March 2, 2014

MEN’S BASKETBALL | Red Drops Two Ivy Contests

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The Red took its recent struggles on the road this weekend, visiting Harvard on Friday night and Dartmouth on Saturday. The Crimson, the top team in the Ivy League, presented a tough matchup with its talented backcourt. The Green, on the other hand, is a team that Cornell was able to beat in one of its two victories this season.

Harvard (22-4, 9-1 Ivy League) welcomed the struggling Red to Cambridge, fresh off a 59-47 win over Princeton the weekend before. The Crimson came out with a flurry of strong offensive plays and a lockdown defense that the Red struggled to penetrate. Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler and junior guard Devin Cherry — Cornell’s scoring leaders — shot a combined one-for-eight in the first half. Freshman Darryl Smith was the only Red player who was able to exploit the defense, leading to nine first half points for the slashing guard.

Harvard, on the other hand, found its stride midway through the second half, going on a 15-0 scoring run. At the break, the Crimson owned a 34-18 lead.

Xiaoyue Guo / Staff PhotographerEfficient production | Junior forward Ned Tomic provided a spark for the Red off the bench against Dartmouth, scoring 12 points in just 13 minutes of play.