On Tuesday night, the Cornell Big Red fell to the Monmouth Hawks, 76-61. In the win, Monmouth showed the college basketball world just what the Hawks are capable of in 2016-17.
Although Sophomore forward Stone Gettings had a nice game on the offensive end, recording 14 points and 5 rebounds, Cornell was bullied in the paint and out-rebounded. Monmouth out-rebounded the Big Red by a margin of 48-35.
After the first eight minutes, where each team traded baskets, Monmouth pulled away and never looked back.
After Austin Tilghman‘s acrobatic and-one layup with 12:25 left in the first half, Monmouth went on a 25-5 run. Cornell closed the gap before the half came to a close, but could not capitalize coming out fresh in the second half.
Monmouth took a 41-27 lead into the locker room.
Cornell looked sloppy, committing nine turnovers in the first half on what seemed to be miscommunication and overall sloppy play.
The Big Red once again struggled from beyond the arc, making only 8 of their 34 attempts. We rarely saw Matt Morgan and Robert Hatter attacking the basket and they struggled because of it.
On the Monmouth side, they looked like the superior team throughout. The Hawks finished ahead of Cornell in every team category on the box score and emptied the bench late in the second half. Justin Robinson led Monmouth with 19 points and Austin Tilghman followed with 9.
Stone Gettings and Troy Whiteside each had 14 points to lead the Big Red.
The Cornell Big Red (1-4, 0-0) will shift focus to their upcoming match-up with the Houston Cougars (3-0, 0-0) on Saturday.
– M. Roitman