Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly
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Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications, Cornell Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Holiday hoops continues for Ivy League men’s basketball this week with nine games on the Christmas week schedule.
Six Ivy teams are in action with Dartmouth embarking on a three-game, five-day road trip through the Empire State. Cornell has back-to-back games against Big Ten Conference foes, playing at Illinois Monday night and at Penn State Wednesday night. Brown, Harvard and Penn each return to the hardwood at home later this week after taking their respective exam breaks. Princeton looks to move above .500 for the first time this season in its final pre-Christmas game at Siena on Thursday.
Harvard jumped back into the world of the ranked, re-entering
the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll at No. 25 in the
Dec. 19 edition of the national polls. The Crimson is back in the
Top 25 since its first-ever appearance in both polls two weeks ago
-- 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ and 25th in
the Associated Press polls. Harvard has maintained a presence among
the coaches’ rankings all season, receiving points in the
Nov. 21 (1), Nov. 28 (62) and Dec. 12 (43) polls.
The Crimson landed one spot outside of the Associated Press Top 25 for the second-straight week. This season, Harvard has earned points in the AP poll six times -- preseason (2), Nov. 14 (3), Nov. 21 (3), Nov. 28 (101), Dec. 12 (73) and Dec. 19 (88). This marks the fourth-straight season and fifth time in seven years Harvard has been mentioned in the media poll.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior forward Ian Hummer (Vienna, Va.) stuffed the box score in leading the Tigers to two victories at Rider and Northeastern. Hummer flirted with a triple-double the overtime win at Rider with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, adding four steals in 42 minutes. He followed that with another solid performance in the Northeastern win with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals. The seven assists against Rider were a career high, as were the five steals at Northeastern. Of his 42 assists on the season (12 games), 13 came in the two games this week, as did nine of this season’s 24 steals.
Hummer's Statistics for the Week
CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman forward Galal Cancer (Albany, N.Y.) put together quite a stat line in the Big Red’s 85-82 overtime victory over Albany. The freshman, playing against his hometown school, posted 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot in 30 minutes off the bench for Cornell. Cancer closed strong with four points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in the final four minutes of regulation as Cornell erased a 10-point, second-half deficit. The seven assists and four steals were both career highs.
Cancer's Statistics for the Week
Dartmouth freshman guard John Golden (Freehold, N.J.) scored in double figures against IPFW and Elon while coming off the bench, hitting on 8-of-14 (.571) of his shots to do so. First he put up 11 points while grabbing five rebounds in a tough loss at IPFW, then he recorded his first career double-double in a big win over Elon with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Golden also dished out two assists and had a steal in each of the games. Late in the Elon game, Golden picked off a pass on the defensive end and went all the way for a game-sealing layup with just over a minute left.
Golden's Statistics for the Week
Drew Ferry, Cornell, Senior, Guard (Milwaukee, Wis.)
26 points, 4 rebounds vs. Albany
Austin Morgan, Yale, Junior, Guard (Reno, Nev.)
19 points, 3 assists at Rhode Island
David Rufful, Dartmouth, Senior, Forward (Warwick, R.I.)
15 points, 4 rebounds at IPFW
7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals vs. Elon
Monday, December 19
Cornell at Illinois, 7 pm [ESPN3]
Dartmouth at Colgate, 7 pm
Wednesday, December 21
Dartmouth at Army, 7 pm
Cornell at Penn State, 7:30 pm [BTN]
Thursday, December 22
Florida Atlantic at Harvard, 7 pm
Princeton at Siena, 7 pm
Friday, December 23
Maine at Brown, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Albany, 2 pm
Marist at Penn, 7 pm
BTN – Big Ten Network (DirecTV 610, DISH 439, Verizon FiOS 85 (SD), 585 (HD), BTN.com); ESPN3 – ESPN3.com