Basketball

Sophomore guard Romin Williams goes up for a layup during a Feb. 8 game against Washington University of St. Louis (Mo.). Williams led all scorers with 31 points and Emory defeated WashU 105-82.

The Emory’s men’s basketball team split last weekend, defeating Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) by 105-82 but losing to the University of Chicago by 114-107.

The games started on Feb. 8 when the Eagles faced off against WashU. Emory dominated the game and secured an impressive 105-82 victory. The team produced 118 shots total and displayed admirable efficiency, shooting 55.7 percent from the floor, 45.2 percent from the three-point line and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, the team totaled eight steals, four blocks and 37 rebounds. Sophomore Guard Nick Stuck dominated the boards, grabbing eight total rebounds, while sophomore  forward Lawrence Rowley secured seven.

The Eagles played the University of Chicago on Feb. 9 in a much anticipated rematch after Emory’s overtime loss last month. The game was bound to be close, but Chicago obtained a 114-107 win after a high-scoring and hard-fought match. The Eagles continued to shoot at will, putting up a total of 138 shots.

Ultimately, the game was decided on the glass. Chicago out-rebounded Emory 52-38 and ended up scoring 31 second-chance points in contrast to Emory’s 15 second-chance points. Rowley and sophomore guard Matthew Schner grabbed a combined 16 rebounds, almost half of the team’s total rebounds.

“We have to be a better rebounding team in that situation,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “Also just finishing plays and finishing the last 12 minutes of the game or the last two seconds on a shot clock. It’s something we’ve been decent at all year and now we just need to finish this last weekend on the road.”

Sophomore guard Romin Williams led in scoring for the Eagles over the weekend. Williams drained 31 points in 33 minutes of play on Friday and scored 27 points in 31 minutes of play against the University of Chicago.

“I thought we played well for a total of 60 minutes this weekend,” Williams said. “We played great against Wash[U] Friday night and had a good first half against Chicago on Sunday.”

Williams added that the team learned it needs to “finish better” in the future.

After this weekend, the Eagles stand at 17-5 overall and 8-3 within the University Athletic Association (UAA). The team, which currently ranks sixth in Division III scoring offenses, will return to the court for an away game on Feb. 15 against Case Western Reserve University (Ohio). Then, they return home for their senior day on Feb. 23.

The Emory women’s basketball team has cultivated an impressive seven-game win after defeating the Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) Bears on Feb. 8 and the University of Chicago Maroons on Feb. 10.

In Friday’s win over WashU, senior center Ashley Oldshue dropped a team-high 21 points on 10-15 shooting in only 19 minutes. Emory improved to an impressive 16-5 record led by other Eagles who also scored in double figures, including junior forward Erin Lindahl, junior guard Allison Chernow and sophomore center Blair Ripley.

Although the Bears were up 32-30 at the half, the Eagles found their footing after halftime. During the third quarter, Emory scored 26 points and held WashU to just 11. While WashU outscored Emory 23-19 in the fourth quarter, the third quarter spurt helped Emory secure the 75-66 win over the Bears.

During the 75-point outing, the Eagles converted 49.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally, Emory scored 30 points in the paint, 16 bench points, nine points off turnovers, six fastbreak points and four second-chance points. The Eagles also displayed great vision, distributing 16 assists.

Freshman guard Kennedy Cater highlighted the importance of passing the ball and working as a team.

“Moving the ball is really important when it comes to getting the best possible shot on offense and getting all teammates involved,” Cater said.

Defensively, Emory held WashU to 36.2 percent shooting from the field and 23.1 percent from the three-point line. While the Bears had difficulty scoring, they only secured eight turnovers and 10 assists. Furthermore, WashU starters Hayley Semple and Rachael Sondag were held scoreless.

After the win against WashU, Emory defeated the University of Chicago 60-57 on Feb. 10.

