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.
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.