FULTON, Mo. – Hot-shooting Westminster broke open a tight game down the stretch and dealt Cornell's men's basketball team an 80-68 nonconference loss on the road Thursday afternoon.
Cornell (4-6 overall) was within striking distance of the Blue Jays (8-2) after a Nick Bobb bucket made the score 65-62 with 4:56 remaining. Westminster came back with six unanswered points and then iced the game from the foul line.
The Rams led for a large portion of the first half despite trailing 36-34 at the break. Freshman Peter Catchings hit a jumper that tied it at 36-36, although the Blue Jays responded with a 14-2 run and played in front the rest of the way.
Westminster, a member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, shot 60.0 percent (15-of-25) from the field in the final 20 minutes. The Blue Jays also hit all 11 of their second-half foul shots.
Junior forward Joey Guth led the Rams with 16 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Greenwood had 14 points and dished out a game-high five assists. John Harth pitched in 13 points on 5-of-11 field goal shooting. The Rams got eight points and eight rebounds from sophomore Nick Bobb.
The Rams shot 41.9 percent for the game and went 10-of-13 from the foul line. Westminster hit 51.9 percent from the field and connected on 19-of-26 foul shots.
The Blue Jays held a 34-29 advantage on the boards.
Coming up – The Rams (3-2 MWC) return home Sunday, Dec. 30 to face Carroll (7-3, 3-2 MWC) in a Midwest Conference matchup at 2 p.m. in Mount Vernon. Carroll, the 2012 MWC Tournament champion, was a vote-getter in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. Both teams are tied for fourth place in the league standings.