Cornell (0-12) at St. Bonaventure (9-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 4, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reilly Center (5,780) -- St. Bonaventure, New York.
Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Cornell 0-5, St. Bonnies 5-0. Away Record:
Cornell 0-7, St. Bonnies 2-3. Neutral Record: Cornell 0-0, St. Bonnies 2-1.
Conference Record: Cornell 0-0, St. Bonnies 0-0. Series Record: Cornell leads,
GAME NOTES: The last Division I program yet to break into the win column gives
it another go this afternoon, as the Cornell Big Red go up against the Bonnies
of St. Bonaventure in non-conference action at the Reilly Center.
Not only has Cornell failed to log a win in 2013-14, the team's losing streak
has now been stretched to 18 in a row after dropping six straight down the
stretch last season. The program might have a chance to get into the win
column next weekend with a meeting against Oberlin, but for now they have to
follow up a 67-59 setback to Saint Peter's last weekend with a meeting against
the Bonnies today.
As for St. Bonaventure, it has won two straight and three of the last four
outings on the schedule thanks to an 80-73 victory versus Delaware on Monday
at home. The squad, which has one more game remaining on this homestand versus
Richmond in the Atlantic 10 opener next Wednesday, is undefeated at the Reilly
Center this season through five tests.
According to Cornell, the Big Red lead the all-time series by an 8-6 margin,
although the Bonnies won the most recent meeting in Ithaca last year by a
score of 72-68.
Cornell held the Peacocks to only 36.7 percent shooting from the floor and 4-
of-16 behind the 3-point line in the last outing, but where the Big Red came
up real small was at the free-throw line where they were outscored by a 27-7
margin. Nolan Cressler and Devin Cherry both tallied 21 points, the latter
clearing seven rebounds to pace the visitors, but at the same time he was
charged with nine of the program's 14 turnovers as well.
Cressler leads the team in scoring with his 16.7 ppg and is one of the better
rebounders with close to five per contest, which is more than enough reason
for him to refrain from taking too many shots from behind the 3-point line
where he is only 29.9 percent accurate. Robert Hatter (11.3 ppg) and Cherry
(10.4 ppg) play major roles in the team coming up with 66.1 ppg, but at the
defensive end of the floor Cornell is being touched for 83.3 ppg.
The Bonnies fell behind Delaware momentarily in the first half of their
meeting, but quickly recovered in order to register a double-digit lead at the
break, en route to the seven-point home win. Matthew Wright led the way with
23 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor, while Youssou Ndoye accounted
for 15 points, six rebounds and six of the unit's eight blocked shots.
Wright my be the leading scorer overall for the Bonnies with his 16.3 ppg, but
as he showed against Delaware with his 1-of-5 effort behind the 3-point line,
his accuracy out on the perimeter is far from acceptable as he knocks down
just 27.7 percent of his opportunities. Because Wright, along with Charlon
Kloof (12.8 ppg, .255 on 3-pointers), is having such a tough time from
distance, the team as a whole comes in at just 30.4 percent.
The combination of a winless program in Cornell and an undefeated Bonnies
group at home has a SBU win written all over it.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 84, Cornell 65
01/04 10:37:30 ET
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