MOUNT VERNON – Cornell hit seven of its first eight shots and remained hot the entire night in rolling up a 90-72 men's basketball win over Knox Wednesday night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The Rams (7-10 overall) made amends for a four-point loss at Knox in December with their largest margin of victory against a Midwest Conference foe this season. Cornell climbed back to .500 in the MWC standings at 6-6. The Rams are tied for fifth place with Ripon, which comes to town this weekend.
Cornell had 16 points on the board before four minutes elapsed in a game it never trailed. The Rams built a 45-28 halftime lead and stretched the margin to 27 points deep into the second half.
The Rams shot a season-best 60.3 percent from the floor and knocked down 11 3-point goals on 19 attempts. Junior Reggie Greenwood delivered five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 21 points. Joey Guth nailed three treys and finished with 19 points behind 8-of-12 shooting.
Junior forward Alec Winzenried gave the team a spark off the bench with a career-high 13 points in only 15 minutes. He made all four field goal attempts and went 5-of-7 from the foul line. Starting post Nick Bobb was the fourth Ram to reach double figures with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
The Rams tallied 22 assists on 35 field goals. Sophomore Tabari Carter led the way with seven assists to only one turnover. Guth added four assists and a game-high five steals.
Cornell outscored the Prairie Fire in bench points, 30-18. John Srodulski and Anthony Blashewski contributed seven and six points, respectively.
The Rams gained control with a 21-6 run late in the first half. Greenwood converted a pair of 3-pointers and a layup during the spurt and had 15 points by intermission. Knox (1-15, 1-10 MWC) got no closer than 18 points in the second half.
Mitch Murphy finished with 20 points for Knox, which owned a 32-23 advantage on the boards.
Coming up – The Rams play host to Ripon (8-9, 6-6 MWC) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the teams' only meeting of the regular season. The Red Hawks fell 65-61 at Beloit Wednesday.