All alone on a quick transition attack, Binghamton’s Lazar Trifunovic threw down an assertive two-handed dunk. Before the ball even hit the floor, the whistle cut through the cheers from the large visiting crowd. Cornell’s head coach, Steve Donahue, called a timeout. With his squad in a 7-0 hole only 87 seconds into the contest, he stomped out to meet his team trotting off the court.
“I just really got on them a bit,” Donahue said. “I asked them, ‘Why won’t we play our best right off the bat?’ We were just passive and accepting. We weren’t strong with the ball. We made careless plays. I always say, ‘Go out and make plays. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.’