Jan. 31, 2009
ITHACA, N.Y. - Defending Ivy League champion Cornell was the prohibitive favorite to repeat when the preseason media poll was released in October. The Big Red showed why on Saturday. Jeff Foote scored a game-high 18 points as Cornell topped Yale 64-36 before an enthusiastic crowd of 3,418 at Newman Arena.
The Big Red (14-6, 4-0 Ivy) has now won 19 straight Ivy games and 17 consecutive home games.
Greg Mangano paced the Bulldogs (7-11, 2-2 Ivy) with eight points and five rebounds, both career highs. Chris Andrews added seven points, and Ross Morin scored six points and grabbed six rebounds. Travis Pinick had five points and four rebounds.
Cornell led 7-2 after five minutes, but Pinick's layup and free throw pulled Yale back within two. The Big Red then seized control with a 21-6 run, capped by a Ryan Wittman three-pointer. Wittman then made a long three-pointer from the wing as time expired in the first half to give Cornell a 34-13 lead at the intermission.
The Big Red shot 54.2 percent from the field and made four three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Louis Dale, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, finished with 10 points and six rebounds for Cornell. Wittman added eight points and Chris Wroblewski scored seven points. Foote, the Big Red's 7-foot center, was 8 of 12 from the field and had five rebounds, all on the offensive end.
Both teams coaching staffs wore sneakers as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society to demonstrate their support for the fight against cancer.
The Bulldogs are back on the road again next weekend. They play at Harvard on Friday and then are at Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity