The trio of Jake Davis, McPherson Moore and Alex Greven combined for 60 points in sparking the Emory men's basketball team to a victory at Carnegie Mellon Sunday afternoon. The Eagles captured their third straight contest and raised their overall record to 11-4, 3-2 in the University Athletic Association, following a 95-70 decision over the Tartans who slipped to 3-13 overall, 0-5 in the league.
Davis sank a season-high tying 10 field goals in 19 attempts, including a pair of three-point field goals, en route to posting a game-high 22 points, his 38th straight contest of double digits. Both Greven and Moore added 19 points in the victory with Greven converting seven-of-12 from the floor, three-of-six from beyond the arc, while Moore was successful on six of his 12 field goal tries that saw him drain three-of-five from distance. In addition, Moore knocked down all four of his free throw attempts, running his streak to 31 straight makes at the stripe, tying the fourth longest effort in school annals. Sophomore Alex Foster rounded out the team's double-figure scorers with 11 points, hitting all three from three-point range in finishing with a four-of-five effort from the floor.
Emory ended the contest shooting 48.6 percent (35-of-72) from the field, including 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from beyond the arc. The Eagles' 13 triples represented their second-highest total of the campaign and the third time they had reached double figures in that department. CMU concluded the afternoon with a 42.3 percent showing (25-of-59) from the floor and hit 40 percent (10-of-25) from downtown. Emory finished with a 42-33 advantage in rebounding was paced in that department by Greven's eight boards.
With Davis, Greven and Moore totaling 41 points between them, the Eagles took a 52-37 edge into halftime (fifth time they had scored 50 or more points in a half this year). Emory displayed a deadly shooting touch during the opening 20 minutes of play, hitting 56.7 percent (21-of-37) of its field goal attempts including 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from beyond the arc. Emory wasted little time getting its offense into high gear, sinking nine of its first 12 shot attempts, including three triples, in bolting out to a 23-12 lead with 13:00 left in the half. Moore and Greven each scored eight points in the hot start while Davis added four points. A 7-0 Eagle run, highlighted by a three pointer by Davis, extended a seven-point Emory advantage into a 13-point cushion, 36-23 with 7:04 on the clock. After Carnegie scored four unanswered points, the Eagles rattled off an 11-4 burst, six points coming from Davis, to claim a 47-31 margin with 2:35 remaining in the stanza. Greven totaled 16 points during the opening half, hitting six-of-10 from the floor including a pair of treys. Davis and Moore totaled 15 and 11 points, respectively, with Davis converting seven of his 11 field goal attempts while Moore was successful on four-of-six from the floor including three treys.
The Tartans scored the first six points on the second half to draw to within nine points, but the Eagles responded with a 19-6 charge, with Moore scoring seven and Davis five points, respectively, pushing their lead to 71-49 with 13:28 left in the game. A subsequent 7-0 Tartans' run reduced their deficit to 15 points, but Emory ended any comeback bid by recording 11 of the game's next 13 points with five different players scoring including a three pointer by Greven.
Emory returns to action on Friday (Jan. 25) when it plays host to Brandeis University.