskies in the first half with a 10-0 run to start the game. Kenyatta Smith scored the last six points of the run. Northeastern scored the next four points, but Harvard was in control until late in the half. The Crimson led 23-12 with 4:17 to play before a 10-4 run by Northeastern to end the half. Harvard led 27-22 at the break.

Northeastern was led by 9 points in the first half from Scott Eatherton. The Huskies shot 36% from the field in the first half and missed both of their three pointers. The Huskies crushed Harvard on the glass 17 to 9 and committed 7 turnovers. Agunwa Okolle led the Crimson with 6 points on 3 of 3 shooting. The Crimson shot 52.4% from the field and hit 2 of 4 three pointers. The Crimson committed 6 turnovers.

Northeastern hit an early three pointer to cut the lead to 27-25 and it was 31-28 Harvard before the Crimson ripped of a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 9. The Huskies continued to keep it close until midway through the half, but Harvard took over from there. At 44-38 with 9:24 left to play, Harvard went on a 16-8 run to end the game.

Scott Eatherton led Northeastern in the second half as well with 7 points and 4 rebounds. The Huskies shot 30.8% and hit 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They also committed 7 turnovers. Wesley Saunders had 12 points for Harvard on 4 of 7 shooting. The Crimson shot 52% in the second half and missed all 3 three pointers. They committed only 4 second half turnovers.

Scott Eatherton led Northeastern with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Reggie Spencer also had a decent game with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Huskies hit 17 of 51 shots from the field (33.3%) and made only 2 of 10 three pointers (20%). They went 10 of 17 on free throws (58.8%), out-rebounded Harvard 35-24, and committed 14 turnovers.

Harvard was led by Wesley Saunders’ 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Siyani Chambers scored 11 points and had 7 assists. The Crimson shot 24 of 46 from the field (52.2%) and hit 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). They went 10 of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%), had 15 assists, had 8 steals, blocked 6 shots, and committed 10 turnovers.

Northeastern (5-2) faces Western Michigan (5-2) at home on Saturday. Harvard (5-1) is on a four game winning streak and puts that on the line at Vermont (4-3) on Saturday.

 

Yale Gets Past Bryant On The Road

Yale had four players in double figures, as they went on the road to defeat Bryant 67-60. Dyami Starks scored 23 points for Bryant in the loss.

Yale led by as much as 8 points at 18-10, but Bryant went on a 15-6 run to capture the lead at 25-24. Yale regained the lead 20 seconds later and held on to it at the break with a score line of 33-28.

In the second half, Yale got out to a quick start. The trio of Javier Duren, Justin Sears, and Matt Townsend scored the first 18 points for the Yale, as they took control of the game at 51-37. Dyami Starks did his best to keep Bryant in the game, but the aforementioned trio of Duren, Sears, and Townsend were able to keep Bryant at bay and hold on for the 67-60 win.

For the game, Javier Duren and Justin Sears both finished with 15 points. Sears grabbed 7 rebounds while Duren had 5 boards and 7 assists. Matt Townsend and Jack Montague both had 11 points. Townsend grabbed 5 boards. Yale went 23 of 50 from the field (46%) and hit 5 of 16 three pointers (31.2%). They hit 16 of 26 free throws (61.5%), out-rebounded Bryant 38 to 28, had 15 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

Dyami Starks led Bryant with 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting, but was on fire from the perimeter. He hit 5 of his 8 three pointers. Zach Chionuma finished with 11 points. Bryant went 23 of 55 from the field (41.8%) and hit 10 of 25 three pointers (40%). They went to the line only 6 times and made 4 of those (66.7%) and committed 12 turnovers.

Yale (7-2) has a quick turnaround with a Friday night game against Connecticut (3-2) on the road. Bryant (1-4) travels to face another Ivy League opponent on Saturday in Brown (3-6).

 

Fairleigh Dickinson Uses 64 Point Second Half To Get By Princeton

Fairleigh Dickinson had two players score 22 points our more to outscore Princeton 89-85 in a shootout.

