GALESBURG, Ill. – Cornell's men's basketball team put up 50 second-half points to break free of Knox in an 84-66 Midwest Conference road win Wednesday night.
Seniors Reggie Greenwood and Joey Guth tossed in 19 points apiece to pace the Rams (3-1 overall, 1-0 MWC), who pulled away behind 60.7-percent shooting in the second half.
The game was tied 34-34 at halftime and saw the Rams with a slim 50-46 lead and less than 12 minutes to play. Cornell gained control with an 18-5 run over the next six minutes and didn't look back. Guth scored the final six points during the spurt as the Rams bumped the lead to 68-51.
Cornell hit 17-of-28 field goals in the final 20 minutes, while limiting Knox (1-4, 0-1 MWC) to 32.3-percent shooting. The Rams owned a 43-27 advantage on the boards, which included 18 offensive rebounds.
Nick Bobb finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Tyrus Hartman added 11 points and eight boards. Carter and Zach Pugh pitched in eight points apiece off the bench, with Pugh also grabbing seven rebounds.
Greenwood and Guth provided six rebounds apiece. Greenwood also had three assists and three steals.
The Rams sank 15-of-19 foul shots for the game, while Knox went 7-of-12. The Prairie Fire made 11 three-point goals, to Cornell's five.
Coming up – The Rams play host to Carroll (3-2, 1-1 MWC) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mount Vernon. The Pioneers are picked second in the MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll.