Cornell Bounces Temple

Ivy League records first win since 1998; Xavier eliminates Minnesota
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 19, 2010 2:10 PM CDT
Cornell's Ryan Wittman squares up to shoot as Temple's Juan Fernandez defends during the Big Red's first-round upset in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, March 19, 2010.    (Wilfredo Lee)
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(Newser) – Louis Dale scored 21 points, Ryan Wittman added 20, and No. 12 seed Cornell sent fifth-seeded Temple home with a 78-65 today in Jacksonville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. With its first win in five trips to the tournament, the Big Red (28-4) recorded the Ivy League's first victory since Princeton beat UNLV in 1998.

Cornell took the lead early and never looked back, showing why many have pegged it as the best team to come out of the Ivy League in more than a decade. Temple lost in the first round for the third straight year. In a less suspenseful first-round game, Xavier (25-8) took out 11th-seeded Minnesota, 65-54, in Milwaukee.

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