December 5, 2013

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Red Prepares for Last Home Game of 2013

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By NIKITA DUBNOV

While most Cornellians were enjoying Thanksgiving with their families at home, the men’s basketball team was on the road fighting for its first victory of the season. The Red took a trip to visit the Broncos of Western Michigan and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Both contests were marked by close games at the half. However, the Red was unable to stay competitive in the second periods of both games. This led to two more losses on the Red’s record.

Cornell did take some positives from the games. The Red had some major performances that may give hope for the team going forward. Most notably, senior guard Nolan Cressler once again proved to be the Red’s most consistent and efficient scorer, as he led the team with 27 points against Western Michigan and 17 against Notre Dame. Additionally, freshman guard Robert Hatter secured his second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor after posting impressive stat lines that showed his versatility and well-roundedness on the court in both games.

Next up on the Red’s schedule is a Saturday afternoon home game against St. Francis at 4 p.m. The Red Flash will come to Newman Arena with a 1-7 record. Out of all the chances the Red has had to overturn its season with a victory, Saturday’s matchup presents the most opportunity for success.

Enoch Newkirk / Staff PhotographerHeating up | Freshman guard Robert Hatter secured his second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor.

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