MOUNT VERNON – Carroll got hot early from the outside, creating a long afternoon for the host Rams in an 83-65 Midwest Conference men's basketball loss Sunday in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The Pioneers (8-3, 4-2 MWC), among the NCAA leaders in 3-point shooting, came out firing with 11 3-point goals on 16 attempts in the first half alone to build a 54-31 lead at intermission. Carroll finished the game shooting 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from long range.
Cornell (4-7, 3-3 MWC) tied the score at 16-16 on an Alec Winzenried jumper with 13 minutes to go in the first half. The Pioneers, a 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifier, then broke it open with a 33-9 spurt over a 10-minute stretch and remained in control the rest of the way.
Carroll shot a sizzling 66.7 percent in the opening half and knocked down 30-of-50 field goals for the game. The Rams went 23-of-57 from the floor (40.4 percent) and were outrebounded by a 33-24 margin.
Junior Joey Guth paced the Rams with 11 points. Nick Bobb and John Harth chipped in 10 points apiece. Reggie Greenwood added nine points, a team-high five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Winzenried and Tabari Carter provided eight points apiece off the bench for the Rams. Carter hit all three of his shots – including a pair of 3-pointers – in the second half.
Caleb Zeegers had the hot hand for Carroll, coming off the bench to score 25 points behind 7-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. He had six 3-pointers and 20 points by halftime.
The Rams look to get back on track Saturday, Jan. 5 in an MWC contest against Lake Forest (2-7, 1-4 MWC) in Lake Forest, Ill. Tipoff is 5 p.m.