Emory Men's Basketball Posts Win At Carnegie Mellon
Emory junior Julien Williams scored a career-high 21 points in sparking the Eagles' basketball squad to a win at Carnegie Mellon Friday evening. Emory snapped a three-game losing streak and boosted its overall record to 14-7, 6-4 in the University Athletic Association, following a well-earned 77-71 triumph over the Tartans who saw their record fall to 4-17, 0-10 in the league.
Williams finished the evening hitting nine-of-12 from the floor, including two-of-three from three-point range, en route to his seventh double-figure scoring effort of the year. Sophomore Austin Claunch went 11-of-11 from the free throw line and finished with 13 points, and sophomore Alex Gulotta rounded out the team's double-digit scorers with 12 points. Senior Chad Hixon led the club in rebounding for the fifth time in the last six contests with eight rebounds.
Both teams shot an identical 45.9 percent from the floor with each squad converting 28-of-61 of their field goal tries. Emory knocked seven three-point field goals, three coming from Gulotta, while the host Tartans sank three from beyond the arc.
Emory hit its first six field goal attempts of the game and raced out to a 13-8 lead. The Tartans regrouped and rattled off an 18-5 scoring run that enabled them to claim a 26-18 lead with 9:08 left in the opening half. However, the Eagles closed out the stanza on an explosive 24-8 flurry to take a 42-34 advantage at halftime. The visiting Emory team shot 54.2 percent (18-of-33) from the floor during the opening 20 minutes of action and was led in scoring by Willams with 11 points, sinking all five of his field goal attempts, while Gulotta chipped in nine points.
A basket by Williams capped a 7-2 Eagle run to open the second half, boosting their cushion to 13 points, 49-36. CMU then battled back with a 13-2 spurt that closed the gap to just two points, 51-49, with 12:06 on the clock. Holding a 59-55 edge, back-to-back baskets by senior Daniel Curtin, along with a free throw by Williams, widen Emory's margin to nine points, 64-55, with 6:38 remaining. The Tartans edged back to within five points before a key three-point shot by Hixon made the score 67-61 in Emory's favor with 3:39 on the clock. The Eagles scored their final 10 points of the night all the charity stripe with Claunch going a perfect 10-for-10 over the final 1:04 of the contest.
Emory returns to action on Sunday (Feb. 14) when it plays at Case Western Reserve in an 11:00 a.m. tip.