With New Coach, Cornell Men’s Basketball Gears Up for Opening Game

It has been six and a half years since Cornell men’s basketball won three straight conference championships. Six and a half years of losing seasons. Six and a half years of looking up at the league champion from near the bottom of the league. With the 2016-17 men’s basketball season kicking off Friday against Binghamton, that could all change. The road back to the top of the conference begins again, and, with a veteran roster, a new coach and an inaugural conference tournament, this year is looking brighter than in the past.

Harlem Globetrotters to Visit Cornell

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will visit Cornell next Tuesday when they bring their 90th anniversary world tour to Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. The Globetrotters, known for their in-game stunts, theatricality and comedy, will make their first trip to Ithaca since 2013. The Globetrotters, however, will not play the Generals, whom the team dropped as their contractual opponent in August of 2015. Over the course of their “rivalry,” the Globetrotters has beat the Generals over 16,000 times. The event at Newman will feature an autograph, photograph and high-five session for all fans in attendance.

Cornell Basketball Tops Colgate in Thrilling Double Overtime Game

In a game with two overtimes, 199 total points and countless “I don’t believe it” moments, the victory came to the team that wanted it more. “We have to be the group that gets those second balls, that gets to the floor, that makes what we call winning plays,” said head coach Bill Courtney. “We made enough of those plays to come up with the W.”

The Red battled Colgate for 40 minutes of regulation then 10 more in two overtimes, eventually coming away with the thrilling victory. Cornell overcame foul trouble and mistakes to beat Colgate, 101-98. Cornell (1-1) had an early 18 point lead against the Raiders (1-1), but the Red started faltering in the second half.

Cornell Men’s Basketball Faces Off Against Georgia Tech in First Game

With a talented senior class gone and eight new freshmen on the team, Cornell basketball is sticking to the same principles that it has since head coach Bill Courtney arrived on campus five years ago: play fast, attack the basket and suffocate opponents on defense. With the departure of Shonn Miller ’15, Galal Cancer ’15 and Devin Cherry ’15, Courtney said that, while the team is still set on forcing opponents to play fast, Cornell has a ways to go to play at the same defensive level as last year. Last year’s squad held opponents to the lowest field goal percentage in the Ivy League. Opponents shot just 39 percent against the Red, a number which ranked in the top twenty nationally. “Shonn Miller was such a good defender, not only with his shot blocking and defensive rebounding, but his ability to guard 1-5 on the floor,” Courtney said.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | Red Opens at Hartford, Bryant to Begin Season

Focusing on high energy play and team defense, the Red looks to get the 2015-16 season started in the right direction. The Cornell women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend to open up its season with a pair of games against Hartford (0-0, 0-0 America East) and Bryant (0-0, 0-0 NEC). On Friday evening, Cornell will face a similar situation to the first contest of the 2014-2015 season. Last year, the Red fell to the Hartford Hawks on opening night by only a margin of two points. “This team remembers the game last year,” said head coach Dayna Smith.