Basketball

In the final game of the NBA regular season, the Atlanta Hawks lost a 134-135 nail-biter to the Indiana Pacers on April 10 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The Hawks ended the regular season 25th in the league and 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 29-53 record.

Indiana led for the majority of the game, but Hawks shooting guard Justin Anderson drained a tough 26-foot step-back 3-pointer to lift the Hawks to a 127-126 lead with 3:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. Despite Anderson’s remarkable shot, the Hawks and the Pacers continued to trade baskets until Hawks small forward Taurean Prince hit a 3-point jump shot to give the Hawks a 134-132 lead with 2.1 seconds left.

Anticipating the win, Hawks fans roared from the stands. Much to their dismay, Hawks small forward DeAndre’ Bembry fouled Pacers point guard Edmond Sumner on a 3-point attempt with 0.3 seconds remaining, and Sumner sank all three free throws to give the Pacers a 135-134 win.

Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce noted the heartbreaking nature of the loss but said that he had wanted the entire team to have a chance to play in the final game of the season.

“It was an exciting game; we didn’t come out on top, but that is how it works in sports,” Pierce explained. “There’s no moral victory for us in this last game, but I wanted everyone to be part of it in some form or fashion.”

Although the Hawks lost, they had a terrific offensive outing. Atlanta shot 41.5 percent from three, scored 52 points in the paint and converted 33 second chance points. Furthermore, each member of the Atlanta starting five scored in double figures including Prince,  rookie point guard Trae Young, first-year shooting guard Kevin Huerter, sophomore power forward John Collins and veteran center Alex Len. Young, Collins and Len each recorded a double-double, posting 23 points and 11 assists, 20 points and 25 rebounds and 20 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.

On the defensive end, both teams played physically. With 5:39 remaining before halftime, Pacers center Kyle O’Quinn was ejected for clobbering Young on the head on a fast-break possession.

Pierce acknowledged the intensity of the game and expressed some of his off-season goals for the up-and-coming squad.

“The summer is about adjusting to the level of physicality in the NBA,” Pierce said. “You have to mentally and physically prepare yourself to do so. The level of physicality that they face — we want to come back and be the aggressor next year.”

With two projected lottery picks and approximately $40 million in cap space for salaries, the Hawks enter the off-season looking to grow stronger, improve defensively, accumulate new talent and continue building on their strong culture. These components, combined with the development of young guns like Young and Collins, point to a very bright future in Atlanta.

The top 48 male and female high school basketball players in the class of 2019 faced off at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on March 27 at the McDonald’s All-American Game. Over its 41-year history, the event has featured players including Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Zion Williamson. This year, it once again lived up to expectations.

On the boys’ side, the East team defeated the West team 115-100 led by MVP and No. 1-ranked point guard Cole Anthony. Anthony, Oak Hill Academy’s (Va.) New York-raised star, finished with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

“Honestly, the win means more than the MVP,” Anthony said. “I’m just happy my team came together. We had numerous guys score double-digit points, and that just showed how unselfish we were as a team. I’m just really happy about that.

Cole Anthony was one of five uncommitted prospects playing in the game and has narrowed his college list down to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Georgetown University (D.C.), the University of Oregon and the University of Notre Dame (Ind.). He is set to commit in late April.

The MVP award was icing on top of the cake for Cole Anthony, whose senior season has been nothing but stellar. He became the first player in Oak Hill’s history to average a triple-double for an entire season. This is no small feat, especially for a school with notable NBA alumni such as Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo. Cole Anthony, the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony, is hoping to join these alumni in the league within the next couple of years.

Small forward Precious Achiuwa also stood out with 22 points and nine rebounds in just 17 minutes on the court. Achiuwa, a standout at Montverde Academy (Fla.), also remains uncommitted and will choose between the University of Kansas, UNC, the University of Connecticut, the University of Georgia and the University of Memphis (Tenn.). In May, Achiuwa will join an illustrious list of Montverde basketball alumni that features players such as Ben Simmons, D’Angelo Russell and RJ Barrett.

