Cornell (9-11) at Penn (4-15)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 3-5, Penn 3-3. Away Record: Cornell
4-6, Penn 1-9. Neutral Record: Cornell 2-0, Penn 0-3. Conference Record:
Cornell 1-2, Penn 1-1. Series Record: Penn leads, 145-73.
GAME NOTES: The Penn Quakers continue their season-long, four-game homestand
on Saturday night, as they play host to the Cornell Big Red in a Ivy League
bout at The Palestra.
Cornell traveled to Princeton for a Friday night tilt and came away with a
76-59 setback for its second loss in its first three games in Ivy League
competition. While the Big Red have avoided prolonged stretches of futility,
they have been anything but stellar at just 9-11 overall.
Penn has been downright disappointing this season, as it has managed to win
just four of its 19 games. After losing their first league game of the season
at Princeton a few weeks back, the Quakers evened their Ivy League record at
1-1 on Friday night thanks to a 62-58 triumph over Columbia.
Penn has nearly doubled up Cornell in the all-time series, 145-73, although
the Big Red have won seven of the last 10 meetings.
Cornell put up a fight in the first half against Princeton only to falter down
the stretch en route to the 17-point loss. It was outshot from the field, 52.9
percent to 41.5 percent, and it made just 4-of-15 from 3-point range on the
evening. Josh Figini provided a spark off the bench with 13 points on 5-of-9
from the field, while Shonn Miller tallied 12 points, six rebounds, three
steals and two blocks. The Big Red have an above-average offense by Ivy League
standards, scoring 65.6 ppg behind a 42.1 percent shooting effort, but their
biggest problem has been at the other end of the court where they allow nearly
70 ppg. Miller has proven himself to be one of the most dependable forwards in
the league, netting 10.4 ppg on 49 percent from the field while adding 7.3
rpg, 1.8 spg and 1.6 bpg. Johnathan Gray adds 9.3 ppg to the mix, and Miles
Asafo-Adjei pulls off the rare feat of averaging more assists per game (3.1)
than points (2.1).
Penn opened up a nine-point lead at the half over Columbia on Friday night,
and it was able to hold on down the stretch thanks mostly to an outstanding
26-of-29 showing from the foul line. Miles Cartwright came up huge at the
stripe, draining all 10 of his free-throw attempts en route to a season-high
22 points. Darien Nelson-Henry netted 11 points and added four blocks and
three steals at the defensive end. Fran Dougherty scored just five points off
the bench on 1-of-5 shooting, but it was his first game back after missing the
past eight, and his 15.7 ppg and 8.8 rpg will surely be a welcomed addition to
the lineup. The return of Dougherty will only help Cartwright, who pours in
13.5 ppg but on less than 39 percent shooting. Cartwright also leads the team
in assists with 3.4 apg, but he neutralizes them with 3.4 turnovers per
contest. As a team, the Quakers have lagged behind most of the Ivy League with
a scoring average of only 62.0 ppg.
With the addition of a healthy Dougherty, Penn is a much better team than its
horrible record would indicate. In the friendly confines of The Palestra, the
Quakers should be able to make it two in a row against an unspectacular
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 67, Cornell 65
02/02 10:45:08 ET