Cornell needs extra session to top Union
Union (56) Vs. Cornell (62)
Jan 29, 2011
Union’s Jack DeCesare hit a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, but Cornell had too much firepower in the end for a 62-56 victory.
Cornell (4-2, 12-4) pulled away in the extra session, outscoring the Scotties, 12-6. Union (0-6, 1-16) came back from a seven-point halftime deficit to nearly pull off the upset, but Andre Jones, who tied for a team-high 17 points, fouled out with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the Scotties couldn’t overcome his absence.
“He shot the 3 well and made some big free throws for us, so we lost some momentum there,” Union coach Dave Smialowski said. “They got the lead and just held onto it.”
Union trailed by three in the final seconds of regulation after Cornell missed two free throws. Markel Peace grabbed the rebound and dished it to DeCesare, who tied the game with three seconds left. A desperation 3 by Cornell fell short.
Peace matched Jones with 17 points and also grabbed 15 rebounds to register a double-double. Cornell’s Corey Mackey led all scorers with 20 points, while Rodny Payne bucketed 13. Dorian Maynard added 11 and Ron Borne netted 10.
“The kids showed a lot of heart, but they’ve been showing that all year,” Smialowski said. “I expect nothing else.”