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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 4-6, Brown 6-2. Away Record: Cornell 6-6, Brown 3-10. Neutral Record: Cornell 2-0, Brown 0-0. Conference Record: Cornell 4-3, Brown 3-4. Series Record: Cornell leads, 72-45.
GAME NOTES: After both sides collected victories on Friday, the Cornell Big Red and the Brown Bears will square off in an Ivy League matchup at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Cornell downed Yale, 68-61, on Friday to notch its second win in a row and improve to a .500 record on the season. The Big Red enter Saturday's action two games behind the Ivy League leading Harvard Crimson and in sole possession of third place. Shonn Miller is pacing Cornell's low-scoring system with 10.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
Brown bounced back from a lopsided, 71-48, loss at Pennsylvania last Saturday with a 58-55 victory over Columbia on Friday. The decision over the Lions improved the Bears to 9-12 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League. Sean McGonagill is the go-to-guy for Brown with team-leading marks of 14.3 points and 4.5 assists per game. Matt Sullivan is a serviceable second option with 14.0 ppg while Rafael Maia chips in 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Cornell owns a sizeable, 72-45 all-time series edge versus Brown. The Big Red have won the last 12 meetings and 15 of the last 16 encounters. During Cornell's current winning streak in the rivalry, it has outscored the Bears by an average of 14.8 ppg.
In the Big Red's victory over Yale, Miller and Johnathan Gray netted 18 points apiece as the team shot 45.1 percent from the floor including its 7-of-17 clip from beyond the arc. Miller also pulled down nine boards while Errick Peck posted a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cornell boasts a solid offensive attack, ranking second in the conference with 66.4 ppg. It also gives up the most points to its opponents (68.6), but its held Dartmouth to just 56 points before limiting Yale to 61 on Friday.
Sullivan scored a game-high 27 points and nailed a clutch 3-pointer as the Bears rallied from behind to down Columbia. Cedric Kuakumensah added 19 points and seven rebounds to help Brown end its three-game losing slide. The team outscored Columbia, 38-24, in the second half by shooting 61.1 percent from the floor while holding a 12-3 edge in points from the free-throw line. The Bears have the second to least productive scoring offense in the Ivy League at 61.3 ppg, but they are ranked third on the defensive end of the floor with only 64.8 points allowed per game.
Brown is going to be a big underdog heading into this one, but that did not stop it from upsetting both Providence and Niagara earlier this season. The Big Red have shown more consistency throughout the season behind the strong interior play of Miller, but McGonagill and Sullivan can both be game changers when they get into a rhythm.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cornell 67, Brown 64
02/16 10:36:08 ET
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