During the game, Oldshue dropped 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, registering her sixth double-double of the season. Additionally, Lindahl scored 20 points and extended her streak of at least one three-point field goal to 17 games, the seventh-longest in school history. With the duo’s leadership, the Eagles clinched a seven game win streak to improve to a stellar a 17-5 record. Following the win, Emory stands 8-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and ties the 1994-95 and 1997-98 squads for the second-best record through 22 games in program history.

Although the Eagles trailed 18-15 after the opening quarter, Emory opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run, claiming a 23-18 lead. The Bears retaliated, holding the Eagles scoreless for almost five minutes as the Maroons posted seven straight points to regain the lead at 25-23. Emory quickly erased that lead, going on a 6-0 run to put the Eagles up 29-25. At the end of the first half, the Eagles led the tightly contested game 29-27.

After trading baskets in the third quarter, the Eagles began the fourth quarter on a 9-4 run to take a 54-47 lead with 6:17 left on the clock. The Maroons quickly cut the lead to three points with back-to-back buckets, but Oldshue hit two free throws to help the Eagles to a 56-51 lead with 1:15 remaining. Although the Eagles held a five-point lead, Chicago’s Olariche Obi and Mia Farrell cut the deficit down to 59-57 with eight seconds left. After a made free throw from Oldshue, Emory secured a 60-57 win over the Maroons.

Offensively, Emory shot 38.2 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. Although the Eagles shot poorly, they were able to win by holding Chicago to 36.2 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the three point line. Additionally, the Eagles out-rebounded the Maroons 47-33 and blocked 14 of their shot attempts. Oldshue had six of the 14 blocks, which tied her career high.

Junior guard Lindsey Tse emphasized the importance of collaboration to win games.

“Playing together as a team has been the reason for our success and the seven-game win streak,” Tse said.

Emory returns to the court on Feb. 15 against Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) at 6 p.m.

Senior center Ashley Oldshue attempts a difficult layup during a Feb. 8 game against Washington University of St. Louis (Mo.). Oldshue finished the game with 21 points and the Eagles won 75-66.

The Emory men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to six games after defeating the Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges on Feb. 1 and the New York University (NYU) Violets on Feb. 3.

In an 88-64 win over Brandeis, sophomore forward Matt Davet and sophomore guard Nick Stuck led Emory with 20 points and 18 points, respectively. With the win, the Eagles improved their record to a stellar 15-4.

Offensively, the Eagles shot an impressive 50 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from the three-point line. Emory also scored 28 points on turnovers, 31 bench points and 40 points in the paint. Although Brandeis shot 47.4 percent from beyond the arc, the Eagles had 21 more shots and were able to outscore the Judges.

Head Coach Jason Zimmerman thought the Eagles’ work on the glass helped them stay in front of Brandeis. He also attributed the game’s quick pace to Emory’s offensive success.

“Offensive rebounds are key for second-chance points,” Zimmerman said.

Although Brandeis shot a remarkable 49 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc, the Eagles held the Judges to only 49 shots, compared to the Eagles’ 70 shots. Emory accomplished this by only giving up 23 rebounds, eight turnovers and seven points off of turnovers. Additionally, the Eagles scored 28 points off of the Judges’ 19 turnovers.

After the win against Brandeis, Emory traveled to New York and notched another win against NYU, 75-67.

Sophomore guard Matthew Schner scored a team-high 17 points and helped the Eagles improve to a 16-4 record.

Although Emory only shot 18.2 percent from the three-point line, the Eagles still played well offensively. The team shot 44.1 percent from the field and 95 percent from the free-throw line. Additionally, Emory had 36 points in the paint and 15 bench points. Zimmerman cited the Eagles’ diverse roster as a major reason why they were able to pull out the win despite the poor shooting.

“We have a lot of different weapons offensively,” Zimmerman said. “Our team is very versatile this year.”

On the defensive end, the Eagles held the Violets to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent from the the three-point line. Furthermore, NYU only had 38 rebounds, compared to Emory’s 42 rebounds. NYU also turned the ball over 12 times, which resulted in Emory gaining seven points.

