TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Ryan Wittman scored 23 points and made
5-of-8 3-pointers to help Cornell beat Alabama 71-67 on Saturday,
spoiling Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide coaching debut.
Cornell (1-0) opened the second half with nine straight points,
building a 35-20 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Chris
Wroblewski and Wittman.
Grant turned up his full-court press to help the Tide whittle the margin down to 53-52 on Torrance's two free throws with 6:16 left.
But two-time defending Ivy League Conference champion Cornell,
which returns all five starters, answered with a 3-pointer by
Birmingham native Louis Dale and never gave up the lead. It was the
Big Red's first win over a Southeastern Conference team since
beating Arkansas in the 1972-73 season.
The Big Red's 7-foot center Jeff Foote finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Dale had 13 points.