APPLETON, Wis. - Cornell's Joey Guth
netted a career-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough to offset a hot-shooting Lawrence attack in a 79-70 Midwest Conference men's basketball loss Saturday in Alexander Gymnasium.
The Rams (2-4 overall, 1-2 MWC) trailed 40-34 at halftime and were unable to gain ground in the second half despite a sensational shooting display from Guth. The 6-foot-1 junior forward tallied 21 points after intermission while hitting 9-of-11 field goals.
Guth finished the night shooting 11-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range in 28 minutes of work off the bench. He topped his previous career high of 18 points, set last January at Loras. Guth bumped his scoring average to 19.3 points over his last three contests.
Lawrence (4-3, 3-2 MWC) made good on 16-of-28 field goals (57.1 percent) in the second half and built its biggest lead at 64-47 with 11:38 remaining. The Rams never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
The Vikings connected on 13 3-point goals and shot 54.4 percent for the game. Cornell's offense was not far behind, shooting 51.9 percent with eight threes.
Cornell gained momentum early, scoring the game's first five points and later getting back-to-back buckets from Nick Bobb to take a 12-5 lead. A 3-pointer by Reggie Greenwood put the Rams ahead 23-21 with 10:49 to go in the first half. The Vikings then ran off 13 of the next 15 points to take control.
Greenwood had a solid all-around game with 14 points, six assists and four rebounds. Bobb finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and a team-high six rebounds. The Rams got six points apiece from Peter Catchings, John Harth and Alex Miller.
The Rams held a 29-25 edge on the boards and scored 11 second-chance points to Lawrence's three. Cornell turned the ball over 18 times, 10 coming after intermission.
Coming up - Cornell travels to play 2012 NCAA qualifier Wheaton Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheaton, Ill. The Thunder entered the weekend 7-0 and ranked 22nd in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.