MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Senior guard Austin Claunch scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half in sparking Emory to a win on the road Sunday against Maryville College. The 13th-ranked Eagles boosted their overall record to 5-0 following a 75-61 victory against the Scots who fell to 3-2.
Emory posted a 46.3 percent (25-of-54) mark from the field compared to Maryville’s effort of 39.1 percent (25-of-64). The Eagles heated up considerably over the final 20 minutes of action, knocking down 56.5 percent (13-of-23) of their field goal tries with Claunch playing a big role in that by sinking seven-of-eight from the floor including both of his three-point field goal opportunities. Three-point shooting was pivotal in the outcome with Emory draining eight from beyond the arc, three by senior Justin Resnick, while Maryville finished with two triples.
Sophomore Jake Davis picked up 15 points and five rebounds for Emory while Resnick rounded out the Eagle’s double-digit scorers with 11 points. Resnick also totaled a team-high eight rebounds while freshman guard Michael Florin was credited with seven boards.
Holding a six-point lead early in the second half, the Eagles went on a 10-1 scoring run with Davis and Claunch scoring six and four points, respectively, to speed to a 43-28 advantage with 15:30 left in the contest. A three-pointer by Claunch with 13:04 remaining kept the Eagles ahead by a 15-point cushion at 49-34 before Maryville responded with a 9-2 charge that cut Emory’s edge to eight points with 10:42 remaining. The Eagles regrouped and scored nine of the game’s next 12 points, capped by a three-pointer by Resnick, to reclaim control of the contest 60-46 with 7:14 left. The Scots made one last comeback attempt with a 14-7 spurt, with Milton Stanley accounting for five of his team-high 18 points in that stretch, to pull to within seven with 3:21 left on the clock. Emory then iced the game with Claunch scoring four points and Florin hitting a trey as part of an 8-1 run that closed out the game.
Both teams struggled to find the bucket in the first half as Emory connected on 38.7 percent (12-of-31) and Maryville 34.4 percent (11-of-32) from the floor. The Eagles were successful on just three-of-15 from distance while the Scots hit one of their six attempts. After a basket by MC’s Wes Lambert put the home squad up by a 17-15 count a little past the midway point of the first stanza, the Eagles held the Scots scoreless for five minutes while going on an 8-0 run to take 23-17 lead. After Maryville cut Emory’s lead to 23-21, the Eagles rattled off eight consecutive points, with freshman Alex Foster and Resnick hitting three pointers and Claunch a basket, to bolt to a 31-21 advantage. Emory would go into halftime with a 33-25 advantage.