Wittman leads Cornell past La Salle 78-75

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Ryan Wittman scored a career-high 34 points to become Cornell’s all-time leading scorer as the Big Red held off La Salle 78-75 on Tuesday.

Wittman, a senior forward, needed 31 points to surpass John Bajusz (1983-87), who had 1,663. Wittman scored 23 points in the second half to finish 11-for-21 from the field, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, and 8-for-9 from the free throw line.

Cornell (10-2) shook off the loss of injured starters Louis Dale (ankle) and Alex Tyler (leg)—who are listed as day-to-day—to win its eighth straight game and snap the Explorers’ six-game home winning streak.

After the Big Red led 38-27 at halftime, the Explorers opened the second half with a 12-2 run to pull within 40-39. They could get no closer as Cornell shot 60 percent (15-for-25) after the break.

Rodney Green led La Salle with 19 points and Jerrell Williams added 14.

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