Emory stuns No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point in overtime to advance
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Senior Jake Davis scored a team-high 26 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with five seconds left in overtime that snapped a tie game, in leading Emory to a stunning victory at No. 1-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday evening in a Round of 16 game in the NCAA DIII tournament. The Eagles kept their season alive and raised their overall record to 19-8 with a 76-73 decision against the Pointers who closed out their season at 28-2.
After a bucket by the Pointers' Tyler Tillema with 29 seconds left in the extra period knotted the score at 73-73, Davis took a feed from junior Michael Florin and calmly knocked down the winning bucket. A last-ditch three-point attempt by UWSP missed the mark, sending Emory to the program's first-ever Round of Eight appearance.
Davis's clinching shot wasn't his only big bucket of the game. Emory trailed by a 64-61 count with 47 seconds left in regulation after the Pointers' Trevor Haas drilled a triple. Following a timeout, Davis hit a trey that tied the score at 64-64 with 21 ticks on the clock. UWSP had a chance to win the game but Haas saw a three-point attempt go in and out of the basket, forcing the extra session. Davis wound up the night sinking 10-of-18 from the field, three-of-seven from beyond the arc, and all three of his free throw opportunities in posting his 16th outing of 20 or more points this year. In addition, Davis moved closer to the school's all-time scoring record with his performance this evening upping his career total to 1,856 points, just 19 from tying Tim Garrett's (1986-90) standard of 1,875.
Emory had to battle back in the second half to force the overtime after a 12-4 UWSP spurt put it ahead by a 55-47 margin with 8:16 remaining. The Eagles still faced an eight-point obstacle with 6:32 on the clock, but quickly erased the Pointers' cushion with an 8-0 charge, started with a three pointer by sophomore Davis Rao and followed by a trey by junior Alex Foster, followed by a pair of makes by Foster at the stripe. UWSP used a pair of free throws by Clayton Heuer to take a two-point lead, but a bucket by Foster tied things up at 61-61 that set the stage for the dramatic end to regulation.
In addition to the 26 points from Davis, Foster came up big with 20 points, his eighth consecutive and 14th double-figure scoring effort of the season. Foster connected on eight-of-14 from the floor, including a pair of triples in notching his third contest of 20 or more points. Junior Josh Schattie rounded out the team's double-figure scorers with 12 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
The first half was intense from the outset with the teams battling to a 28-28 draw heading into halftime. Schattie paced the Emory offense effort, hitting all four of his field goal attempts en route to a 10-point stanza. Davis, hampered by a pair of early fouls, logged 10 minutes of action and finished with six points. Holding an 18-17 lead, the Eagles went on an 8-2 spurt, with Schattie scoring four points in that stretch, to take a 26-19 lead with 4:10 on the clock. However, UWSP countered with nine unanswered points, six coming from senior Tyler Tillema, to take a 28-26 advantage. A pair of charity tosses by Schattie with 1:38 remaining would close out the scoring for the half. Tillema would lead all players with 16 first-half points, sinking six-of-nine field goal attempts and four free throws in five tries. Both teams shot 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the field while the Pointers held a 15-8 edge on the glass.