Albany Defeats Cornell 72-59 For Third Place In The Gossner Foods Classic
Dec. 30, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - In the consolation championship game of the seventh annual Gossner Foods Classic held at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the campus of Utah State University, Albany used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Cornell 72-59 as the Great Danes had five players score in double-figures.
Freshman guard E.J. Gallup was the game's high-scorer with 16 points, while junior guard Pete Carroll and sophomore guard Sam Hopes had 14 points apiece for the Great Danes. Albany improved to 3-9 on the year with the win, while Cornell dropped to 2-8 with the loss.
Senior guard Kevin Cuttica was the only Cornell player to finish in double-figures as he scored 10 points. The Big Red got 13 rebounds and seven points from senior center Greg Barratt and 10 boards from sophomore forward Jake Rohe.
Albany built a 38-32 half-time lead behind 12 points from Hopes as the Great Danes shot 47.1 percent from the field. Cornell got eight first-half points from senior forward Ray Mercedes off the bench as the Big Red shot 42.9 percent from the field in the opening stanza.
For the game, Albany shot 44.2 percent, while Cornell shot 38.2 percent. The difference in the game came at the free-throw line, as the Great Danes made 22-of-29 charity stripes, while the Big Red was 11-of-18 from the free-throw line.