Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - The Cornell men's basketball team continued its suffocating defense, surrendering 28 percent shooting and limiting the Big Green to 13 first half points in an impressive 71-37 victory over Dartmouth on Friday evening at Newman Arena.
Cornell improved to 17-3 (3-0 Ivy), while the visitors fell to 4-13 (0-3 Ivy).
The win also sets up a showdown Saturday with conference unbeaten Harvard, a 74-45 victor at Columbia.
Max Groebe scored a career-high 15 points in 16 minutes to lead Cornell's offense, while Ryan Wittman (12 points) and Louis Dale (10 points) also hit double figures as the home team shot 49 percent overall and 63 percent in the second half.
Cornell made 11 3-pointers and outrebounded the Big Green 41-31.
Senior Jeff Foote was a dominating defensive presence in the lane, blocking six of Cornell's eight shots and collecting a steal.
The perimeter defense was just as good, holding Dartmouth to 1-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. Jon Jaques had seven points and five rebounds and Errick Peck scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in the victory.
Junior Adam Wire was impressive in an 11-minute stint, scoring two points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing off two assists and stealing two passes.
Courtesy: Cornell University