Emory Men's Basketball Tops Wash U -- Runs Win Streak To Four
Senior Julien Williams and junior Austin Claunch each scored 18
points and the Emory men’s basketball team knocked down a
dozen three-point field goals Friday evening as it earned a win
over Washington University. The Eagles recorded their fourth
straight triumph and raised their overall record to 17-4, 8-2 in
the University Athletic Association following a decisive 92-67
victory over the Bears who slipped to 11-10, 5-5 in the
league. Emory’s victory total is the second highest in
Williams sank seven-of-eight from the floor and converted all three of his three-point field goal attempts in tying his season high in points. Claunch registered eight field goals and tied the school record in the second straight game and third time this season with 12 assists. In the process, he established a school mark for most assists in a season with 157, bettering his previous standard of 151 that he set during the 2009-10 campaign. The 5-foot-9 Claunch also grabbed a team-high six rebounds, the second straight game he topped the team in that department, and registered three steals. Rounding out the team’s double-digit scorers were junior Alex Gulotta, who upped his three-point field goal streak to 33 games, with 15 points, and sophomore Alex Greven with 12 points.
Emory shot 50.7 percent from the floor (34-of-67), the third straight game that it had reached or surpassed that mark, including 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from beyond the arc. Emory has registered 10 or more triples in nine games this year and is shooting 47.2 percent (34-of-72) from distance in the last three games. The Eagles were successful on 12-of-13 from the charity stripe and finished with a 36-31 edge in rebounding.
Behind Claunch’s 13 points and sophomore Michael Friedberg’s eight points, Emory shot 50 percent (19-of-38) during the opening half, and used six three pointers in bolting to a 48-30 halftime lead, its second-largest halftime of the year and biggest in UAA action. Emory led by an 18-14 count with 14:19 left in the stanza before going a 16-2 blitz, capped by a triple by Claunch, in a little less than four minutes to take a commanding 34-16 advantage. Emory hit six-of-10 shots in that stretch and knocked down four treys with Gulotta, Greven, junior Justin Resnick and Claunch accounting for those.
Williams helped keep the Eagles ahead of the visitors from Saint Louis with back-to-back three pointers early in the second half which aided in a 20-point cushion with 15:43 left. WU then scored six straight points to cut the deficit to 14 points, 60-46, with 14:12 remaining, however, that was as close as the Bears would get as Emory regrouped to post a 21-point edge with 7:56 on the clock following three free throws by Gulotta. The Eagles eventually would lead by as many as 27 in the waning seconds of the game.
Emory, now 11-1 at home this season and winners in its last seven affairs at the Woodruff PE Center, returns to action on Sunday when it plays host to Chicago in a noon tip.