November 20, 2007

Men's Basketball Hosts Army

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The men’s basketball team won’t have too much time to think about Saturday’s loss to Ohio as it hosts Army tonight. In Saturday’s contest, the Red were up by as much as nine points in the second half until the Bobcats made their run and forced the Red into shaky play.
“We basically have to grow up as a team,” said junior guard Collin Robinson. “We did some good things but then we fell apart when they started to make a run, it’s all apart of growing up.”
In the game, the team committed 17 turnovers, which led to 23 points for Ohio. Despite the turnovers, the Red (1-1) were able to score 89 points, a number that will be a lot harder to reach with Army’s defensive prowess.
“They are very aggressive defensively and they do a good job at take charges,” Robinson said. “So we have to get into the lane under control.”
The Black Knights, (1-2) who are coming off a loss to Long Island last Friday, 64-54, enter the contest with impressive defensive stats. On the year, Army has held its opponents to 38 percent shooting, including a 33 percent clip from 3-point range.
Despite the Black Knights’ defensive stats, the Red enter the contest aiming to display its potent offensive attack.
“I know we will get it down on the offensive side,” Robinson said. “It’s the defense that we have to work on.”
With the Black Knights only shooting .392 percent from the field, the Red’s main defensive focus will be placed on the Army senior guard Jarell Brown. Brown is tied with Kenny Brewer for the team’s top scorer, both averaging 11.7 points per game.
“They have a really good player, [Jarell] Brown,” Robinson said. “We have been concentrating on him and trying to make the other people on the team beat us.”
A win will give Cornell its second win over a Patriot League for on the season after it defeated Lehigh in the season home opener. In addition, it will increase the Red’s winning streak against the Black Knights, which currently stands at eight games.
In last year’s contest, Red went to West Point and earned a 65-56 victory. This time, however, the Red will be able to host its opponents. But with many students heading out of town for Thanksgiving break, it will be hard to predict how many people will be in attendance for the match-up. Despite the uncertainty circulating fan attendance, the team will look to come out energized.
“We are going to come out with a lot of energy and feed off the crowd,” Robinson said. “And even if they are not there, we will feed off each other.”