“Protecting the ball and controlling the glass was a vital part of pulling out that win,” Schner said. “This game was a great test for us heading into a very big weekend home game.”

The Eagles return to action on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. against rivals Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.). This game is expected to be the game of the year.

The Emory women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five games after picking up a pair of wins against Brandeis University (Mass.) and New York University (NYU) in University Athletic Association (UAA) conference play this past weekend.

Stifling defense set the tone for the Eagles in their first contest at Brandeis on Feb. 1 as they limited the Judges to 23.6 percent from the field and a mere 15 points in the second half, which resulted in a decisive 72-42 victory. Emory’s interior defense was especially effective as they recorded a season-high of nine blocks and allowed hardly any easy baskets inside the paint. Sophomore center Blair Ripley led the way defensively with four blocks of her own to go along with nine points offensively, all within 17 minutes of action.

Ripley credits the defensive performance to the team’s preparation beforehand.

“We focused on staying locked in and paying close attention to [the individual] tendencies [of the Brandeis players],” Ripley said. “If we execute defensively, offense comes easily.”

The stellar defense was complemented by consistent offensive production from junior forward Erin Lindahl and junior guard Allison Chernow, who each scored 15 points and combined for five three-pointers. Senior guard Azzaria Jackson-Sherrod rounded off the double-digit scorers with 10 points of her own on an efficient five-of-eight from the field. Other notable contributions included junior guard Lindsey Tse’s six assists and senior Ashley Oldshue’s eight points and 11 boards.

The Eagles’ trip down to NYU on Feb. 3 proved a tougher test. Despite Emory securing a 21-point lead midway through the second quarter, NYU refused to go down without a fight and responded with a 13-0 run to shorten Emory’s lead to just eight at the half. The second half was similar to the first as the Eagles’ 19-point lead in the third quarter was once again reduced to single digits midway through the fourth. However, timely plays by the Eagles down the stretch prevented a miraculous NYU comeback and Emory was able to secure a 78-70 win.

Head Coach Misha Jackson said multiple scoring threats were vital for Emory to prevail, as the Eagles had five different double-digit scorers.

“What makes us dangerous is that someone different is showing up every night,” Jackson said.

Against NYU, “that someone” was Tse as Emory’s career leader in assists per game showed off a different dimension to her game with a team-high of 15 points to go along with eight assists. Despite limited minutes due to foul trouble, Chernow and Oldshue added a combined 23 points on seven-of-10 shooting. Lindahl and Ripley also contributed with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The victories brought Emory’s record to an impressive 15-5 overall and 6-3 in conference play, and gave the Eagles some momentum heading into key UAA matchups.

Despite earlier struggles against their next two opponents, Jackson remains confident.

“[We’re a] totally different team than the first time [we played them],” Jackson said. “We have improved tremendously throughout UAA play.”

Next weekend, the Eagles return home, looking to avenge earlier regular-season losses in heavyweight UAA clashes against Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) on Feb. 8 and the University of Chicago (Ill.) on Feb. 10.

The Emory women’s basketball team secured two home wins against the Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges on Jan. 25 and against the New York University (NYU) Violets on Jan. 27.

In the win over Brandeis, senior center Ashley Oldshue scored a career-high 30 points, and the Eagles boosted their record to 12-5, 3-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). Oldshue notched her fourth double-double of the year, scoring 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Although Brandeis took a 35-28 lead at the half, Emory erased the seven-point deficit in the third quarter by dropping 19 points and holding the Judges to only nine. After trading baskets in the fourth quarter, the Eagles obtained a 54-46 lead after junior forward Erin Lindahl led a 7-0 spurt. Lindahl played an impressive game, scoring 15 points and dishing out a career-high seven assists. While Brandeis retaliated with a basket, the Eagles went on another 7-0 run that extended their lead to 61-48 with 4:21 left on the clock. The Judges battled back, closing the lead to nine points with 1:09 left, but the Eagles prevailed, winning 70-57.  

