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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.

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Rider’s Big First Half Is Enough To Down Penn

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cornell Overcomes 17 point Deficit To Beat Colgate

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

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

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

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

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

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


Five Players Score In Double Figures For Columbia In Victory

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

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

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

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

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

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