ITHACA - Cornell opened the second half on a 25-4 run and held off several Saint Joseph's charges after halftime to extend its win streak to five games, knocking off the Hawks 78-66 on Sunday afternoon at Newman Arena.
The Big Red improved to 7-2, while Saint Joseph's fell to 3-4.
Senior Ryan Wittman led four Big Red players in double figures with 17 pointsm while Chris Wroblewski and Jon Jaques each had 15.
Wroblewski added six assists and three rebounds.
Jaques, in his first collegiate start, added two rebounds, and assist and a steal in 23 minutes.
Also hitting for double figures was Geoff Reeves, who scored 13 points and had four rebounds.
Jeff Foote had seven points, five rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes, while his backup, Mark Coury, had six points and six rebounds off the bench.
Despite battling foul trouble, Louis Dale had five points, five rebounds and six assists.
The bIg Red shot 53 percent from the floor, limited the Hawks to 36 percent shooting and held a 34-31 edge on the backboards.
Only its 19 turnovers kept Saint Joseph's in the game.
Cornell will attempt to extend its win streak to six games when it meets Davidson in the first round of the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival on Sunday, Dec. 20 at noon.
Cornell will meet either St. John's or Hofstra the following day in the championship/consolation game.
Courtesy: Cornell University