February 8, 2006

Gore Explodes Onto Ivy Scene

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The secret is out.

Although freshman Adam Gore of the men’s basketball team stole the spotlight early in the season – exploding for 22 points in a 67-62 loss to then-nationally ranked Syracuse on Nov. 9 – it has only been in the past month that Ivy League foes have learned how dangerous it is to ignore the rookie guard.

“It was hard to evaluate on film,” said Harvard head coach Frank Sullivan after the Crimson suffered a 79-77 loss to the Red this past Saturday night at Newman Arena. “It’s almost like the old days – you hear about somebody, but until you actually see him live, you don’t know what to expect. Certainly our guys knew that he is one of the more dangerous shooters to come into the league.”

The Cornell coaching staff knew Gore had the potential to live up to what Sullivan had heard – they just didn’t expect him to do it so soon.

“We needed a point guard at the time,” said assistant coach Izzi Metzi, who was instrumental in recruiting Gore. “I saw a kid who could handle the ball well and make open shots and seemed pretty confident. It wasn’t anything that really stuck out.