Cornell beats Bryant 69-46

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP)—Ryan Whitman scored 18 points and Louis Dale added 16 as Cornell got its fifth straight win, 69-46 over Bryant on Monday.

Geoff Reeves added 15 points, including 12 in the first half for Cornell (10-6). The Big Red opens defense of its Ivy League title next Monday with double-digit wins for the first time since the 1950-51 season.

Nick Pontes led Bryant (2-14) with 13 points and Cecil Gresham chipped in with 11.

The Bulldogs led by one point early in the first half. But Cornell hit 9 of 14 shots from 3-point range, including five straight in a 19-3 run, to lead 43-18 at the break.

Bryant missed all five 3-point tries in the first half and 2 of 15 overall. Cornell also out-rebounded Bryant 36-22 in the game.

The Bulldogs are in the first year of a four-year transition to Division I. They’ll join the Northeast Conference in 2012.

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