Offensively, the Eagles shot an impressive 41.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally, Emory scored 26 points in the paint, eight fastbreak points and 10 bench points.

The Eagles’ defensive intensity was on full display as they held the Judges to 35 percent shooting from the field and 26.7 percent from the three point line. Additionally, Emory converted 25 points off of the Judges’ 12 turnovers.

Following the win against Brandeis, the Eagles recorded another home win against NYU, 70-49.

Oldshue and senior guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod combined for 29 points to lead the Eagles and bring their stellar record to 13-5.

Initially, Emory struggled to score in the first 10 minutes of the game, converting just 27.8 percent of their shots. After trailing 14-10 in the opening quarter, the Eagles regrouped, scoring 19 points while limiting the Violets to only eight. During the third quarter, the Eagles went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 40-27 with 5:11 remaining in the third. NYU went on a 7-0 run to cut Emory’s deficit to 46-40 heading into the fourth quarter. While the Violets had momentum entering the final frame, the Eagles began the quarter with their own 7-0 run. Emory continued to scorch the Violets, holding NYU scoreless for almost five minutes. Their dominant performance in the fourth quarter led to a comfortable 70-49 win.

Although the Eagles only shot 23.5 percent from the three-point line, Emory still had an impressive offensive outing. While scoring 70 points total, the Eagles shot 44.1 percent from the field, converted 22 points in the paint and scored 10 bench points. Jackson-Sherrod grabbed a season-high nine rebounds while Oldshue collected 10 rebounds of her own and recorded her fifth double-double of the season.

Emory displayed terrific defensive energy against the Violets. During the game, NYU only shot 33.9 percent from the field, converted 23.8 percent from three and committed 10 turnovers. Additionally, Oldshue blocked two shots to become Emory’s all-time leader in blocked shots. She surpassed Alicia Moore’s (98C) 104 career blocks.

The Eagles return to action on Feb. 1 when they travel to Brandeis. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Sophomore guard Nick Stuck drives to the hoop in a game against Brandeis University (Mass.) on Jan. 25./Harry Zhang, Contributing

The Emory men’s basketball team, currently the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) top-scoring team, showcased their prowess against Brandeis University (Mass.) and New York University this past week.

The Eagles’ game on Jan. 25 against Brandeis was the 12th time the team scored more than 90 points in a game this season. Emory defeated Brandeis by a score of 92-59.

Head Coach Jason Zimmerman’s balanced offensive attack dictated the pace of the game. Sophomore guard Matthew Shner and sophomore forward Matt Davet led the game with 16 points apiece. Sophomore guard Romin Williams also entered the scoring action, shooting four of 10 from the field, and contributing 12 points total to go along with the team’s 13 of 29 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.

The Eagles carried that momentum into their game on Jan. 27 against New York University (NYU), winning 97-75 and bringing their record to 14-4 overall.

While the Eagle’s offense is off to a hot start, Zimmerman believes the team’s defense isn’t far behind.

“We allowed a guy from NYU to have 37 [points], but I believe he had to work for those,” Zimmerman said. “Defensively, the attention to detail is getting better, [and] the scouting report is getting better.”

Against NYU, Williams led the team in scoring with 23 points, along with Schner’s eight rebounds and sophomore guard Nick Stuck’s eight assists. Schner was not to be outdone in scoring either, putting up 17 points to match fellow sophomore Lawrence Rowley’s point total. Sophomore forward Clay Washburn and Davet joined the double-digit scoring club that night, putting up 11 and 16 points, respectively.

Zimmerman said that while he is proud of the team’s success so far, his immediate focus is on the next game.

“More importantly than [the NCAA tournament] is Friday night,” Zimmerman said. “How are we gonna beat Brandeis on Friday night [Feb. 1]? We played very well [last] Friday here, [but] … we need to continue to grow and get better.”  

