Stanford Closes Book on Cornell

No. 3 proves greater than No. 14, if only in sports
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2008 9:16 PM CDT
Cornell players, from left, Andre Wilkins, Jason Hartford and Alex Tyler react during Cornell's 77-53 loss to Stanford in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament South Regional today.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Cornell entered today’s game against Stanford with a 16-game winning streak, and watching the first 10 minutes or so of the game would have led some to believe they could pull off No. 17, and a huge upset in the process. Then the Stanford Cardinal came alive, going on to rout the Big Red 77-53, and enjoying a first-round tourney win for the first time in three years.

Shooting 30% - and an NCAA tournament record-low 15.6% in the first half -  from field goal range didn’t help Cornell.  Stanford outrebounding them 44-23 didn’t, either. Kenny Brown led the Cardinal offense with 18 points, while Lawrence Hill nabbed 10 boards.  Cornell did hit 9 of 13 from the line, but that was as good as it got for the Big Red. Stanford moves on to face No. 6 Marquette Saturday.