Cornell schools Temple, 78-65
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Cornell lived up to its billing, showing why it's the best team to come out of the Ivy League in more than a decade.
Louis Dale scored 21 points, Ryan Wittman had 20 and Jeff Foote added 16 points and seven rebounds to lead 12th-seeded Cornell to its first win in five NCAA Tournament appearances, a 78-65 victory over No. 5 seed Temple yesterday in the East Regional.
"Everyone was saying we were Cinderella or it's an upset. Not us," Cornell sophomore Chris Wroblewski said.
The Big Red earned the Ivy League's first NCAA Tournament victory since fifth-seeded Princeton beat No. 12 seed UNLV in 1998.
It was Temple's first win in five NCAA appearances.
Juan Fernandez and Ryan Brooks each had 14 points for Temple. Lavoy Allen added 11.
Cornell (28-4) made eight of its first 10 shots, shooting 68 percent in the opening half and 56 percent for the game.
Temple (29-6), the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament champion, lost in the first round for the third straight year under coach Fran Dunphy.
Cornell has won 16 of 17 games since a 5-point road loss to Kansas on Jan. 6.
No. 4 Wisconsin 53, No. 13 Wofford 49: Jon Leuer scored 20 points, including a jumper and two free throws in the final 17 seconds, and Wisconsin (24-8) eked out a win over Wofford (26-9) at Jacksonville, Fla. Trevon Hughes added 19 points for Wisconsin, including 12 of the team's first 21.
No. 2 West Virginia 77, No. 15 Morgan State 50: Kevin Jones scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half to lead West Virginia (28-6) over Morgan State (27-10) at Buffalo, N.Y. West Virginia missed its first 11 shots and trailed 10-0 before the game was five minutes old.
No. 10 Missouri 86, No. 7 Clemson 78: Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scored 20 points, and Missouri (23-10) used its swarming defense to beat Clemson (21-11). Missouri forced 20 turnovers, nabbed 15 steals and stifled Clemson star Trevor Booker for 35 minutes. Booker finished with 11 points.