The student athletes’ workload will also increase now that spring classes are beginning to pick up. The team faces the challenge of staying focused on basketball while also keeping themselves academically successful.

“Our guys take real pride in being committed to what we’re doing and they care about Emory basketball,” Zimmerman said. “There’s that narrative we create of getting better every practice [and] every game, but it really comes from them … Everyone on the team is striving for excellence.”

The Eagles return to action on Feb. 1 when they travel to Brandeis for a rematch of their Jan. 25 game.

Erin Lindahl backs down a Carnegie Mellon player in the post in their matchup from Jan. 21./Sarah Taha, Staff

The Emory women’s basketball team put up one win and one loss in their first two home appearances of 2019.

The Eagles started the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with a painful loss to the Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) Spartans on Jan. 18, but found their wings in time to take out the Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) Tartans and earn their second UAA win of the season on Jan. 20. With the holiday behind them, the team’s record sits at 11-5 (2-3 UAA) with roughly a third of their season remaining.

Emory started its matchup against Case Western (UAA) on a weak note. After scoring the first points of the match and taking a 2-0 lead, the Eagles failed to find their footing for the rest of the game. Rebounds helped Case Western gain a sizeable 15-4 lead early, which grew to 24-8 nearing the end of the quarter. The Spartans’ momentum eventually tapered, allowing the Eagles to hold on and finish the quarter trailing 24-11.

The Eagles entered the second period ready to make the matchup competitive. The teams scored seven points combined in the first six minutes of the period. The last chunk of the quarter was evenly paced with layup matching layup and miss matching miss. Despite improved defensive play, Emory struggled to make up its deficit. Senior guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod sunk two late jump shots to give the Eagles momentum before halftime. The teams left the court with the Spartans ahead, 36-23.

Emory kept its newfound edge going into the second half. Senior center Ashley Oldshue helped keep fans on their feet early on with six points and four rebounds in four minutes. With the help of Eagle fouls, the Spartans increased their lead to 16 points. Emory did not respond quickly enough. The third quarter ended the same way as the previous two — Case Western up 13 points, 56-43.

The fourth period, Emory’s last chance for a comeback, was more of the same. The visitors answered early points by the home team with little delay. Although junior guard Allison Chernow bought Emory within six points of the lead, Case Western owned the end of the game. Late intentional foul efforts by the Eagles only benefited the Spartans and failed to buy Emory enough time to win. Final score: 71-57 Case Western.

Despite a lopsided score for most of the game, Emory played three solid periods of basketball. The team scored exactly as many points as the Spartans in the second and third quarters and trailed by just a point in the fourth quarter. The early lead gained by the Spartans was simply too much for the Eagles to overcome even with three competitive quarters. The bright spot for Emory was Oldshue’s 16 points and 11 rebounds, her third double-double this season.

Their second matchup pitted a defeated Emory squad against Carnegie Mellon, another UAA opponent. The Eagles, taking a page from Case Western’s book, pushed off to an early 10-2 lead, with all ten points coming from Oldshue and Chernow. The Tartans were able to adjust and slow the pace of the game, dropping Emory’s lead to four. The end of the first quarter saw a cascade of three-point attempts from both sides, with none connecting, leaving the score 16-12 Emory.

The second quarter was full of slow but competitive basketball, defined by shots from both sides. Only two points were scored in the first 4.5 minutes before both teams found their stride. The Tartans took the lead twice in the end of the half, only to see Emory catch up both times, thanks to clutch shots from Chernow. One last jump shot from junior forward Erin Lindahl gave Emory the lead heading to the locker room with the score at 26-24.

The second half began with more back and forth play. For nearly 5 minutes, neither team pulled very far ahead. Major substitutions from both teams allowed Emory to take control. Chernow, already a key player in the game, began to lift the Eagles. The team continued to dominate and outscored the Tartans at every opportunity. Consistent rebounds and assists brought the team to a 46-35 lead going in to the final quarter.

