Cornell suffered its second 22-point loss in as many days, falling to Dartmouth, 75-53, in Hanover Saturday night. Even worse for the Big Red, Jimmy Boeheim went down with an injury just six minutes in and never returned.
The junior made the first four for the visitors, then got tangled up on a foul call under the basket on defense. He landed funny and had difficulty walking. Boeheim hobbled on one foot to the trainer station where he was looked at. He finally returned to the bench, taped with ice, and stayed there for the remainder of the game.
With his four points and his brother Buddy going scoreless for Syracuse in a loss to Florida State, the leading brother scoring duo in the country had a pretty awful Saturday.
When Boeheim went out, his team trailed just 9-6. It would go downhill fast, and Dartmouth took a commanding 44-25 lead into the locker room.
The Big Red got it down to 15 points at the first media timeout of the second half, but the Big Green would never let it get closer, holding onto their second Ivy League win of the season and their first weekend sweep in five years.
Leading the Big Green was the efficient combo of Chris Knight and James Foye, scoring 17 points each and shooting a combined 14-for-20 from the field. Knight got a double-double with 10 rebounds in did it in just 24 minutes. Aaryn Rai added 13 for the winners.
Dartmouth shot 53% from the field and made 83% of its free throws.
Cornell’s main contributor was Terrance McBride, who scored 17 points. The Sierra Canyon product shot 5-for-11 and made all seven free throw attempts. Bryan Knapp had 10 points, and Dean Noll came off the bench with eight. The Big Red need Noll to play like that every time out.
The stat of the night was Dartmouth’s 39-23 rebound advantage. The Big Green snared 10 offensive rebounds and turned those into second-chance points. What’s also impressive is that the Big Green scored 75 points with just six threes. They kept getting open looks close to the basket.
Cornell’s loss snapped its six-game winning streak against Dartmouth.
Cornell will head home to kick off a four-game homestand, starting with league favorite Yale on Friday. The Big Green will continue their homestand on Friday with a contest against Penn.