No. 23 Emory slips by No. 16 NYU
Claunch leads Eagles charge with game-high 18 points in victory
ATLANTA -- Senior Austin Claunch's drive to the basket and subsequent score with 18 seconds left proved to be the winning bucket as No. 23 Emory came away with an intense victory against New York University on Friday evening. The Eagles raised their record to 17-4 overall, 6-4 in the University Athletic Association, following a 73-70 decision against the No. 16 Violets who slipped to 18-3, 7-3 in the league.
Claunch's dramatic bucket gave the Eagles a 71-70 lead and wiped out a four-point deficit that they faced with 38 seconds left. A three-pointer by junior Alex Greven with 30 ticks on the clock cut the deficit to one point before a NYU turnover eight seconds later set the stage for Claunch's heroics.
The Violets turned the ball over on their ensuing possession and fouled Claunch, who calmly sank a pair from the stripe pushing Emory's lead to 73-70. A three-point shot attempt by the Violets Kyle Stockmal missed the mark giving the Eagles the win.
Juniors Alex Greven and Michael Friedberg each picked up 14 points to aid in the win while sophomore Jake Davis rounded out Emory's double-figure scorers with 11 points. Junior Nash Oh played a key role in the decision, picking up eight points along with dishing out a pair of assists.
NYU outshot Emory, hitting 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field compared to the Eagles' mark of 38.3 percent (23-of-60). Emory did connect on 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from three-point range, with six different players hitting triples, while the Violets sank eight-of-18 attempts.
Andy Stein led NYU in scoring with 17 points. The Eagles finished with a slight 37-35 advantage in the rebounding department with Davis pacing the team in that category with six caroms.
In a closely played first half that saw five ties and nine lead changes, Emory took a 36-34 lead into halftime. Friedberg scored 10 points for Emory during the opening stanza while Davis chipped in eight points. While the Eagles hit just 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from the floor in the first half, they managed to convert six-of-11 from beyond the arc and hit eight-of-10 from the charity stripe.
NYU scored the first five points of the second half to claim a three-point lead but Emory posted an 10-2 scoring spurt, with Oh and Claunch sinking triples in that stretch, to take a 46-41 edge with 15:19. NYU fought back to tie the game at 48-48 and eventually took a three-point edge with 10:34 left following a three-point shot by Max Wein.
A three-pointer by Oh pushed Emory ahead by two points with 6:24 on the clock but a bucket by Stein with 4:57 tied the affair at 59-59. A pair of foul shots by senior Alex Gulotta with 4:20 left put Emory up by a 62-59 count but a three-pointer by the Violets Carl Yaffe tied the game with 2:29 remaining.
Two free throws by both Claunch and Greven gave the Eagles a 66-62 advanatge but back-to-back three-pointers by Wein and Stein, followed by two free throws by Kyle Stockmal, enabled the visitors to claim a four-point margin, 70-66, setting the stage for the wild ending.