MOUNT VERNON – Carroll rode hot shooting early and never really cooled off in claiming a 76-65 win over the Rams in Midwest Conference men's basketball action Saturday in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The Rams (3-2 overall, 1-1 MWC) hung within 36-33 at halftime despite Carroll (4-2, 2-1 MWC) hitting 16-of-24 field goals. Cornell was never able to gain a lead in the game, which saw the Pioneers finish an efficient 59.6 percent from the floor.
Down 13 points in the second half, Cornell trimmed the gap to 64-58 on a Joey Guth jumper with 4:43 to go. But that was as close as the Rams would come. The Pioneers, picked second in the MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll, sank 12-of-14 free throws in the final half.
Point guard Reggie Greenwood continued a strong start to his senior season, leading the Rams with 22 points while going 11-of-12 from the foul line. The Berkeley, Ill., native climbed past Matt Ditch (2000-04) for 14th place on Cornell's career scoring list with 1,085 points. Greenwood added four assists to move into fifth place in that career category with 286.
Guth canned four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. He also had three steals. Freshman Zach Pugh provided a spark of the bench with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Nick Bobb added seven points and led the team with five assists.
The Pioneers held a 38-22 advantage in points scored in the paint. Cornell turned the ball over just nine times, to Carroll's 12.
Andrew Nottling led Carroll with 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting. He also had nine rebounds.
Coming up – The Rams play host to Lawrence (2-2, 1-0 MWC) on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Small Multi-Sport Center. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m.