WAUKESHA, Wis. – Cornell surrendered 15 unanswered points to end the first half, proving to be the key blow in a 67-57 Midwest Conference loss on the road Saturday to Carroll.
The decisive spurt put the Pioneers (14-5, 10-4 MWC) ahead 38-27 at intermission. Cornell (7-12, 6-8 MWC) outscored the hosts, 30-29, in the second half but was unable to draw closer than seven points.
Carroll, which hit 12 3-pointers in an 83-65 December win over the Rams, managed just two 3-point goals on seven attempts this time. The Pioneers, however, shot 56.0 percent from inside the arc Saturday and held a 38-22 advantage on the boards.
A Nick Bobb bucket in the paint gave the Rams a 27-23 lead with 8:22 to go in the first half. But Cornell was stuck on 27 until the 18:31 mark of the second half, when a Joey Guth field goal finally stopped the cold spell after the Pioneers built a 40-27 lead.
Reggie Greenwood was high scorer for Cornell with 14 points. He also had three assists. Bobb pitched in 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Guth finished with nine points. Peter Catchings and Anthony Blashewski added seven points apiece.
The Rams pressured Carroll into 23 turnovers, while committing just 12. Cornell collected 15 steals, including three each from Greenwood, Catchings and Guth.
Cornell shot 39.3 percent from the floor and hit 9-of-13 foul shots. The Pioneers hit 52.1 percent of their field goals and went 15-of-18 from the foul line.
Coming up – Cornell visits Illinois College (8-11, 5-9 MWC) Thursday, Feb. 7 for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Jacksonville, Ill. The Rams pulled out an 82-76 win on Dec. 19 in Mount Vernon.