An eight-point run early in the fourth period set the stage for a Tartans comeback. Early missed shots by the Eagles  caused a slight shift in momentum. A 3-minute stretch with no points scored seemed to suggest the game was over when Carnegie Mellon began another strong push. Emory scored only two of the last 10 points of the game, dropping their lead toward a few baskets. Despite noticeable pressure by the Tartans, the Eagles held on to their lead to win 56-51.

The Eagles saw major improvement in first-quarter energy from Friday to Sunday. The quick lead Case Western obtained was a critical factor in Emory’s loss, whereas their dominant play in the early parts of both halves shut down Carnegie Mellon. Overall the team looked competitive in their return to Atlanta, but they showed a clear weakness in the slow start to their first game. Continuing to deliver pressure throughout all four quarters, with the addition of some early energy, could turn the Eagles into a postseason nightmare.

The Eagles will return to action on Friday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at home against the Brandeis University (Mass.) Judges.

Sophomore guard Nick Stuck dribbles up the court in a game against Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.)./Sarah Taha, Staff

The Emory men’s basketball team notched two wins this week, defeating Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 91-74 on Jan. 18 and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) 116-100 on Jan. 21.

Sophomore forward Lawrence Rowley earned a career-high of 28 points, advancing the Eagles to an impressive 11-4 record.

While Case Western initially held an 11-point lead in the first 4 minutes of the contest, Emory retaliated with an 11-0 run to tie the game at 18 points. As the two teams battled, the Eagles eventually took a 1-point lead with 11:06 remaining before halftime. Once Emory obtained the lead, sophomore guard Romin Williams dropped 6 straight points to extended Emory’s lead to seven. Although the Spartans cut the deficit to 45-42 at halftime, the Eagles opened the second half on a 13-3 run. After torching Case Western in the second half, Emory comfortably won the game, 91-74.  

Offensively, the Eagles decimated Case Western by shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three point line. Sophomore guard Matt Schner tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds, earning his first career double-double. As Schner stuffed the stat sheet, Williams dropped 15 points, his 13th double-figure scoring outing of the season. Led by the trio, the Eagles scored 44 points in the paint, dished 21 assists, grabbed 37 rebounds and secured the win.

While Emory had a stellar offensive performance, the Eagles also wreaked havoc on the defensive end. During the game, Case Western committed 15 turnovers, shot 44.8 percent from the field and converted only 35.3 percent of their shots from the three point line.

“Our team is talented offensively, but the coaching staff has done a great job of emphasizing the importance of playing great defense,” sophomore guard Pierre Coffy said. “Getting stops requires our team to be locked in and connected to each other from top to bottom, from individual effort to off-ball positioning, communication and knowing our scout.”

Head Coach Jason Zimmerman was proud of the Eagles teamwork.

This team trusts each other and cares about each other,” Zimmerman said.

While Zimmerman praised the team, he reaffirmed that the ultimate goal is “to compete for a championship.”

On Jan. 21, the team defeated Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) 116-100. After the win, the Eagles improved to an impressive 12-4 record.

In the opening half, four individual players scored the first 9 points of the game. After building an early lead, the Eagles continued to relentlessly attack CMU, hitting 12 of their first 17 field goal attempts. Later in the first half, the Eagles went on a 14-4 run which pushed the lead to 53-28 with 5:13 left. At halftime, Emory scored a team high 68 points. Although Carnegie Mellon outscored Emory by 10 points in the second half, the Eagles defeated the Tartans 116-100.

The Eagles shot a stellar 52.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from the three point line. Additionally, many Eagles exploded for double-figure outings. Specifically, Schner lead the Eagles with a career-high 30 points on 13-15 shooting.

Schner credited his teammates for their tremendous offensive performance.

