ITHACA (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Junior Devin Cherry scored a career-high 29 points, but Yale's strength on the boards and first half shooting was too much to overcome as the Bulldogs claimed an 82-65 victory on Friday evening at Newman Arena.
Yale improved to 14-9 (8-1 Ivy), while Cornell fell to 2-21 (1-8 Ivy).
Cherry scored 17 in the second half to try and keep the Big Red in the game, but the Bulldogs controlled the glass (35-26) and turned the ball over just nine times to keep pace with fellow league leader Harvard, an 83-63 winner at Penn. Yale shot 61 percent from the floor in the first half and 53 percent for the game. Cherry hit 11-of-17 shots from the floor and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss. Nolan Cressler scored 11 points, while seniors Dwight Tarwater and Jake Matthews each contributed eight points.
Ivy League Player of the Year candidate Justin Sears scored 19 points and had five rebounds, while Jack Montague notched 18 points, including 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. He accounted for all five of Yale's treys on the night, including four in the first half. Brandon Sherrod had 13 points and seven boards, joining with Montague to outscore the Big Red reserves 31-10 by themselves.
Cornell hung around nearly the entire first half before 14-4 run allowed the visitors to extend a lead out to 15 with 4:38 left in the half, with Montague spearheading the run with three of his 3-pointers. The home team went into the break trailing by 14 (45-31) despite 12 points from Cherry.
Cherry's second half explosion allowed the home team to crawl back to within seven points and knock the deficit to single digits seven different times, but couldn't make a final run. The Bulldogs stretched the lead out to as many as 20 points in the final six minutes to close out the win.
The Big Red will return to action tomorrow when it plays host to Brown at 8 p.m. at Newman Arena in a game that will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
(Courtesy: Cornell University)