NYU dominates No. 4 Emory
Violets’ Tana scores 15 points and plays ironclad defense
NEW YORK -- New York University picked up its first University Athletic Association win of the season in dominating fashion, defeating No. 4 Emory 89-73 on Friday.
The Eagles (12-1, 1-1) entered the game as one of only seven remaining unbeaten teams, but the Violets (11-1, 1-1) handed them their first loss with outstanding performance at both ends of the floor. Five Violets scored in double figures, led by Carl Yaffe's 24, as the team converted a season-high 28 free throws.
Defensively, NYU held Emory to just 8-27 (29 percent) shooting from beyond the arc and 26-70 (37 percent) from the field.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Middlebury 72, Conn.-College 56|
|NYU 89, No. 4 Emory 73|
|No. 5 Amherst 85, Hamilton 68|
|Wesleyan 66, No. 12 Williams 43|
|No. 19 Birmingham-SW 81, Southwestern 62|
|Brockport St. 94, No. 21 Buffalo St. 70|
|No. 22 Oswego St. 84, New Paltz 62|
Ryan Tana had a breakout game on offense and defense for the Violets. He scored a career-high 15 points on 5-8 shooting and dished out five assists with just one turnover. On defense, Tana had a career-high four steals and helped hold All-American Austin Claunch to just 5-19 from the field with seven turnovers.
Andy Stein and Ben Dorman scored most of the early baskets, combining for 15 of NYU's first 22 points to help the team take a 22-12 lead midway through the first half. After Emory pulled to within seven, the Violets went on a 12-2 run.
The Eagles responded with a run of their own to end the half, closing the period on a 13-3 spurt to enter the locker room trailing by just seven, 41-34.
A slew of buckets from Yaffe helped the Violets pull back ahead and take a 73-53 lead with 7:18 to play in the game. Emory got as close as nine with 3:31 left, but NYU held off the comeback as Tana drew two charges and took a steal coast-to-coast for an easy layup to help seal the victory.
Joining Yaffe and Tana in double figures were Stein (14 points), Kyle Stockmal (14 points) and Dorman (10 points). Stockmal also had six rebounds and four assists, while Stein had six boards and three assists. Devin Karch contributed to the defensive effort with three blocks.
Jake Davis led the Eagles with 24 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 5:33 to play. Michael Friedberg had 17 points, six boards and three blocks, while Alex Greven had 10 points and six rebounds.