March 5, 2010

Sports Update 3-5-10: Men’s Basketball Tops Brown to Three-Peat as Ivy League Champions

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Cornell became the first team to clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 95-76 win over Brown on Friday night. The Red made 20 3-pointers in the contest –– tying an Ivy League record set by Princeton in 2002 –– en route to its third consecutive Ancient Eight title.

Senior tri-captain Jon Jaques paced the team with 20 points –– matching a career high –– and was one of four Red players to hit four treys on the night. Jaques was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, while also grabbing seven rebounds. All five Cornell starters were in double figures, with senior guard Louis Dale adding 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Ryan Wittman was close behind with 16, collecting seven boards and dishing out five assists. Rounding out the double figure scorers were senior center Jeff Foote and sophomore guard Chris Wroblewski with 14 apiece. The Red also had some help from its bench, with freshman forward Errick Peck and senior guard Geoff Reeves getting into the scoring column with five and three, respectively.

Cornell shot 57.4 percent from the floor, and were 20-of-30 from outside. Brown, meanwhile, shot 44.4 percent overall, and attempted fewer 3-pointers than the Red made (17), converting on just six of them. Brown guard Peter Sullivan paced the Bears’ offense with 23 points.

The Red held the advantage in rebounds, 32-27, and posted a 22-8 assist-turnover ratio, compared to Brown’s 13-6.

Cornell closes out the regular season portion of its schedule tomorrow night against Yale at 7 p.m.

Check out Monday’s edition of The Cornell Daily Sun for a full-game recap

Original Author: Sun Staff