Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Junior Devin Cherry scored 19 points and freshman Robert Hatter had 18, but the Cornell men's basketball team fell into an early hole and couldn't recover in an 86-71 loss to Radford on Monday evening at Newman Arena. The Big Red slipped to 0-7, while the Highlanders improved to 4-1.
Cherry hit on 6-of-12 shots from the floor and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe and added five rebounds, while Hatter was credited with six assists and two rebounds while also hitting three 3-pointers. Deion Giddens rounded out three double figure scorers with 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 19 minutes. He connected on 5-of-7 field goals. Nolan Cressler had nine points, four rebounds and three assists despite a tough shooting night and Dwight Tarwater had a game-high eight rebounds. Cornell again had a positive assist:turnover ratio (14-12) and also outrebounded Radford (37-32) in the loss.
Cornell shot 56 percent from the floor in the second half after hitting on just 29 percent in the first 20 minutes, scoring 49 points after the break, but couldn't overcome a deficit that grew to as many as 25 points early in the second half. The Highlanders shot 54 percent from the floor and connected on 8-of-17 from beyond the arc.
R.J. Price scored a game-high 24 points and added five assists and four rebounds to lead Radford, who extended its win streak to four games. Javonte Green scored 18 points with six rebounds and three steals and Rashun Davis (13 points) and Kion Brown (12 points) chipped in a combined 25 points off the bench.
Radford controlled the first half, going on a 21-5 run late in the half to extend a close six-point game into a 22-point bulge and led at the break 43-22.
Cornell chipped away in the second half, getting as closed at 15 points three different times. Each time, Radford answered with a score. Cherry took over offensively for the Big Red in the second half, scoring 14 of his points coming out of the locker room, including three three-point plays on the break with tough finishes after contact. Hatter added 12 in the second half, including a pair of treys.
The Big Red hits the road to face Western Michigan on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.
(Courtesy: Cornell Athletics)