The first half was modest compared to what was in store for the second half. FDU led 10-6 before a 10-0 Princeton run gave them a 16-10 lead. FDU cut the lead to one point at 24-23, but a 9-2 run to end the half gave Princeton a 33-25 lead at the break.

Princeton maintained their advantage early in the second half. They led 53-43, but FDU went on a 9-0 run to cut it to one point. Shortly after that, FDU took the advantage and soon found themselves up by 11 points at 68-57 with 4:26 left to play. The margin was still 7 points at 79-72 with 55 seconds left to play. FDU went 12 for 12 in the final 55 seconds to hold on for the 89-85 victory.

Princeton had 5 players end up in double figures. Hans Brase had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as well as 5 assists. Spencer Weisz had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Clay Wilson scored 15 points, Amir Bell had 12 points and 5 assists, and Steven Cook scored 11 points. The Tigers went 26 of 50 from the field (52%) and hit 13 of 28 three pointers (46.4%). They went 20 of 30 from the charity stripe (66.7%), out-rebounded FDU 32-29, had 17 assists, and committed 11 turnovers.

Fairleigh Dickinson was led by 29 points and 8 rebounds from Matt MacDonald on 8 of 12 shooting and 10 of 11 free throws. Mustafaa Jones had 22 points on 4 of 8 shooting and 11 of 12 free throws. Darian Anderson scored 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Earl Potts Jr. chipped in with 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting and was 2 of 2 from the perimeter. The Knights went 24 of 47 from the field (51.1%) and made 10 of 22 three pointers (45.5%). They hit 31 of their 41 free throws (75.6%), had 9 steals, and committed 9 turnovers.

Princeton (2-6) faces Stony Brook (5-3) at home on Saturday. Fairleigh Dickinson (3-3) travels on Saturday to face Notre Dame (7-1).

2014-15: Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2

We are now officially well underway in the college basketball season. To date, there has been 15 days of basketball completed. The Ivy League teams have been in some exciting games and a few upsets thus far. Before we get to the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings for week 2, let’s look back at what we had for week 1.

Week 1 (11/14 – 11/22)
Rank Team Record Previous 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

 

Half the league is at .500 or better after two weeks while the other half is a combined 4-17. The only team without a win is Penn who sits at 0-5 and number eight in the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings. Here are the power rankings for week two in the Ivy League.

 

1. Harvard Crimson (4-1) – Harvard went 2-0 last week with an easy win over Houston and a tough game against UMass. Wesley Saunders got going for the Crimson with 51 points combined in the two games. Harvard also had a season low 8 turnovers against UMass, which is a good sign after how many they had to start the season.

2. Yale Bulldogs (5-2) – Yale went 2-1 last week winning at Kent State to capture the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. They also beat Lafayette before dropping the Black Friday game at Providence. The Bulldogs did not embarrass themselves in that game either. They played hard to the end and even though Justin Sears had a poor game, they had other players step up.

3. Columbia Lions (4-1) – Columbia went 3-0 last week and gave up an average of 44.7 points per game. The highest amount they gave up was 47 to Fairleigh Dickinson. If the Lions continue to play defense like this, they could see themselves push Yale for the second spot in the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings.

4. Cornell Big Red (4-4) – The Big Red are in a precarious position. At this point in the season, they are clearly not as good as the top three teams, but are clearly better than the bottom four teams. They lost to Drexel to start the week but rebounded with two solid performances against Canisius and Binghamton. If they can finish out games in the Ivy League portion of their schedule, they may be able to break into the top three.

5. Brown Bears (2-5) – The Bears mark the dartboard portion of the Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings. The Bears started the week with an expected blowout loss to Illinois. Then they got crushed by 21 points in the Las Vegas Invitational against Austin Peay. They rebounded to beat Prairie View, but that was to be expected. The Bears will need to show more consistency if they want to hold on to the number 5 spot.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) – The Big Green played only one game and need a buzzer beater to win. Conner Boehm had the honors of the game winner that beat IPFW. Gabas Maldunas continues to get better (granted it has only been 3 games), which bodes well for Dartmouth. Still, they will need more than him to be competitive the rest of the year.

