Drexel's turnovers key in loss to Cornell

Ryan Wittman scored 18 points and Jeff Foote added 15 yesterday as Cornell registered a 61-54 victory over Drexel at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Wittman, the son of former NBA player Randy Wittman, went 2 for 4 from three-point range for the Big Red (5-2), who finished 6 for 14 from beyond the arc in the Legends Classic. Cornell, which won its third straight game, also hit 9 of 11 free throws, which helped overcome 40.4 percent shooting from the field (23 for 57).

Drexel (3-4) shot 51.2 percent for the game (22 for 43) but committed 18 turnovers to just 10 by Cornell.

The Big Red opened up the contest on a 15-1 run and never looked back. Cornell led by 11 points at the half and won despite being outscored by 35-31 in the second half.

"We kept fighting and got back into it," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said. "Our guys fought hard. But in the first half, we were awful. We made 20 turnovers.

"Some of our young guys made some tough mistakes, and Cornell was able to take advantage of them down the stretch."

Jamie Harris paced the Dragons with 15 points, Gerald Colds added 14, and Samme Givens chipped in 10.

Drexel visits fourth-ranked Villanova on Wednesday.