• 2019-20 Ranking: 2nd
  • 2019-20 Record: 9-0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 1990
  • NCAA Sweet 16: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 1990
  • NCAA Elite Eight: 2014
  • UAA Championships: 2019, 2016, 2015, 2013, 1990, 1989

Emory Men's Basketball Wins At Berry

Emory Men's Basketball Wins At Berry

Juniors Romin Williams and Matt Schner combined for 48 points in leading the Emory men's basketball team to a Tuesday evening win at Berry College.  The No. 6-ranked Eagles raised their record to 2-0 following a 99-85 triumph over the Vikings who slipped to 1-1.

Williams topped all players with 27 points, 17 coming in the second half, ending the night nine-of-19 from floor, including five-of-12 from three-point range, and four-of-five from the charity stripe. Schner converted five-of-nine of his field goal tries, went a perfect four-of-four from beyond the arc and sank seven of his 10 opportunities from the foul line en route to a 21-point night.  The Williams and Schner combo were part of a balanced scoring attack that saw six players crack double figures.

Emory used a strong offensive effort during the final 20 minutes, hitting 58 percent (18-of-31) of its field goal attempts and 64.2 percent (9-of-14) from distance in posting a 51-39 scoring advantage over the Vikings.  Williams was successful on five of his eight three pointers in the second half and six of 10 overall from the floor.

Holding a 61-59 lead early in the second stanza, Emory rattled off a 14-5 burst that saw Williams knock down a triple and junior Lawrence Rowley hit a couple of buckets to move to an 11-point cushion with 11:34 on the clock.  The Vikings regrouped and scored the game's next eight points, six via a pair of three-pointers by DJ Estes, to claw back to within a 75-72 margin.  Emory responded with a 12-2 charge, started by a Williams' trey and fueled by five points from sophomore Clay Washburn to bolt to an 87-74 bulge with 7:30 left.  Berry then ran off seven unanswered points before back-to-back treys by Williams and Matt Davet pushed Emory back to a 13-point lead with just under four minutes on the clock.

For the game, Emory outshot Berry from the floor, 54.2 percent (32-of-59) to 51.7 percent (30-of-58), and was successful on 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from distance compared to the Vikings' mark of 36.4 percent (8-of-22).   The Eagles enjoyed a 35-29 advantage in the rebounding department with Schner pulling down a team-high seven boards.  Davet chipped in 17 points, converting five-of-seven from the floor, three-of-four from beyond the arc, while Rowley added 13 points, nine coming in the second half. Washburn and junior Nick Stuck rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 and 10 points, respectively, with Stuck dishing out seven assists and registering three steals

Behind 15 points from Schner and 10 from Williams, Emory held a 48-46 edge at the break. The Eagles trailed by a 41-36 margin with 4:29 left in the stanza after a three-pointer by the Vikings' Dawson Wehunt, but closed the half on a 12-5 spurt, with Williams and Rowley each picking up four points in that stretch.  Emory shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the floor during the opening 20 minutes while Berry turned in a mark of 54.5 percent (18-of-33).  Both squads hit four triples, but Emory held a wide edge at the charity stripe, sinking 16-of-20 compared to BC's six-of-10.  Berry got out of the blocks quickly, racing to a 12-4 edge just three minutes into the contest before an 11-0 Eagle surge, keyed by a pair of three-pointers by Schner gave it a 15-12 lead.  A layup by Rowley kept Emory ahead by a three-point margin, 21-18, but a 10-2 Berry run allowed it re-claim the lead at 28-23 with nine minutes left.

Emory returns to action next Wednesday (Nov. 20) when it hosts Sewanee in a 7:00 pm start.