ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Senior Dylan Richter poured in a career-high 33 points on nine 3-pointers to lead Washington-St. Louis to a 99-88 upset win against No. 4 Emory on Sunday .
Richter connected on 9-of-13 3-pointers in the victory, and raised his career point total to 981. He is 19 points shy of becoming the 20th players in school history to record 1,000 or more points. Freshman Matt Palucki recorded his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Chris Klimek added 15 points and eight rebounds in the win.
Austin Claunch had the hot hand early on Emory with eight points, and his second 3-pointer of the half gave the Eagles a 20-12 with 12:25 to play. After a timeout by Washington U. head coach Mark Edwards, the Bears answered with a 25-4 run to grab a double-digit lead at 37-24.
Richter had 15 points during the first-half run by Washington U., including four conseuctive 3-pointers that were assisted by sophomore Alan Aboona. Emory trimmed the lead to 37-30 with 2:07 to play, but a pair of free throws by Richter and seven consecutive points by freshman Matt Palucki in the final 91 seconds gave Washington-St. Louis the 46-33 lead at half.
Richter led all scorers with 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, as Washington U. shot 50 percent (18-36) from the field in the opening half. Aboona diced up the Emory defense with 10 assists in the first half of play.
Richter continued his offensive surge with a pair of 3-pointers in the opening three minutes of the second half to keep the lead in double figures. He buried his third triple of the half with 14:26 to play to extend the lead to 61-46. Palucki scored on a layup and then a 3-pointer by junior Ben Hoener gave Washington U. its largest lead of the game (68-50) with 11:43 to play.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|Washington-St. Louis 99, No. 4 Emory 88|
|No. 12 Birmingham Southern 73, Hendrix 64|
|No. 17 NYU 89, Case Western 80|
Emory, who was swept on the Midwest trip after achieving its highest ranking in school history, trimmed the advantage to five (82-77) with 3:32 remaining after back-to-back 3-pointers from Austin Claunch and Jake Davis. That would be as close as the Eagles would get, as a pair of free throws and a bucket from Palucki got the lead back to nine. Washington U. hit 15-of-24 free throws in the final 3:14 of the game.
Claunch (23 points, nine assists), Davis (16 points), Friedberg (15 points) and Alex Greven (13 points) all scored in double figures for Emory, which dropped its overall record to 15-3, 4-3 in conference play. The Eagles shot 43.3 percent from the field and hit 13 3-pointers in the loss.
Washington U. shot 51.7 percent (31-60) from the field and hit a season-high 11 3-pointers and 26 free throws in the victory. Aboona finished with a career-high 12 assists and just one turnover, as Washington U. had 24 assists and outrebounded Emory 52-31.