MOUNT VERNON – Junior point guard Reggie Greenwood pumped in a career-high 31 points as the Rams raced past Monmouth, 92-78, in Midwest Conference men's basketball action Tuesday night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Greenwood set the tone early with three 3-pointers in the opening three minutes on his way to a 22-point first half as the Rams (6-9 overall, 5-5 MWC) built a 46-33 lead.
Teammate Joey Guth carried the scoring load from there, delivering all 17 of his points in the second half as Cornell completed a regular-season sweep of the Fighting Scots (4-11, 3-7 MWC).
The Rams were on target from the foul line, hitting 30-of-36 free throws for an 83.3-percent clip. Greenwood helped the cause with perfect 12-of-12 shooting from the stripe.
Cornell shot 50.0 percent from long range (12-of-24), with Greenwood providing five 3-point goals. The Berkeley, Ill., native finished his big night 7-of-11 from the field with six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Greenwood topped his previous scoring high of 27 points, set at Wartburg last season.
The Rams scored six straight points to build their biggest lead at 38-20 with 6:37 to go in the first half. Monmouth got within 51-43 early in the second half, but Cornell responded with an 11-2 spurt to stretch the margin back to 17 points. Guth and Tabari Carter each had a 3-pointer during the decisive run.
Guth knocked down three 3-point goals in the second half. He finished with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Rams pressured Monmouth into 21 turnovers, 13 in the opening half. Mike DeDecker had 27 points for the Fighting Scots, who held a 34-30 edge on the boards.
Coming up – Cornell travels to play MWC co-leader St. Norbert (11-3, 8-2 MWC) at 5 p.m. Saturday in De Pere, Wis. The Green Knights are coming off a 66-56 road win over Beloit.
The Rams recorded a 58-54 win over St. Norbert, the MWC preseason favorite, on Dec. 1 in Mount Vernon.
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