For the second time in eight days, the Wartburg men’s basketball team faced off against the Cornell Rams. The Rams avenged the previous loss with a 86-69 victory in the championship game of the Buzz Levick Tournament.

Tyler Zumbach ’20 scored the first bucket of the game, but Cornell rallied off scores by Jordan Magnani and Devin Davis to take the lead. While the Knights got within range multiple times, Cornell carried the lead the second half.

While Wartburg led the Rams in first-half free throws and free throw percentage, Cornell took advantage of Wartburg fouls to go 17-for-25 from the charity stripe in the second half.

Cornell also led Wartburg in field goal percentage, threepoint percentage, second chance points, points in the paint and bench points. Spencer Touro ’22 scored a team-high 20 points, added four steals and was named to the AllTournament team.

Zumbach and Jack Molstead ’23 also scored in double-digits with 16 and 12, respectively. Max Smith Drahos ’21 added three steals and a team high six assists.

Additionally, Ryan Stulken ’21 played in his first game in almost a year and scored five points. In the first round of the tournament, Wartburg defeated Iowa Wesleyan University, 8269. Camry Moore ’20 and AJ Becker ’23 came off the bench and led the Knights with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Wartburg scored 24 points off IWU turnovers and recorded a seasonhigh 44 rebounds and eight made three-pointers. The Knights shot 33-of-64 from the field and 8-of16 from beyond the arc. Zumbach and Touro shared the team lead with seven rebounds each, while Molstead led the team with five assists.

The Knights shot nearly 60% from the field in the second half and extended the lead to double digits early into the final half. Wartburg maintained at least a 10-point cushion during the final 14 minutes.

The Knights will close out a three-game homestead against Bethel at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19. Wartburg will have two more non conference road games before opening American Rivers Conference against Central on Dec. 4 in Pella.

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