Washington (Mo.) overcomes slew of turnovers as Bears fend off Emory
ST. LOUIS -- No. 20 Washington (Mo.) limited Emory to a season-low point total in a 68-65 victory in University Athletic Association (UAA) play Friday at the WU Field House.
Junior Alan Aboona had 16 points and four assists to lead all scorers, while sophomore Nick Burt (12 points), senior Ben Hoener (10 points) and junior Chris Klimek (10 points) also scored in double figures. Washington outrebounded Emory 45-33, but committed 23 turnovers in the victory. Senior Robert Burnett added six points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Bears.
Emory, who entered the contest ranked first in the UAA and averaging 82.7 points per game, shot 35.8 percent (24-for-67) from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. McPherson Moore had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Emory, while Michael Freidberg added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Washington struggled to take care of the ball early in the contest, and at one point turned the ball over on eight consecutive possessions as Emory held a 12-6 lead with 11:21 remaining in the first half. The Eagles took their largest lead of the half at 23-12 with 8:15 to play after a lay-up by Alex Greven. Emory scored 12 of its 23 points off Washington turnovers.
A lay-up by Burnett and a 3-pointer by Aboona cut the lead to six at 23-17, but Emory built the lead back to nine. Burnett scored on a put-back and a fast break lay-up by sophomore Matt Palucki cut the advantage to five at 28-23 with 4:03 to play. After a full timeout by Emory with 3:33 remaining, the Bears ended the half on a 7-0 run with all seven points coming off the bench to trail 31-30 at intermission. Junior Kevin Bischoff had five of the last seven points for the Bears.
Washington outrebounded Emory 23-15, but was hampered by 14 turnovers in the opening half resulting in a 12-4 advantage in points off turnovers for the Eagles. The Bears had nine players score in the first half and shot 50 percent (12 of 24) from the field.
The Bears opened the second half on a 9-2 run to jump out in front by six, and led 41-37 with 14:57 remaining after a 30-second timeout by Emory. Jake Davis and Alex Foster nailed back-to-back 3-pointers out of the timeout to give Emory the 43-41 lead, but the Bears responded with an 8-0 run on six points by Aboona to make it 49-43, forcing a timeout by Emory.
Emory (14-6, 6-4 UAA) got the lead down to one at 52-51 with 6:42 to play, but a pair of lay-ups by Hoener and Burt quickly pushed the lead to 56-51. Burt hit a jumper and added a lay-up to make it 60-53 forcing another timeout by Emory.
The Eagles trimmed the lead to three on a lay-up by Greven with 37 seconds to play. After a timeout by Washington, Michael Florin stole the ball from Aboona to give the Eagles a final chance. After Emory called its fifth timeout of the second half, Florin’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark. The Eagles were 6 of 20 from 3-point range in the loss, including 4 of 15 in the second half.