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Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/28/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/28/2014

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

 

Columbia Rallies In Second Half To Top Colgate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brown Beats Sacred Heart For Fourth Straight Victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Harvard Drops Another Big Game On The Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/21/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/21/2014

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

 

Virginia Dominates Harvard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cornell Shut Down In Second Half Loss At Radford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 11/20/2014

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: 11/16/2014

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.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Preview

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Predicted Order of Finish

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

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

1. Harvard

2. Columbia

3. Yale

4. Dartmouth

5. Penn

6. Brown

7. Princeton

8. Cornell

 

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