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Cornell runs past men’s basketball 76-61

Mansell nets game-high 26 points but 26-4 run dooms BU

November 14, 2011


Cornell runs past men’s basketball 76-61

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

ITHACA, N.Y. – Reserve forward Shonn Miller keyed a 26-4 run with 14 points and host Cornell (1-1) blew past Binghamton (0-2) 76-61 Monday night from Newman Arena.  The Big Red trailed 38-33 five minutes into the second half before exploding on the decisive run. Cornell led by as many as 19 points late in the game before BU tightened the final margin.

Binghamton played a sound first half and scored 12 points in the first five minutes of the second before the wheels came off.  After netting eight points in the first half and draining back-to-back three-pointers early in the second, sophomore guard and leading scorer Robert Mansell (25.0 ppg.) went without a field goal attempt for more than seven minutes and the Bearcats’ offense unraveled.  Binghamton managed just one field goal in an 8:52 span as the Big Red embarked on their run. Martin, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, scored his 14 points in a 4:38 span to spark the surge.

“We struggled scoring in the second half and they outhustled us,” head coach Mark Macon said.  “We can’t let that happen.  They got easy looks at the basket during that run and also got us in foul trouble early in the second half.  We need to dig in on defense and stop the ball.  We’ll be okay though.”

Cornell shot 64% in the second half (14-of-22) and made 16-of-20 free throws. The Big Red drained 10 three-pointers while BU struggled from beyond the arc for the second straight game, hitting just 5-of-21.  The Bearcats also committed 19 turnovers – a direct result of a young team on the floor (six of BU’s eight players were underclassmen).

Mansell scored eight of his game-high 26 points in the final 2:17 to bump up his career-high for a second straight game. Two days after netting 24 points against Colgate, he hit 10-of-18 from the floor and added seven rebounds.  Freshman forward Ben Dickinson and junior guard Carlyle Francis added 11 and 10 points respectively. Dickinson, who was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday, also had a team-high eight rebounds. 

In the first half, Dickinson scored eight points in the first nine minutes before heading to the bench with two fouls.  The Bearcats fell behind 10-5 early before limiting Cornell to one field goal over a 7:16 span and using a 12-5 run to forge ahead 17-15.  The Big Red reclaimed a five-point margin thanks to an 11-4 run before Mansell and freshman guard Chris Longoria keyed a late push for the Bearcats.  Mansell picked up four points in the final 5:36 and Longoria added a layup and his first collegiate three-pointer in a 30-second span before a late Big Red layup gave them a 28-26 edge at the break.

Binghamton next heads downstate to face Atlantic 10 member Fordham on Friday.

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