On Saturday, Nov. 11, Cornell (3-0, 0-0 Ivy) confronted Fordham (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10). After a dominant win over SUNY Morrisville, the Purple appeared to enhance to 3 straight wins to start out its season.
Within the opening minutes of the sport, nevertheless, it was the Rams that obtained off to a fast begin. After Cornell turned the ball over twice within the first three minutes, Fordham knocked down back-to-back photographs from behind the arc. With 15:56 left within the first half, the Rams led, 11-4.
Cornell didn’t take lengthy to chop into this deficit, although. Sophomore guard AK Okereke rattled off 5 consecutive factors, chopping Fordham’s result in two. At 13:28 left within the half, senior ahead Keller Boothby scored a simple layup to provide Cornell a one-point lead.
This lead change was a part of a 16-0 scoring run by the Purple. The staff was sharp on each side of the ball through the stretch. Cornell transformed seven of its 11 photographs from the sphere. This included three-pointers from junior guard Nazir Williams, freshman Jake Fiegen and sophomore guard Cooper Noard.
On the defensive finish, the Rams didn’t have a solution to Cornell’s full-court press protection, turning the ball over six occasions. By the top of the half, the Purple pressured 15 turnovers, resulting in an additional 19 factors for Cornell.
The Purple went into halftime with a commanding 45-24 lead.
Early within the second half, senior guard Chirs Manon transformed two three-point photographs to assist Cornell increase its lead. With 17:22 left within the half, Fordham confronted a 27-point deficit.
At this level, the Purple stopped trapping the Rams within the backcourt and slowed down its tempo of play. Fordham concurrently began taking part in full-court press, successfully altering the momentum of the sport.
Fordham went on to attain 11 unanswered factors, shortly chopping the Purple’s result in 16. Within the subsequent seven minutes, Cornell scored simply eight factors, with Noard accounting for six of them.
With one minute left within the recreation, the Purple led by simply three factors. On Cornell’s following possession, senior ahead Sean Hansen obtained fouled and transformed one in every of two free throws to increase the result in 4. Noard hit each of his photographs from the charity stripes with eight seconds left to seal the win for Cornell.
Cornell defeated Fordham, 78-73, enhancing to 3-0 on the yr.
The Purple and the Rams each struggled with their free throws, capturing 63 and 56 %, respectively.
Cornell will proceed its season on Wednesday, Nov. 15, towards George Mason College at EagleBank Enviornment in Fairfax, Virginia.