Emory Men's Basketball Topped By No. 3-Ranked Washington University
The Emory men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Washington University squad Sunday afternoon as the Eagles dropped a road decision to the No. 3-ranked Bears. Emory saw its overall record fall to 13-7, 5-4 in the University Athletic Association as it fell by an 83-69 margin to Wash U. who upped its overall slate to 17-3, 8-1 in the league.
The host Bears ended the contest shooting 54.7 percent from the field (29-of-53) while Emory checked in at 45.6 percent (26-of-57). Both teams finished over 40 percent from three-point range with Wash U. sinking 43.5 percent (10-of-23) and the Eagles 40.9 percent (9-of-22). The host club converted 15-of-22 from the charity stripe while Emory was successful on all eight of its opportunities. The Eagles were outrebounded by a 36-21 count.
Wash U got out of the blocks quickly, sinking eight of its first 12 field goal attempts, while the Eagles converted just two-of-11, in claiming a 19-5 edge with 11:36 left in the first half. A 14-9 run by Emory, keyed by a pair of three-point field goals by Austin Claunch, kept it in the contest, trailing by a 28-19 score with 4:55 remaining. The Bears would go into halftime with a 39-26 advantage, hitting 53.8 percent from the floor (14-of-26) while Emory was successful on 32.1 percent (9-of-28). Daniel Curtin and Claunch totaled 10 and eight points, respectively, to pace the team's point production during the opening 20 minutes of play while Cameron Smith of Wash U notched 12 first-half points.
Emory's attempt to make inroads into the 13-point obstacle was stymied by a Wash U 12-2 run that opened the second half, upping its lead to 51-28 with 14:28 on the clock. The Bears maintained a cushion of 20 or more points for most of the next 10 minutes and eventually built a 28-point lead with 5:41 on the clock. With a number of reserves from both teams on the floor, Emory rattled off a 13-0 run over a 3:19 stretch to cut the Bears advantage to 80-66 late in the game.
Claunch led the Emory scoring attack with 13 points, hitting five-of-nine from the field including three-of-five from three-point range. Curtin was the club's other double-figure scorer with 12 points, going five-of-10 from the floor including two-of-three from distance.
Spencer Gay of Wash U. led all players with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Emory returns to action on Friday (Feb. 12) when it plays at Carnegie Mellon University.