ATLANTA — No. 5 Emory continued to roll through its non-conference schedule on Saturday, using a trio of 20-point scorers in a win against Guilford. The Eagles improved to 10-0 following a 96-84 victory against the Quakers who fell to 8-4.
Junior Michael Friedberg led the Emory charge scoring a career-high 26 points, going 8-11 from the floor including 4-5 from 3-point range. Friedberg also led all players with eight rebounds and blocked three shots, his fifth consecutive outing with two or more rejections.
Senior guard Austin Claunch had a memorable afternoon, finishing with 23 points en route to becoming just the 10th player in school history to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. He sank seven of eight field goals and shot the same from the foul line.
Sophomore Jake Davis rounded out the group with 20 points, going 8-11 from the floor, including 2-4 from beyond the arc. Senior Alex Gulotta closed out the squad’s double-figure scorers with 12 points.
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Emory ended the game shooting an even 50 percent (31-62) percent from the floor, the fourth time this season it has reached that mark.
The Quakers finished with a 42-36 edge on the glass. Both teams combined for 23 3-point field goals with Emory sinking 13 of 34 tries while Guilford knocked down 10 of 18.
It’s the seventh time this season that the Eagles have drained 10 or more triples in a contest, and they have won their last 16 contests when totaling 10 or more threes in a game.
Emory’s offense was on fire during the opening half, going 57 percent (20-35) from the floor, including an impressive 45 percent (9-20) from 3-point range, in building a 59-37 lead at halftime.
The Eagles used a number of scoring runs during the opening stanza that led to the 22-point lead; the first being a 10-0 burst that gave them a 21-10 with 12:16 left.
Claunch hit back-to-buckets to start the spree and Davis followed with two consecutive baskets. Friedberg then closed out that run with a pair of free throws.
Holding a 25-17 edge, Gulotta accounted all of Emory’s points in a 55-second, 8-0 run that moved its advantage to 33-17. After the Quakers whittled the deficit to 11 points, Emory closed out the final 3:23 of the half on a 14-3 run.
Friedberg and junior Alex Greven did all the damage for Emory in that stretch with the pair combining for four treys, three coming from Friedberg who would close out the half with 20 points.
In the second half, Claunch and Davis each scored 11 points to help Emory keep its lead at a healthy margin. Davis tallied seven points and Claunch five over a 2:10 stretch that helped the Eagles to a 74-51 margin.
A 3-pointer by GC’s Josh Pittman, who would register 20 points on the day, drew the Quakers to within 13 points with 5:02 left. A basket by Friedberg followed by one from Claunch ended any hopes of a Quaker comeback.