Today our point guards really pushed the ball with everyone sprinting the floor alongside them which got us great transition shots,” Schner said. “When we weren’t able to convert with a quick score, hard cuts and good ball movement gave us more open looks. Our team had great offensive flow today and turned down good shots to get great ones. We showed what we are capable of doing offensively when shots are falling and we are connected.”

While Schner exhibited an exceptional performance, his teammates Williams and senior guard Gebereal Baitey tallied 23 and 16 points, respectively. As a team, the Eagles had 27 assists, 21 second-chance points, 52 points in the paint, 25 fast break points and 38 bench points.

Zimmerman noted the team’s ball movement as a key to their success.

“When the ball gets moving, [we] shoot the ball better,” Zimmerman said. “Our guys help each other become good players.”

The Eagles again demonstrated a strong defensive presence. Due to Emory’s defensive pressure, Carnegie Mellon committed 15 turnovers, and the Eagles were able to score 18 points off of those turnovers. Additionally, the Eagles were able to hold CMU to 33.3 percent from the three point line. Although Carnegie Mellon outrebounded Emory 41-38, the Eagles utilized great defensive intensity and capitalize on the Tartans’ shortcomings to win the game.

The Eagles host Brandeis University (Mass.) on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.

The Dec. 3 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks was a one-sided affair. The Warriors soundly defeated the Hawks 128-111. The Hawks’ starting five consisted of power forward John Collins, point guard Trae Young, center Dewayne Dedmon, small forward Taurean Prince and shooting guard Kevin Huerter. The Warriors, with power forward Draymond Green out due to a toe injury, fielded a starting five of shooting forward Klay Thompson, power forward Kevon Looney, point guard Stephen Curry, small forward Kevin Durant and shooting guard Andre Iguodala.

Curry had a hot start to the first quarter with 18 points, outscoring the Hawks’ first-quarter team score of 17 points. Playing in his second game after returning from a groin injury, Curry scored 30 points in 29 minutes, reigniting his campaign for league MVP. The Warriors’ threatening trio of Curry, Durant (28 points) and Thompson (27 points) combined for 85 points on the night.

The Hawks fell behind in the first quarter, but they outscored the Warriors in the second and fourth quarters, 30-27 and 34-31, respectively. But whenever the Hawks went on a run and reduced the Warriors’ lead, the Warriors retaliated with a mini-run of their own and re-established a dominant lead.

While the result was disappointing for the Hawks, Young (20 points, 3 assists) and Collins (24 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists) displayed great potential. The Hawks might very well tank again this year in order to obtain a high draft pick. This will give them a chance to draft top college prospects such as Duke University (N.C.)’s RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson or Cam Reddish.

In his postgame interview, Thompson jokingly said the current Hawks team reminds him of the Warriors, “maybe like seven years ago,” referring to the Warriors in 2012. At that time, the West coast dynasty was in its infancy. Thompson was drafted in 2011 and Green in 2012. At the same time, Curry was recovering from chronic ankle injuries.

Young, who is viewed as a future franchise-leading player for the Hawks, has been incessantly compared to Curry.

“Honestly, it’s getting old,” Curry said in an interview in response to the comparisons.

Although Young has been shooting poorly this season (37.9 percent FG, 23.9 percent 3PT), he leads this year’s rookie class with an average of 7.4 assists per game and is second to the Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic in scoring, with 15.8 points per game.

On a lighter note, a large contingent of the Hawks fans jeered Durant when he took free throws, shouting at the top of their voices, “Draymond hates you!” While the Hawks’ baskets and defensive plays were cheered on by the home crowd, the sheer star power and finesse of the Warriors mesmerised the crowd and brought about a feeling of helplessness and disbelief in the Hawks fans.

The Hawks return to action when they host the Washington Wizards on Dec. 5. Although the Wizards are favoured to win the impending matchup, their erratic performances this season may open a window for an upset against the Hawks, who are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The Warriors visit the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 5, as well. This is likely a routine win for the Warriors, who will be without Green again. He is not expected to return to the Warriors for at least the next two games.