The Big Red play their home opener tonight against Colgate.
After dropping their first two games 68-62 to Binghamton and 89-78 against Siena, Cornell is in search of their first victory.
Coming into the season, Cornell has tried to remediate the poor offense that haunted them most of Bill Courtney’s tenure. Most possessions were abstract, ending with deep 3s or fadeaway jumpers. With new coach Brian Earl, change seemed eminent. But through 2 games, 11-48 from the 3-point line says otherwise.
In the front court, major strides are being made for a team that was last in total rebounds per game (in league play) just a season ago. Numerous players have stepped up. Sophomore, Stone Gettings, is making a case for most improved player and freshman, Josh Warren, is putting up steady numbers in limited minutes. Senior, David Onurah, missed Sunday’s game against Siena because of illness but should return to action tonight and anchor the defense.
Colgate dropped its opening game against Syracuse 83-55 and is also hungry for their first win.
Last season’s contest between these two featured 33 points from Robert Hatter and ended in 2OT when the Big Red pulled out, 101-98.
This should be an exciting matchup and should give Cornell a good shot at their first win. Frankly, the Big Red need an encouraging one to steer their season back in the right direction.
– M. Roitman