Cornell 65, Albany, N.Y. 61

Max Groebe scored 15 points and Aaron Osgood 14 as Cornell

outscored Albany down the stretch for a 65-61 victory Friday night

in the opener for both schools.

The victory was the first for the Big Red under coach Bill

Courtney, who replaced Steve Donahue this season. Donahue left to

coach Boston College after leading Cornell to a 29-5 season, an Ivy

League record for victories, and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

With the score tied at 52, Groebe hit a 3-pointer to put Cornell

in front to stay, 55-52, with eight minutes remaining. Osgood’s

bucket with three minutes left gave the Big Red its largest lead of

the game, 64-56.

Albany, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which led by

12 in the first half, scored the next five points and had a chance

to tie, but Tim Ambrose’s driving shot in the lane in the final

seconds missed.

Ambrose led all scorers with 20 points.