After spending much of the early part of the season looking for consistent performance in the paint and on the glass, the Red got just the inside presence it needed from a young forward who has spent much of the season on the outside looking in. Freshman Allie Munson helped lead the Red past Columbia, 53-58, in a close home contest Saturday at Newman Arena.
Averaging only about 10 minutes a game coming into the contest against Columbia, Munson, came off the benchfor career-highs in points and rebounds (17 and seven, respectively), helping to power Cornell (5-9, 1-1) past the Lions (8-8, 1-1).
Looking to extend its school-record home winning streak to 15 games, the men’s basketball team will welcome Columbia to Newman Arena at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Cornell dispatched the Lions in both teams’ Ivy League openers last weekend, 71-59, and should be further aided by returning to Newman Arena, where the Red has played exceptionally well of late.
At home this season, Cornell (11-6, 1-0 Ivy League) has shot .526 from the field and .500 from long distance while limiting opponents to .380 and .304, respectively. The Red has outscored its opponents by nearly 20 points on its home turf.
For the women’s basketball team, last weekend’s loss to Columbia marked its third straight loss to a team that the Red beat last season. While Cornell will have to wait at least a year to avenge its losses to Binghampton and Bucknell, the Red will get another chance to take down the Lions tomorrow at Newman Arena.
During Cornell’s Ivy League championship run last season, Columbia (8-7, 1-0 Ivy) was one of only three teams to beat the Red (4-9, 0-1 Ivy). After beating Columbia 73-57 to open its conference schedule last year, the Red traveled to Columbia the next weekend and lost 76-59 at Levien Gym.
Columbia will be the first Ivy League squad to take a crack at toppling defending men’s basketball league champion Cornell when the Red matches up against the Lions in New York City tomorrow at 7 p.m. Both teams are riding five-game win streaks into the contest. After an undefeated conference season in 2007-08, Cornell has not lost to an Ancient Eight team since March 3, 2007.
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Now, the games really count.
In its first Ivy League matchup of the season, the Red (4-6, 1-0 Ivy) defeated the Columbia Lions (3-9, 0-1 Ivy) at Levien Gymnasium in New York City, 3-1. Despite a five-game losing streak, the team pulled together and has started off on its quest for a frouth consecutive Ancient Eight crown on the right foot.
“This is the real beginning of our season,” said head coach Deitre Collins-Parker. “From now on, the Ivy League is what matters the most.“