GAME NOTES: The Cornell Big Red will attempt halt their recent slide, as they
travel to Leede Arena for Friday night's Ivy League clash with the Dartmouth
Cornell appeared to be one of the league favorites just a few weeks back
before a head-scratching, four-game homestand where it went 0-4. The Big Red
most recently faced off against Yale last Saturday and were handed a 79-70
defeat to fall to 13-16 overall and 5-7 in the league. Oddly enough, the squad
could actually be looking forward to heading back out on the road (7-6)
considering its terrible play at home (4-10).
As for Dartmouth, its season has been a disappointment from the start as it
sits at 7-19 overall and 3-9 in the Ivy League. The Big Green snapped a five-
game losing streak with a 69-64 road win over Penn last Friday, but they fell
back to their losing ways a day later with a 68-63 setback at Princeton.
Cornell snapped a 102-102 tie in the all-time series with Dartmouth by
claiming a 79-56 win in Ithaca on Feb. 10.
The Big Red found themselves down by 14 points at the half against Yale last
weekend, and could never fully recover on their way to a nine-point setback.
The team shot just 37.1 percent from the field, and it was paced by a couple
of 19-point efforts from Errick Peck and Nolan Cressler, who combined to shoot
8-of-17 from 3-point range. Cornell actually has a solid scoring offense by
Ivy League standards, netting 66.3 ppg, but it has been let down by a
defensive effort that yields just shy of 70 ppg. Shonn Miller is one of the
league's most impressive forwards. Not only does he score 11.5 ppg and grab
6.8 rpg, but he is a big asset at the defensive end with 1.9 spg and 1.9 bpg.
With Johnathan Gray (10.0 ppg) out for the season, Cressler (9.0 ppg) and Peck
(8.9 ppg) will be looked to for significant contributions.
Dartmouth came out strong against Princeton last time out and led the entire
first half, but things came unraveled after intermission as it allowed the
Tigers to net greater than 54 percent of their field goal attempts in what
would eventually wind up being a five-point defeat. Tyler Melville was
outstanding in defeat, hitting for 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the
field, as was Gabas Maldunas, who logged a double-double consisting of 17
points and 12 rebounds. On the season, the Big Green have failed to stand out
at either end of the court, as they average just 60.7 ppg on 40 percent from
the field, while allowing the opposition to net 66.3 ppg on nearly 45 percent
efficiency. Alex Mitola is the top scorer with 10.7 ppg and he has been
impressive from 3-point range, draining 57-of-152 from beyond the arc (.375).
Maldunas is strong in the frontcourt with 10.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg and more than a
block and a steal per contest.
Although Cornell has been reeling of late and is dealing with injury issues,
if Cressler and Peck continue to step up with their outside shooting, the Big
Red should be able to get back on the winning track against a hapless