It's over! Well at least for the Ivy League. Cornell became the first team to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the third straight year thanks to their 95-76 win over Brown. The Big Red hit 20 of their 30 three pointers tonight. They are second in the country in three-point percentage.
Cornell came into the day having clinched at least a share of the Ivy crown, and needed one more win, either tonight against Brown, or tomorrow's regular season finale against Yale.
This marks the end of a championship run for both Harvard and Princeton, both of whom were winners tonight.
The point total was one of the highest of the season, just shy of the 104 mark they put up in an overtime win against Bucknell.
The team was led by Senior Jon Jacques who finished with 20. Senior's Louis Dale, Ryan Wittman, and Jeff Foote posted 20, 16, and 14, respectively. Sophomore Chris Wroblewski also had 14. Brown's Peter Sullivan led all scores with 23.
As the regular season wraps up tomorrow, Cornell will need to keep up the same intensity. A loss could be detrimental to their seeding in the tournament. ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi has them as a projected 12 seed right now.
It has been a great season for the Big Red. It started off with a shocking win at Alabama, then another big win at UMass. That was followed up by two losses to Seton Hall and Syracuse, however, they went on to go 4-0 in the Legends classic, and follow those wins up with a thrilling win at Bucknell, and a home win against St. Joseph's. Then came the Madison Square Garden trip. In the first game of the Holiday Festival Cornell tied the game at the buzzer of regulation, and that was followed up by a half court shot from Ryan Wittman as time expired. They would beat St. John's the next day to take home the championship.
Cornell won three in a row after that, then came Kansas. In one of the most talked about games of the year, Cornell was less than a minute away from defeating the undefeated No. 1 team in the country, but faltered in the final seconds. After that they went on to win eight in a row, including a 36 point win over Harvard— a game considered to be the biggest in Ivy League history— before losing to Penn on the road in one of the biggest upsets of the season. Cornell was ranked 22 in the country. They have gained their composure to win seven straight now going into tomorrow.
Congratulations to Cornell Basketball for winning their third straight Ivy Championship!