SU gets scare from Cornell, outlasts Big Red with 82-60 win

Trevor Cooney takes and makes a three pointer against Cornell on Friday night

The eighth ranked SU men's basketball team was down 38-32 at the half to Cornell, but came out storming in the second half, winning 82-60.

The first half was dominated by Cornell's Nolan Cressler, who went 3-6 from three point range, tallying 20 points in the first half alone. The Big Red went 7-16 as a team from three point range in the first half as well, leading the Orange by 14 points at one point.

"[Cressler] was the main guy that we were focussing on," admitted Trevor Cooney. "When someone's hitting like that, he had 20 points in the first half, in the second you just gotta find him wherever he is."

Two of Cooney's four first half threes came in the closing moments of the half, cutting the lead to six. SU finished the half on a 10-2 run. The Big Red led the Orange 38-32 at the half.

"Trevor really saved us in the first half, when we had very little going, with a couple monster threes," said head coach Jim Boeheim.

The Orange would start the second half with another 10-2 run, with a Trevor Cooney three pointer giving the Orange a 42-40 lead and forcing a Cornell timeout.

Trevor Cooney wasn't finished, hitting three more threes, and then made a steal that turned into a fast-break dunk, upping his career-high point total to 27 points.

"Without him making those threes I don't think we'd escape with this win like we did," C.J. Fair said of his teammate.

The Orange dominated the rest of the second half, going on to win 82-60.

Fair finished with 19 points, three assists and three rebounds. SU center Rakeem Christmas also played well, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds.

In the losing effort, Cornell's Cressler finished with 23 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Orange, now 1-0, hosts Fordham on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m.

One of the biggest stories of the game was the absence of SU sophomore Jerami Grant, serving a one game suspension due to a summer league infraction.