The Cornell men’s basketball team hit a school record 22 3-pointers to open its home schedule with a 114-57 victory over SUNY-Delhi on Thursday night at Newman Arena. Five players reached double figures for the Big Red, who evened its record at 1-1 on the season.
Chris Manon scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished three assists, had two steals, and blocked a shot in 13 minutes off the bench, while Greg Dolan notched 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists without a turnover. Nazir Williams chipped in 12 points, Keller Boothby had 11 with four assists and Isaiah Gray scored 10. No Cornell player saw more than 18 minutes of action and 14 of the 16 dressed scored. Cornell assisted on 31 of its 39 buckets as the home team shot 57 percent from the floor overall and connected on 48 percent of its 46 3-point attempts, matching a school record for most shots attempted beyond the arc. The 31 assists are tied for second in a game in school history.
Cornell led 55-34 at halftime before turning it over to the reserves early in the second half. The Big Red then hit 13-of-21 3-pointers after halftime as it scored 59 points, going on a 13-0 run after the visitors scored first to open the half to extend its lead to 32 (68-36) four minutes in. Nine different Big Red players hit at least one 3-pointer in the second half as Cornell shot 69 percent from the field as a team.
Along with the double-figure scorers, nearly everyone played some role in the third-highest-scoring game in school history. Sean Hansen had seven rebounds as Cornell doubled up the Broncos on the board (54-27), while Max Watson connected on three 3-pointers for nine points. Four players had six points apiece, including the first collegiate points for Adam Tsang Hinton, Cooper Noard, and Josh Baldwin. DJ Nix scored the first five in his career with four rebounds added to his total. Also seeing their first collegiate action was Ryan Kiachian with two blocked shots, two assists, a rebound, and a steal in seven minutes, and AK Oreke with two boards in his first action.
Cornell returns to action on Monday when they square off with Saint Francis at 7 p.m.