7. Princeton Tigers (1-5) – Princeton played two games in the Wooden Legacy and never really threatened to win either game. They lost to UTEP 62-56 and then followed that up with a 75-65 loss to San Diego. The Tigers continue to struggle from beyond the arc (less than 32% in their last three games). Unless Penn continues to lose, Princeton could find themselves in the cellar.

8. Penn Quakers (0-5) -The Quakers dropped two games in week 2 and are the only team in the Ivy League without a win. They lost at Temple in a good effort, but then lost to Wagner after hitting only 1 field goal in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Quakers continue to turn the ball over and struggle hitting three pointers.

 

Below is the table for week two’s Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings.

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

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

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: 11/25/2014

Harvard Dominates Houston

Wesley Saunders scored 24 points to lead the Harvard Crimson past Houston 84-63. The Crimson were efficient all evening long shooting over 50% from the field.

The Crimson asserted themselves by taking a 15-6 lead with over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The usual suspects were in fine form for Harvard as they built up a 43-34 lead at the break. Saunders scored 12 points in the first half and grabbed 6 rebounds. Siyani Chambers had 8 points in the first half after scoring a total of 3 in his previous two games. The Crimson went 15 of 27 from the field (55.6%) and 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Eric Weary Jr.’s 14 first half points kept Houston within striking distance but they Cougars went just 11 of 34 in the first half (32.4%).

Saunders accounted for the first five points of the second half as the Crimson took a 48-34 lead just 38 seconds after the break. Steve Moundou-Missi had five points over the next few minutes and the Crimson held a 60-40 lead with 12:23 left in the game. Harvard continued to make shots while the Cougars could not cut into the deficit. The Crimson coasted home with an 84-63 win over the Cougars.

In that second half Houston was led by Cavon Baker with 8 points, but on a poor 2 of 7 shooting (he hit 3 of 3 free throws). Houston went 10 of 29 in the second half (34.5%) and 4 of 12 from beyond the arc (33.3%). They hit 5 of 6 free throws (83.3%) and kept their turnovers low with only 6.

Harvard was led by Saunders with another 12 points. Moundou-Missi scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds with the team shooting 50% from the field (13 of 26). They went only 3 of 9 on three pointers (33.3%), but hit 12 of 16 free throws (75%).

For the game, Eric Weary Jr. scored 19 points and grabbed 5 boards while Danrad Knowles and Cavon Baker each had 11 points. The Cougars went 21 of 63 from the field (33.3%), 10 of 25 from beyond the arc (40%), and 11 of 17 from the charity stripe (64.7%).

Harvard ended up with 4 players in double figures. Wesley Saunders had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Moundou-Missi had 14 points and 14 boards, Siyani Chambers scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and Corbin Miller chipped in 12 points. The Crimson went 28 of 53 from the field (52.8%), 6 of 13 from three point range (46.2%), and 22 of 26 on free throws (84.6%). Harvard out-rebounded Houston 43-32, had 6 blocks, but committed 13 turnovers.

Houston (2-1) faces UT-Pan American (3-0) on Thursday, December 4 for their next game. Harvard (3-1) will face Massachusetts (4-1) on Saturday afternoon in an intriguing battle.

 

Temple Hangs On To Beat Penn

The Penn Quakers battled to the end, but ultimately came up short against their local rival Temple by a score of 76-67. Mark Williams had 24 points for Temple to lead the Owls to the victory. Penn’s Mike Auger was seen in a walking boot and did not play.

Temple got out to a quick start and held a 12-2 lead four and a half minutes into the game. Penn battled back and took an 18-17 lead after a 16-5 run. With the game deadlocked at 30, Josh Brown hit a three for Temple to take a 33-30 lead, which ignited the Owls to finish the first half on a 14-7 run to lead 44-37 at the break.

