Nov. 25, 2007
Louis Dale had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Cornell past Siena 83-77 Sunday in Ithaca. The Big Red shot 55% from the field and rallied from a four-point deficit with five minutes remaining to claim their third win in four tries this season.
"I thought our effort was pretty good, but our execution wasn't what it needed to be," head coach Fran McCaffery said. "They are probably the best shooting team we will play all season. (Louis) Dale dominated the game. If you were to grade out everyone's performances today, he (Dale) was the best player on the floor and the difference in the game."
Dale led five Cornell players in double figures. Ryan Wittman and Collin Robinson each scored 14 points. Adam Gore and Brian Kreeefer had 10 points apiece.
Alex Franklin led Siena with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. His two free throws with 5:17 to go gave Siena a 71-67 lead.
With the game tied 75-75, Cornell held Siena without a field goal over the final 2:48. Wittman gave the Big Red the lead for good with a backdoor layup at the 1:12 mark and after a Josh Duell miss on the other end, Brian Kreefer finished an extended possession with another layup to push the lead to 79-75 with just 19 seconds remaining.
Edwin Ubiles scored 17 points off the bench for Siena. Kenny Hasbrouck had 16 points and four steals. Ronald Moore added 12 points and four assists and Cory Magee scored seven of his career-high nine points before the first media timeout in a losing effort for the Saints.
Cornell's sharps-shooters connected on 11-19 3-pointers (58%). Siena made just 7-21 long range shots.
"Twenty one 3's is too many for us," McCaffery said. "We rushed our offense at times and quick-shot too many 3's"
The Big Red controlled a 37-34 edge on the glass and tallied 22 assists compared to just 13 for the Saints.
Siena has the next five days off before hosting UAlbany Saturday in the second half of a men's/women's doubleheader at the Times Union Center. The women's game is scheduled to tip at 5 p.m.