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Cornell picks up first win over LCO, falls to Bruce

Cornell started their week with a celebration, as they got the win over Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO), but were not able to close out the week with a win over Bruce.

Jan. 21 vs. LCO non-conference (W 58-49)

“It was a really good game for us,” said coach Marcus Leland.

The Chiefs hosted visiting non-conference opponent LCO, where the home team picked up their first victory of the year.

“We were able to get good shots on offense and finish many of our looks,” said Leland. “On defense, we had good energy, which allowed us to have some good fast-break opportunities.”

Cornell was up 32-21 at halftime and while they allowed LCO to outscore them 28-26 in the second, the first-half lead was enough to seal the 58-49 victory.

“We are still learning how to finish a game, but we did enough to get the win,” said Leland.

Senior Caleb Balow was the high scorer for the Chiefs, with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Junior Davis Harshman scored 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals, while senior Chayse Turchen added 8 points.

Freshman Dylan Bowe chipped in with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, while junior Austin Bowe had 3 points and senior Tyler Harycki ended with 2 points.

Jan. 24 vs. Bruce conference (L 65-24)

Cornell hit the road two days later, for a conference match-up against Bruce. The Chiefs tried to keep their momentum from three days before, but Bruce limited the visiting team to just nine points in the first half, going up 31-9.

The Chiefs tried to bounce back in the second, but Bruce’s lead was too large and with a 34-point scoring onslaught from the Red Raiders, Cornell dropped the game, 65-24.

“Rough game on Friday,” said Leland. “We did not have very good execution on the offensive end and defensively, we were not able to cause many turnovers to turn into easy offense for us.”

The loss puts Cornell at 1-11 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

Balow again led with 9 points and 4 rebounds, followed by Turchen who had 6 points and 3 steals. D. Bowe came next, scoring 4 points and 2 steals, while Harshman finished with 3 points and 10 rebounds.