Penn was led by Tony Hicks‘ 15 first half points with Darien Nelson-Henry scoring 9 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. The Quakers went 11 of 30 from the field (36.7%), 13 of 15 from the free throw line (86.7%), but committed 11 turnovers. Mark Williams had 13 points in the first half while Quenton Decosey scored 10 points.

Temple expanded their lead to 52-41 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Penn responded with an 18-8 run to make it 60-59 with 9:44 left to play in the game. Penn continued to hang around and trailed 70-67 with 75 seconds left. However, the Quakers would not get another point and Temple hit 6 of their final 7 free throws to salt the game away.

Matt Howard led Penn in points during the second half with 10. Tony Hicks fouled out with over 6 minutes left to put a dent in Penn’s hopes to pull the upset. Greg Louis finished with 8 points on 3 rebounds. The Quakers hot much better in the second half going 12 of 23 from the field (52.2%), but were just 1 of 7 on three pointers (14.3%).

Mark Williams had 11 points in the second half to lead Temple, but he got help from Will Cummings who had 9 points. The Owls went 12 of 25 during the second half (48%) and were only 2 of 9 from beyond the arc (22.2%).

For the game, Tony Hicks was the leading scorer for Penn with 17 points. Matt Howard finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Darien Nelson-Henry had 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Quakers went 23 of 53 from the field (43.4%), 3 of 15 from beyond the arc (20%), and 18 of 22 from the free throw line (81.8%). Penn committed 19 turnovers and out-rebounded Temple 37-29.

Temple was led by Williams with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Will Cummings contributed with 16 points and 7 boards, Quenton Decosey had 14 points, and Josh Brown had 11 points. The Owls went 25 of 56 from the field (44.6%), hit only 6 of 24 threes (25%), and made 20 of 26 free throws (76.9%). The Owls had 14 assists and committed 11 turnovers.

 

Columbia Holds Fairleigh Dickson To 47 Points In Victory

It was another ugly performance for Columbia, but it resulted in something more important: a win. The Lions hit less than 32% of their shots in the 57-47 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

It was an even contest for much of the first half. FDU took a 14-11 lead halfway through but the final 6 minutes were dominated by Columbia. Tied at 18 with 6:04 left, the Lions embarked on an 11-7 run to close out the first half with a 29-25 lead. Kyle Castlin scored 7 of the final 8 points for Columbia.

The second half began with Columbia taking a 34-25 lead before the Knights battle back to make it 34-33 in favor of Columbia. The Lions made it 40-33 with 14:05 left to play with both teams trading buckets after that. With the score at 43-41, Columbia went on a 9-2 run to take control of the game. From there, it was all about hitting their free throws, which they did. Columbia outscored FDU 28-22 in the second half to win 57-47.

FDU was led by Xavier Harris‘ 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He also grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Knights in both points and boards for the game. Mustafaa Jones scored 11 points and Matt MacDonald had 10 points and 6 boards. The Knights went 16 of 44 for the game (36.4%) and hit only 3 of 18 three pointers (16.7%). They went an excellent 12 of 13 from the free throw line (92.3%) while committing 14 turnovers.

Kyle Castlin led Columbia in points, but not because of his shooting from the field. He went 2 of 6 from the floor, but hit 13 of his 14 free throw attempts to finish with 19 points. Maodo Lo had 12 points on 4 of 16 shooting (3 of 12 on three pointers) while Corey Osetkowski had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Isaac Cohen scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as well. The Lions went 14 of 44 from the field (31.8%) and hit 7 of 24 three pointers (29.2%). Columbia went 22 of 28 from the free throw line (78.6%) and committed 12 turnovers. The Lions out-rebounded the Knights 35-28.

Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2) takes on Lafayette (3-1) on Sunday. Columbia (3-1) stays home to play American (3-2) Saturday.