Emory uses second-half surge to take down No. 19 Brandeis 69-55
Junior Jake Davis led all players with 18 points and Emory used a strong second half to come away with a 69-55 victory against No. 19 Brandeis on Friday. The Eagles captured their fourth consecutive contest and raised their overall record to 12-4, 4-2 in the University Athletic Association while the Judges slipped to 14-3 overall, 5-1 in the league.
The Eagles upped their home record to 6-2 on the year thanks to a strong second half that saw them convert 51.6 percent of their field goal attempts en route to outpointing the Judges by a 40-29 count during the final 20 minutes. For the game, Emory registered a 46.7 percent showing (28 of 60) from the floor versus 38.8 percent (19 of 49) for Brandeis. Emory held a 33-32 edge in rebounding led by senior Alex Greven, who grabbed six boards to go along with 14 points. Classmate Michael Friedberg rounded out the squad's double-digit scorers with 15 points, sinking seven of 12 of his field goal opportunities including his lone 3-point attempt.
Holding a 31-30 lead early in the second half, Emory rattled off a 9-2 burst with Friedberg scoring four points and sophomore Alex Foster capping it off with a 3-pointer to race to a 40-32 advantage with 14:52 on the clock. The Judges battled back and scored eight unanswered points in a 77-second span to deadlock the game at 40. A three-point play by Emory sophomore Michael Florin started a 10-2 Emory charge that saw Friedberg account for the final five points on a 3-pointer and a layup that enabled the home squad to reclaim control of the contest 50-42 with 11:29 left.
After a basket by BU's Gabriel Morton drew it to within six, Emory held the Judges scoreless for the next 6:10 and used a 12-0 barrage to stake itself to an 18-point margin at 62-44. Florin, who scored all nine of his points during the second half, scored six points in that stretch, while Greven added four points.
Emory got out of the blocks slowly, hitting just five of its first 17 field goals to fall behind by an 18-10 count with 8:10 left in the first half. However, the Eagles regrouped and ran off an 11-1 spurt, with Davis scoring five points to claim a 21-19 advantage with 4:44 remaining. The Judges then answered with a 7-0 charge with Ben Bartoldus scoring back-to-back buckets to go up by a 26-21 count with 3:15 on the clock. The Eagles then countered by scoring the final eight points of the stanza to stake themselves to a 29-26 lead at the break. Davis scored a dozen points to lead Emory while Greven added seven points.