PELLA – Cornell had four starters score in double figures and pulled away late for a 78-68 nonconference men's basketball win over Central Tuesday night in Kuyper Gymnasium.
The Rams (2-1) shot 50.9 percent from the field and nailed their final eight free throws to seal their first road win of the season. The Dutch, out of the Iowa Conference, dropped to 2-1.
Cornell got a strong performance from junior Nick Bobb, who finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. The 6-foot-7 post went 7-of-11 from the field and knocked down all four foul shots in 29 minutes of work.
Senior guard Reggie Greenwood tossed in a game-high 19 points, followed by Joey Guth with 15 and freshman Tyrus Hartman 11. Hartman also had eight rebounds for the Rams, who held a 36-32 edge on the boards.
Freshman Zach Pugh provided eight points, five rebounds and a pair of steals off the bench. Tabari Carter added four assists and three steals.
Cornell trailed by a point at halftime, but quickly built a 47-39 lead 2:11 into the second half. The Dutch tied it at 58-58 with 10:51 to go. Cornell countered with a 12-3 run to take control.
The Rams held off the Dutch behind perfect foul shooting over the final three minutes. Bobb sank four free throws, Greenwood two and Peter Catchings two.
Cornell finished 20-of-27 from the foul line, including 15-of-18 in the second half. The Dutch turned the ball over 21 times and shot 40.7 percent from the field.
Coming up – The Rams return from Thanksgiving Break to face Knox (1-2) in the Midwest Conference opener Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Galesburg, Ill. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.