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Cornell’s comeback falls just short in 107-105 loss to Miami

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Cornell men’s basketball team nearly rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit, but a last-second shot fell short and Miami escaped with a 107-105 victory over the Big Red on Wednesday night at the Watsco Center. The Hurricanes improved to 9-1 overall, while the Big Red slipped to 7-2, with both of its losses coming on the road to ACC teams by a total of four points.

The Big Red trailed 75-54 with 17:54 remaining before it rallied, getting within single digits with a little over four minutes to play, then cutting it to two with possession with four seconds remaining. Five Cornell players scored double figures as the Big Red set a visiting team Watsco Center record with 105 points and 27 assists along the way. The Big Red assisted on 27 baskets with just seven turnovers, shot 52 percent from the floor, and hit 12 three-pointers.

Greg Dolan had 19 points and six assists, Chris Manon added 18 points, six assists, and three steals, and Nazir Williams tallied 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Sean Hansen also reached double figures with 14 points and six boards and Max Watson chipped in with 13. All 11 Big Red players that saw action scored.

Miami got a career-high 36 points from Isaiah Wong, who added seven rebounds and six assists in a dominant effort. Jordan Miller chipped in 22 points with five boards and four assists and Norchad Omier posted 17 points, 12 assists, and made 6-of-7 shots from the floor. Miami connected on 55 percent of its shots from the floor and hit 13-of-26 from beyond the 3-point range.

Cornell will be back in action on Friday, December 17, when they take on Syracuse at the JMA Wireless Dome. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.