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Sunday, November 30, 2008

By STEVE HERMAN

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Freshman Tom Pritchard scored a season-high 23 points and Indiana pulled away in the second half to beat Cornell 72-57 Sunday.

The Hoosiers (4-2) led by 13 points late in the first half and 35-29 at the break, but Cornell (4-3) came within two points early in the second period and within four with just over 9 minutes to go.

Devan Dumes then scored for Indiana and Pritchard and Kyle Taber added rebound baskets as the Hoosiers built the lead back to 10. A 3-pointer by Malik Story and two free throws by Daniel Moore pushed Indiana's lead to 62-48 with under 3 minutes remaining, and the Big Red came no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Nick Williams had a season-high 18 points and Dumes added 13 for the Hoosiers. Cornell was led by a career-high 28 points by Ryan Wittman, son of NBA Minnesota Timberwolves coach and former Indiana player Randy Wittman.

Indiana never trailed and took a 10-point lead in the first five minutes of the game on the first of two 3-pointers by Williams.

Wittman then hit two 3-pointers during an 8-0 run that pulled the Big Red within one. But Indiana held Cornell to a pair of free throws during a 14-2 burst over the next 8 minutes.

Williams and Matt Roth each hit 3-pointers in that stretch, and Williams scored the next 6 points for the Hoosiers as they took their biggest lead of the half at 31-18.

Cornell cut the lead to 35-29 at halftime on a late basket by center Jeff Foote, whose hard pick earlier in the first half sent Indiana freshman Verdell Jones III to the floor and then off the court on a stretcher.

Foote finished with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

INDIANA 72, CORNELL 57

CORNELL (4-3)

Wittman 8-22 7-9 28, Tyler 1-3 4-4 6, Foote 5-8 3-4 13, Wroblewski 1-7 0-0 3, Reeves 1-11 0-0 3, Battle 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0, Wire 1-1 0-0 2, Kreefer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 18-55 14-17 57.

INDIANA (4-2)

Williams 8-12 0-0 18, Pritchard 7-7 9-13 23, Moore 2-2 4-4 8, Jones III 0-1 0-0 0, Dumes 5-12 2-2 13, Roth 1-5 0-0 3, Finkelmeier 0-0 0-0 0, Story 2-7 0-0 5, Jobe 0-0 0-0 0, Taber 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-47 15-19 72.

Halftime--Indiana 35-29. 3-Point Goals--Cornell 7-21 (Wittman 5-12, Reeves 1-4, Wroblewski 1-5), Indiana 5-16 (Williams 2-4, Story 1-1, Roth 1-5, Dumes 1-6). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Cornell 24 (Foote 9), Indiana 37 (Taber 8). Assists--Cornell 9 (Foote 3), Indiana 10 (Moore 4). Total Fouls--Cornell 20, Indiana 19. A--13,325.



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