Athlete of The Week Interview: Matt Morgan
BRSN: Matt, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What was your mindset going into the weekend?
Matt: We knew that this weekend was big for us in terms of trying to make a push for the tournament. It’s not easy to win on the road so personally I went into this weekend with the mentality of being aggressive from the jump. I got hot for a while against Dartmouth and Harvard was in foul trouble but it was a team effort and we needed everyone to get it done.
BRSN: Your team completed its first Ivy League sweep since the 2015-2016 season. How did you all feel throughout the weekend?
Matt: Throughout the weekend like I said it was tough to get a win. Dartmouth and Harvard have great teams and we had to fight the entire weekend for these wins. It felt good because the only other time we’ve done this was Harvard and Dartmouth my freshmen year so it was a good feeling but it’s far from over.
BRSN: On Saturday you were the first Cornell player to drop 40+ points since 1960. What was going through your head that game?
Matt: During that game I just knew I had it going after I hit my first three so I decided to be ultra aggressive and it worked out for me. Games like that don’t come often so I tried to take advantage of every opportunity I got. Also, side note that was the first time I’ve ever scored 40+ points in a game so to be able to do that and get a road win in the Ivy League was extremely special!
BRSN: On Saturday, you moved into 2nd place on the Ivy League’s all-time scoring list with a total of 2,162 points. How does it feel to have achieved such a notable record?
Matt: To be able to say I’m the 2nd all time leading scorer in Ivy League history behind Bill Bradley is a really cool accomplishment. It’s something I’ll have forever and can look back on a be proud of. But we all know what the ultimate goal is and that’s what’s most important. But to be able to have this and add to my lose of accomplishments is extremely special. Cornell means the world to me and I just want to do everything I can to give back what it has given me!
BRSN: What are your expectations for yourself and the team finishing up this season?
Matt: The expectations are the same as everyone else. Win the Ivy League and make the big dance. We have to take this one game at a time and never look too far in advance. We have a solid team and as long as we keep defending and playing together from start to finish I think we have a good chance to accomplish what we set out for.