MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's Tabari Carter sank four free throws in the final half-minute to preserve a quality Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence, 75-69, Wednesday night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
In a game they never trailed, the Rams (4-2 overall, 2-1 MWC) had a nine-point cushion with less than three minutes to play. Lawrence (2-3, 1-1 MWC) got within a bucket at 71-69 with 29 seconds remaining, before Carter came up big from the foul line.
Carter canned two free throws to push the lead to 73-69. Joshua Olberding came up with a steal on the other end, and Carter splashed two more foul shots with 11 seconds left to seal the victory.
Carter, a junior guard, finished with 11 points off the bench and offset an otherwise shaky night for Cornell from the foul line (16-of-27). The Rams had their best shooting game from the field, hitting at a 53.8-percent clip. Lawrence connected on just 37.7 percent from the floor.
Senior Joey Guth led all scorers with 18 points, 14 coming in the first half as the Rams built a 38-32 lead at the break. Guth was 7-of-11 from the field and also had three steals.
Greenwood added 12 points and a game-high five assists. Nick Bobb was the fourth Ram to score in double figures with 11 points, while blocking five shots. Freshman Tyrus Hartman collected eight points and nine rebounds. Zach Pugh had eight points.
The Rams led by as many as 13 points in the first half. Lawrence stayed within striking distance behind 24-of-29 foul shooting for the game. The Vikings pulled within three points on five occasions in the second half, but Cornell always had an answer.
Cornell won the battle on the boards, 36-31. The Rams held one of the league's top 3-point shooting teams to 5-of-21 from long range.