Cornell 64, Northwestern 61
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)—Sophomore Adam Gore led Cornell in a 64-61 win over Northwestern on Friday night for the Big Red’s first victory against a Big Ten team in nearly 40 years.
Gore had a game-high 20 points and five 3-pointers. He played 36 minutes but left the game with 32.3 seconds to go after spraining his right ankle. He added four assists and two rebounds for the Big Red (1-0).
Despite Gore’s effort, the game was a back and forth battle that went down to the wire.
With about a minute and a half left to play, Cornell led 60-55 after Brian Kreefer landed a shot outside the arc. Wildcat Craig Moore answered back with his own 3-pointer and the Wildcats narrowed their deficit to two points, the Big Red leading 60-58.
Wildcat Kevin Coble was called for a foul about a minute later with 19 seconds to play and Ryan Wittman went to the line and made both free throws.
Northwestern had a golden chance to catch up when Graham Dow fouled Craig Moore with 10 seconds on the clock. Moore shot three perfect free throws to put the Wildcats within one, 62-61.
But the nail in the coffin came when Northwestern freshman Jeff Ryan fouled Wittman with 7 seconds to go. Wittman made both free throws.
Northwestern (0-1) was led by Tim Doyle, Sterling Williams and Jason Okrzesik, who had 11 points apiece.
Doyle led the Wildcats with a game-high four steals and eight assists. He helped lead the Wildcats’ early first half scoring drive as they scored 14 unanswered points for their only sizable run of the night.
Cornell’s last victory against a Big Ten team came during their 1967-1968 season, a 76-74 win over Ohio State.