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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 7-4, Cornell 4-7. Away Record: Princeton 6-4, Cornell 7-6. Neutral Record: Princeton 0-1, Cornell 2-0. Conference Record: Princeton 6-2, Cornell 5-4. Series Record: Princeton leads, 138-79.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams trying to stay in the hunt in the Ivy League get together at Newman Arena in Ithaca on Saturday night, as the Cornell Big Red entertains the Princeton Tigers.
Princeton is currently in second place in the league standings with a 6-2 record, trailing only Harvard which has won all but one of its nine conference bouts thus far. The Tigers were on the road last night as well, but the travel didn't bother them as they registered a lopsided 65-40 win over Columbia for their second victory in the last three outings overall.
Meanwhile, the Big Red hosted Penn on Friday night and was upset by the Quakers in a 79-71 final. The defeat snapped a three-game win streak by Cornell and dropped the team to 5-4 in the Ivy, which means the team is tied with Yale for third place in the standings heading into the weekend.
Princeton topped the Big Red in the first meeting of the season a little over three weeks ago, posting a 76-59 victory at Jadwin Gym which means the Tigers now own a 138-79 advantage in the all-time series.
Not only did the Tigers hit on 56.1 percent from the floor in the meeting with Columbia, the visitors also knocked down six of their 10 attempts behind the 3-point line which helped to make up for the squad's lackluster showing at the charity stripe (13-of-23). Denton Koon scored a team-best 23 points and Ian Hummer dropped in another 17 points and handed out five assists as the pair combined to shoot 16-of-24 from the field and 3-of-4 on the perimeter.
Koon, the leading scorer for the Tigers in four of their last five games, is now second on the unit overall with his 11.0 ppg. Ahead of him on that list is Hummer who not only has delivered 15.8 ppg, thanks to his 52.5 percent shooting from the floor, he is also first on the unit with 6.3 rpg and a total of 97 assists over the course of 22 starts.
Cornell just wasn't prepared for the Quakers last night or, more specifically, Tony Hicks who had 15 points himself through the first six minutes of action and finished with a career-high 29 points on 5-of-6 shooting beyond the arc. The Cornell offense was led by Nolan Cressler with his career-high 22 points, followed by Shonn Miller and Dominick Scelfo who both tallied 15 points for a squad that allowed the visitors to shoot 54.9 percent from the field and 10- of-19 beyond the arc.
Miller, averaging close to 29 minutes per game, is the only player to have started every outing so it only makes sense that he is also the leading scorer with 11.0 ppg. Solid in the paint with 6.7 rpg, Miller would be wise to remain close to the rim where he can do the most damage, instead of behind the 3- point line where he has shot just 8-of-42 (.190) to this point. Cressler (8.5 ppg) is much better suited to be a perimeter threat with his 42-of-101 (.416) shooting on the outside right now.
The quick turn-around in these Ivy League weekend bouts is never easy for either side, particularly the team forced to travel, but the guess is the Tigers will be up to the challenge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 71, Cornell 58
02/23 10:35:20 ET