MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's men made quick work of the Knox Prairie Fire, building a 25-point halftime bulge and strolling to an 88-66 Midwest Conference basketball victory Tuesday night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The Rams (8-9 overall, 5-7 MWC) scored the first 10 points of the game and played with a double-digit lead for the final 35 minutes. Cornell's margin ballooned to 51-18 with 18:13 left in the second half on a 3-pointer by Reggie Greenwood, who continued his season-long scoring spree with 23 points.
Cornell knocked down 27-of-30 free throws (90.0 percent) for the game, including 20-of-23 after intermission. Junior Tabari Carter helped the cause, getting all eight of his points on perfect shooting from the stripe. Greenwood went 6-of-6 from the foul line and also drained three 3-pointers in recording his 10th 20-point outing of the season.
Joey Guth tossed in 15 points, and freshman Tyrus Hartman added 10 on a 5-of-5 shooting night for the Rams, who hit an even 50.0 percent from the field. Nick Bobb finished with eight points, while Peter Catchings and Joshua Olberding netted seven apiece.
Catchings added eight assists and six rebounds – both game-highs – and two steals to his fine all-around game. Bobb and Greenwood had five rebounds apiece. Olberding collected four steals.
The Rams finished the first half on a 20-7 run and took a 43-18 advantage into the break. Cornell shot 51.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes, while limiting the Prairie Fire (1-15, 0-11 MWC) to 29.2 percent.
Cornell pressured the Prairie Fire into 23 turnovers. Knox held a slight 30-29 edge on the boards.
Coming up – Cornell plays host to Beloit (6-10, 4-7 MWC) at 2 p.m. Saturday. It is the first of two February meetings between the teams. The Buccaneers are coming off a 76-71 loss at Ripon.