DE PERE, Wis. – Reggie Greenwood continued his offensive tear, but Cornell's upset bid of Midwest Conference leader St. Norbert faded in the second half of an 80-63 men's basketball loss Saturday at Schuldes Sports Center.
The Rams (6-10 overall, 5-6 MWC) stuck with St. Norbert (12-3, 9-2 MWC) for more than half of the contest, attempting to parlay a 58-54 victory over the Green Knights Dec. 1 in Mount Vernon. Cornell trailed by six points at halftime and got within 37-33 on a Greenwood basket three minutes into the second half.
The Green Knights took control with a 23-8 run over the next 10 minutes, building their biggest lead of the game at 60-41. The margin stayed in double digits the rest of the way.
Greenwood led the Rams with 19 points, behind 8-of-11 shooting from the foul line. The junior point guard also had six rebounds and five assists. Greenwood was coming off a career-high 31-point scoring night Wednesday in a win over Monmouth.
Sophomore guard Tabari Carter had his best offensive outing as a Ram with 16 points. He hit 6-of-7 field goals, including all four shots from beyond the arc in topping in his previous career high of 10 points, set in the season opener.
Joey Guth pitched in 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Peter Catchings grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
St. Norbert shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second half to break the game open. The Green Knights held a 42-27 advantage in rebounds.
Coming up – Cornell plays host to Knox (1-14, 1-9 MWC) in an early 5:30 p.m. tipoff Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Small Multi-Sport Center. The Rams look to avenge an 84-80 loss to Knox Dec. 4 in Galesburg, Ill.
The Prairie Fire dropped a 72-43 home game Saturday to Lawrence.