Saint Peter's (2-0) at Cornell (1-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: Saint Peter's 1-0, Cornell 1-1. Away Record:
Saint Peter's 1-0, Cornell 0-0. Neutral Record: Saint Peter's 0-0, Cornell
0-0. Conference Record: Saint Peter's 0-0, Cornell 0-0.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Peter's Peacocks will try to stay perfect on the young
season, as they take on the Cornell Big Red on Friday night at Newman Arena in
Ithaca, New York.
Saint Peter's, which plays its basketball out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference, is 2-0 after logging narrow wins over Rutgers (56-52) and Central
Connecticut State (64-61). The Peacocks are kicking off a three-game road trip
with this contest, and then they'll play six straight at home, which includes
their MAAC opener versus Iona on Dec. 5.
Cornell is 1-1 here in the early part of the 2012-13 campaign, topping Western
Michigan (63-55) in the opener before falling to St. Bonaventure (72-68) four
days later. This bout marks the third straight at home for the Big Red, which
will play its next four on the road, starting with Sunday's visit to Big Ten
Conference foe Wisconsin. Cornell opens Ivy League play at home against
Columbia on Jan. 19, 2013.
Desi Washington poured in 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Saint
Peter's to its recent win over Central Connecticut State. Yvon Raymond added
16 points and seven boards as well for the Peacocks, who shot 48.2 percent
from the field, which included a 4-of-7 showing from three-point land. CCSU
managed just a 38.2 percent shooting effort, and it missed 14 of its 18 long-
range tries. Both teams were rather careless with the basketball, combining
for 36 turnovers, but a 39-27 edge in rebounding helped pave the way for SP to
pick up its second win in as many games this season. Washington scored 18
points in the season opener against Rutgers.
Errick Peck came off the bench to score 17 points, serving as one of four
double-digit scorers for Cornell, but the Big Red still wound up on the losing
end a 72-68 final against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night. Devin Cherry
added 14 points in 19 minutes of action, while starters Johnathan Gray and
Galal Cancer chipped in 11 points apiece for a Cornell team that shot just
40.4 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers. Nolan Cressler led the
Big Red in the season-opening win over Western Michigan, netting 20 points on
7-of-12 shooting, while Cancer and Peck tallied 10 points apiece. Cornell shot
an identical 40.4 percent in that contest as well.
Cornell hasn't shown much in the way of consistency just yet, while Saint
Peter's has demonstrated a little more cohesiveness. Expect the Big Red to
pick up their share of wins this year, but for the Peacocks to strut their
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Peter's 66, Cornell 62
11/16 10:43:46 ET