No. 8 Emory takes down Case
Claunch tallies 24 points, eight rebounds to power Eagles
ATLANTA -- Austin Claunch and scored a game-high 24 points on Sunday afternoon, leading No. 8 Emory to a victory against Case Western Reserve in University Athletic Association action. The Eagles raised their overall record to 15-1 (4-1 UAA) with a 70-59 win, while the Spartans slipped to 8-8 overall, 0-5 in the league.
Claunch ended the afternoon going 10-16 from the floor along with three free throws en route to his seventh 20-point performance. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, dished out six assists and came up with four steals. Alex Greven and Jake Davis rounded out the squad's double-digit scorers with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Emory concluded the contest sinking 43 percent (25-57) of its field goal attempts compared to CWRU's 39 percent (25-63). The Eagles converted six of 17 opportunities from beyond the arc while the Spartans connected on just two of 15 tries.
Case did post a 39-34 edge on the glass with Austin Fowler pacing all players with 14 boards. Tom Summers led the Case scoring attack with 15 points.
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Case led for the opening 10 minutes of the first half. A 7-0 run by Emory, started by a three-point play from Claunch, enabled the Eagles to tie the game at 19-19 with 8:16 remaining.
CWRU used a jumper by David Thompson to claim a 21-19 advantage but the Eagles bounced back with a 9-0 run, with Claunch scoring back-to-back baskets, followed by a triple from Greven and a bucket by Corey Spraggings to bolt to a 28-21 lead.
With Claunch scoring 16 points and Greven eight dropping eight, Emory went into halftime with a 35-29 lead.
Case was within striking distance at 43-37 with 13:30 on the clock before seven unanswered points by the Eagles upped their lead to 13 points, 50-37. Davis started the run with a basket followed by a bucket from Claunch.
Nash Oh closed out the run with 3-pointer. A three-point play by Davis with 8:33 remaining extended Emory's cushion to 15 points, and the closest Case would get was 11 points.
The wins was Emory's seventh consecutive at home this year and extended its home court winning streak to 16 games.