BELOIT, Wis. – Beloit found its shooting touch early and never cooled off in handing the Rams a 94-68 Midwest Conference men's basketball loss Saturday in Flood Arena.
Cornell (5-9 overall, 4-5 MWC) gave up a big run in each half to a hot Buccaneer squad that finished 36-of-62 shooting for a 58.1-percent clip. The Rams found themselves down 49-32 at halftime.
Beloit used a 20-3 spurt in the opening half to take control of the game, leading 42-23. The Rams managed to get within 55-45 on a Reggie Greenwood jumper early in the second half. The Buccaneers (8-6, 6-3 MWC) answered with an 18-3 run to push their lead to 25 points.
Greenwood topped Cornell in scoring with 15 points, including 6-of-8 shooting from the foul line. Sophomore post Nick Bobb hit 7-of-11 field goals and finished with 14 points as the only other Ram to score in double figures. They combined for half of Cornell's 22 made field goals and shared team-high honors with four rebounds apiece.
Joey Guth and John Harth chipped in eight and seven points, respectively, for the Rams.
Cornell turned the ball over just nine times, although lost the battle on the boards, 36-22. The Rams had an eight-point advantage from the foul line, going 22-of-29.
Beloit's Tyler Butke had a career-high 31 points behind 14-of-21 shooting. James Lazarcik added a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Coming up – The Rams return to action Tuesday, Jan. 15 for a 7 p.m. home contest against league foe Monmouth (4-10, 3-6 MWC). Cornell looks to complete a regular-season sweep over the Fighting Scots, after earning a 77-64 win Dec. 22 in Monmouth, Ill.