Gamecenter: Cornell 88, Dartmouth 70

1st 2nd Final
Cornell (23-4, 9-1 Ivy) 44 44 88
Dartmouth (5-19, 1-9 Ivy) 21 49 70
Leede Arena, Hanover, NH
Attendance – 877
Keys to the Game
Key sequence With the scored tied at 9, Ryan Wittman knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers, the second as the shot clock expired, to trigger a 21-2 run over a span of just over six minutes that blew the game open. Wittman scored the first 10 points of the burst that gave the Big Red a 30-11 lead.
Key sign it was over A Jon Jaques three-pointer with 44 seconds left in the half gave Cornell a 44-21 lead at the break. Dartmouth never got within 20 points of the Big Red again until both teams had cleared the benches and a layup by Dartmouth’s Mbiyimoh Ghogomu made it 79-60 with 2:33 remaining.
Key performance Wittman had 23 points with 18 of them coming during a first half when he was 4-for-6 from long range and 6-of-8 overall.
Key statistic Cornell was a blistering 9-of-13 from beyond the arc in the first half and 15-of-25 on the game, setting a season-high for 3-pointers made. The previous high was 13.

– Cornell set a school record with its 23rd win of the season.

– The victory was the 140th of Steve Donahue’s career at Cornell, moving him into third on the school’s all-time win list.

– The Big Red now has won its last 10 games against Dartmouth. With 13 wins in the last 14 meetings, Cornell has narrowed the Big Green’s lead in the all-time series to 101-99.

– Dartmouth allowed Columbia just 44 points Friday night. Cornell scored exactly 44 points Saturday night – in each half.

– The Big Green’s Ronnie Dixon scored a career-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He was 3-for-5 from outside the arc.

– Dixon’s 20-point game was just the second for a Big Green player this winter. Robby Pride had 21 in a win over St. Francis.

– Cornell center Jeff Foote did not take a shot or grab a rebound in the first half. He was 4-for-5 from the field in the second half to finish with10 points and five rebounds.

– Dartmouth shot just 36 percent from the field in the first half (9-for-25) but heated up to 63 percent in the second half (17-for-27) to finish the night at 50 percent (26-for-52). It marks just the second time this year Dartmouth has made half its shots against a Division I opponent.

– Cornell converted 69.6 percent of its shots in the first half (16-for-23) and 57.1 percent on the night (32-for-56). The 57.1 shooting ties the season-high set in the win over St. John’s.

– Cornell’s previous high this season was 13 triples in a game. The Big Red now has hit for double-figure 3-pointers in 14 games this season. Dartmouth’s high in the same category: seven.

– The 70 points are the most Dartmouth scored against a Division I opponent this year.

– The game was delayed for several minutes in the first half when Cornell’s Adam Wire got sick on the court in front of the Big Red bench. Despite losing his lunch, he did return to the game.

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