MONMOUTH, Ill. – Cornell went off for a 50-point second half to pull away from host Monmouth, 77-64, in Midwest Conference men's basketball action Saturday in Glennie Gym.
The Rams (4-5 overall, 3-2 MWC) moved into the top half of the MWC standings with their second league win of the week. Coach Chad Murray's squad is one game back of MWC co-leaders Beloit and Grinnell, both at 4-1.
Cornell trailed the Fighting Scots (2-7, 2-5 MWC) by as many as 10 points in the first half and was down 31-27 at the break. But the Rams found their rhythm in the final 20 minutes, hitting 16-of-27 field goals (59.3 percent) and going 13-of-15 from the foul line.
Junior Reggie Greenwood paced a balanced offensive attack with 17 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Joey Guth collected 12 of his 14 points after intermission and also grabbed eight boards.
The Rams reeled off seven straight points to grab their first lead of the second half at 44-42 with 14:22 to go. After Monmouth tied it, Cornell answered with another 7-0 run to take control. Anthony Blashewski buried a 3-pointer, Miller hit two free throws and Alec Winzenried made a jumper that put the Rams on top, 53-46.
The Fighting Scots never got closer than four points the rest of the game. Cornell held off any comeback by hitting 9-of-10 foul shots over the final five minutes. The Rams finished the game 20-of-26 from the foul line.
Monmouth struggled from the perimeter, making just 1-of-13 3-point tries. The Rams connected on 7-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. Cornell held a 36-35 advantage on the boards.
Coming up – The Rams return from an abbreviated Christmas break Thursday, Dec. 27 to play Westminster (7-2) in a 3 p.m. nonconference tipoff in Fulton, Mo. Cornell plays host to MWC foe Carroll (7-3, 3-2 MWC) at 2 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Small Multi-Sport Center.