Friday, March 19, 2010
Final: Cornell 78, Temple 65
By Brian Bennett
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cornell is for real.
The 12th-seeded Big Red didn't just beat fifth-seeded Temple. They controlled the game from start to finish, leading by as many as 19 points in the second half. There was never any question of which team was better in all facets.
Cornell shot 56 percent for the game and was over the 60 percent mark until missing some meaningless shots late. After making just two 3-pointers in the first half, the Big Red buried seven treys in the second half.
Temple didn't play that poorly, shooting 51.9 percent itself. But Cornell simply outplayed the Atlantic-10 regular-season and tournament champions. It's the first win for the Ivy League since Princeton in 1998.
But it's clear that the Big Red aren't just some Ivy League curiosity. They're for real, and they'll be tough to handle in the second round.