MOUNT VERNON – Their backs against the wall just a week ago, the Rams now find themselves riding a three-game winning streak and very much in the mix for a postseason berth.
Corey Davis (JR/Glendale Heights, Ill.) and Jon Anderson (JR/Mexico, Mo.) posted double-doubles for the second straight game and Brad Hund (JR/Joliet, Ill.) netted a season-high 21 points to lift Cornell to a 73-62 men's basketball win over Monmouth Wednesday night inside the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The Rams (9-11 overall, 8-7 Midwest Conference) moved within a game of fourth-place Lawrence (9-6 MWC) with three road contests remaining. The top four teams qualify for the MWC Tournament.
Cornell can help its tournament hopes Saturday in a 5 p.m. matchup at third-place Lake Forest (12-8 overall, 10-5 MWC), a team the Rams beat 65-63 in early December.
Davis became Cornell's new record holder for assists in a season after dishing out 10 against the Fighting Scots (6-14 overall, 6-9 MWC). The junior point guard broke Tim Maaske's long-standing mark of 147, set during the 1975-76 season. Davis has totaled 148 assists – ranking 10th nationally – through 20 games.
Davis added 14 points, six rebounds and five steals to his record-setting night.
Jon Anderson was huge on the glass with a career-best 18 rebounds, one shy of the program's single-game record. The 6-foot-7 junior also had 12 points and three blocked shots.
Hund made 8-of-10 field goals in his best offensive outing of the season. Grant Anderson (SR/Homewood, Ill.) and Craig Engle (SO/Marion, Iowa) also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Rams enjoyed a strong 50.9-percent shooting night from the field and improved to 7-2 in MWC home games.
Cornell pulled away down the stretch after the Scots got within 42-41 with 10:51 remaining. The Rams scored the next eight points – highlighted by a dunk from Jon Anderson – and later used another 8-0 run to put Monmouth away.
Will Jones paced the Scots with 22 points. Lamont Mitchell had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
|Monmouth College 6-14 (6-9 MWC)||26||36||62|
|Cornell College 9-11 (8-7 MWC)||29||44||73|
|Feb. 8, 2017|
|Mount Vernon, Iowa (Multi-Sport Center)|
|Monmouth College||Indv. Leaders||Cornell College|
|#15 Will Jones - 22||Points||#43 Brad Hund - 21|
|#14 Lamont Mitchell - 10||Rebounds||#40 Jon Anderson - 18|
|#03 Austin Holman - 4||Assists||#20 Corey Davis - 10|
|Monmouth College||Team Statistics||Cornell College|
|32.4% (24 - 74)||Field Goals %||50.9% (27 - 53)|
|14.3% (4 - 28)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (6 - 15)|
|52.6% (10 - 19)||Free Throws||76.5% (13 - 17)|
|15||2nd Chance Pts||6|