Aboona's 35-point outburst helps No. 12 Washington (Mo.) rally past Emory
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Junior guard Alan Aboona set a University Athletic Association (UAA) single-game record with 10 3-pointers, including the game-winner with nine seconds left to lead No. 12 Washington (Mo.) to an 86-84 win on the road against Emory on Friday.
Aboona hit his first nine 3-pointers and finished 10 of 11 from beyond the arc to break the previous UAA single-game record for 3-pointers of nine set in 2000, 2001 and 2012. His nine threes in a row also broke the Washington record for consecutive 3-pointers of seven set by Gene Nolan during the 1993-94 season.
Emory built a 13-point lead with 8:33 remaining in the second half. A pair of baskets by sophomore forward Matt Palucki cut the deficit to single digits, but a pair of free throws gave Emory a 79-68 lead with 6:17 to play.
The Bears answered with a 15-1 run, including a pair of 3-pointers and a three-point play by Aboona, during the next 4:39 to take their first lead of the game.
The Eagles scored the next four points of the game to regain the lead with 20 seconds remaining. After Emory called a timeout, Washington pushed the ball up the court and Aboona made a step-back 3-pointer with nine seconds left to give the Bears the lead for good.
Emory led throughout the first half, building a 29-21 lead with nine minutes left in the half. Aboona hit back-to-back 3-pointers to bring Washington to within two. A 3-pointer by Emory gave the Eagles a 47-41 lead with 2:24 left in the half, but Aboona again hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game with 1:11 left in the half.
A second-chance basket just before the buzzer gave Emory a 49-47 lead at halftime.
Washington shot 49.3 percent (33-for-67) from the field in the game, including 12 of 19 (63.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Emory finished with 50 percent (30-for-60) shooting from field, including 10 of 18 (55.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Bears outrebounded Emory 40-32, including a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
Aboona led all scorers in the game with a career-high 35 points on 12-for-16 shooting from the field to go with his four rebounds and three assists. His 35 points was the highest individual scoring performance for the Bears since Troy Ruths also scored 35 on Dec. 15, 2007, against Coe.
Junior forward Chris Klimek added 21 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals for the Bears. Palucki also finished in double figures with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while junior guard Kevin Bischoff and sophomore forward Nick Burt added eight points each. Bischoff also dished out a team-high four assists in the winning effort.