Emory Men's Basketball Defeats Carnegie Mellon
Emory senior Daniel Curtin scored a season-high 24 points to lead three double-figure scorers this evening in helping the Eagles to a win at home against Carnegie Mellon University. The Eagles raised their overall record to 8-4, 1-1 in University Athletic Association action, following an 80-67 triumph over the Tartans who slipped to 4-6 (0-1 UAA).
Emory shot a solid 48.1 percent from the floor (26-of-54) including 45 percent from three-point range (9-of-20). The Eagles were sharp from the foul line as well, sinking 76.0 percent (19-of-26) from the stripe. CMU ended the evening hitting 38.1 percent of its field goal attempts (24-of-63). Emory finished with a 36-33 margin on the glass and was led in that department by senior Chad Hixon who snatched 12 boards, his third double-figure effort in that category this year.
Curtin ended the night hitting eight-of-11 from the floor, including five-of-seven from beyond the arc, in registering his second performance of 20 or more points this season. Aiding in the win was senior Anthony Fernandez who checked in with a season-high 15 points on the strength of seven-of-10 field goal shooting. Sophomore guard Austin Claunch chipped in 12 points and five assists.
Emory got off to a blistering start, knocking down 14 of its first 24 field goal opportunities in racing to a 35-20 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. Curtin played a vital role in that stretch picking up 14 points, converting five of his first six field goal tries including four-of-five from three-point range. Curtin totaled 16 points during the opening 20 minutes of play as Emory built a 41-28 edge at the intermission.
Emory led by 15 points, 47-32, with 17:37 left on the clock following a basket by Fernandez, but the Tartans put on a determined rally with a 20-8 run that cut the Eagles' margin to three points, 55-52, with 10:35 on the clock. Emory then regrouped and rattled off the game's next nine points, with Fernandez scoring the first four, and reclaimed control of the contest, 64-52, with 7:04 remaining. The lead would stay in double digits for the remainder of the evening as the Eagles raised their record at the Woodruff PE Center to 4-2 this year.
The Eagles return to action on Sunday (Jan. 10) with a home game against Case Western starting at noon.