On the girls’ side, the East defeated the West 83-68. Point guard Jordan Horston of Columbus Africentric Early College (Ohio) walked away with the MVP award following a game-high 14-point performance. She also dished out multiple pinpoint, no-look assists and seems to have a knack for passing that will help her at the next level. Horston is headed to the University of Tennessee next fall, and will help bolster a program that took an early exit from the NCAA tournament this year.

“It’s a blessing, but at the end of the day we’re all MVPs,” Horston said. “I’m just honored to even be here. I’m a fan of all of these girls.”

Horston definitely impressed fans, but her performance in the game was outshined by Regis Jesuit High School (Colo.) forward Francesca Belibi who became the second woman to win the McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest. Belibi beat both Achiuwa and small forward Scottie Lewis with a high-flying dunk, jumping over her teammate seated in a chair in front of the basket. Belibi dunks with ease at 6-foot-1 and will be an exciting player that fans should be sure to watch going forward.

Many of these same players return for action on the big stage in the Jordan Brand Classic, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 20.

Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young struggled to adjust to the pace of the NBA prior to the NBA All-Star Game. Despite being touted as an elite three-point shooter entering the NBA, the guard averaged only 14.0 points, 8.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds while shooting a horrendous 35.5 field goal percentage and a dismal 19.8 percent from the three-point line. Although Young’s poor shooting and atrocious defense severely hindered his chances to contend for Rookie of the Year at the beginning of the season, he’s since taken the league by storm.

Following the All-Star Game on Feb. 17, Young is averaging 25.8 points, 9.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds on 45.4 percent shooting from the field and 40.5 percent shooting beyond the arc. Young’s dominant play has also translated into more wins for the Hawks. Since Young’s emergence, Atlanta holds an 8-9 record, a tremendous turnaround considering their pre-All-Star break 19-40 record. These milestones have garnered interest and support from NBA stars such as Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma and Blake Griffin. With Young’s popularity soaring throughout the past few weeks, is it possible that he could steal the Rookie of the Year award from Dallas Mavericks prodigy Luka Dončić?

First-year Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce certainly believes so.

I want him to walk out of here with the Rookie of the Year award because that just shows that he got better from start to finish,” Pierce said.

At the beginning of the season, many analysts believed that Dončić had already solidified his position as Rookie of the Year. Prior to the All-Star break, Dončić shot 43 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from the three-point line while averaging an impressive 20.7 points, 5.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. The European star seemed to have the award locked down.

However, a couple weeks before the All-Star break, Dallas traded four of their starters to the New York Knicks for Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and an injured Kristaps Porziņģis. The move made Dončić the sole focus in the Mavericks’ offense, and, accordingly, improved his statistical averages to 22.5 points, seven assists and 9.3 rebounds per game since the All-Star break. However, Dončić’s shooting percentages have dipped drastically since then. He is shooting only 40.9 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from beyond the arc since the All-Star break. Furthermore, the Mavericks have gone an abysmal 3-14 since then, dropping their record from 26-31 to 29-45. The forward’s shaky play, Dallas’ plummeting record, Young’s impressive turnaround and the Hawks’ tremendous improvement have culminated in a much closer race for Rookie of the Year than previously expected.

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk noted this trend when considering the race for the Rookie of the Year award.

“What we’ve seen each month is Trae get a little better, and Luka got off to a great start and his numbers have gone down from the efficiency standpoint between now and then,” Schlenk said. “To discount one guy’s numbers going down, to discredit another guy who had one bad month at the beginning seems kinda crazy.”

Schlenk’s argument raises a valid point: Young’s early struggles should not overshadow his historic rookie season. So far, Young has recorded six games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, the second-most games among rookies in NBA history and on March 1 became the first rookie to record at least 45 points and 15 assists in a game against the Chicago Bulls. These accomplishments are impressive, especially for a small rookie point guard.

“We rely on him a lot, and he delivers a lot,” Pierce said. “I don’t know if anyone has played better basketball in their rookie season than he is [playing], or anybody else over the last couple of years. The stuff he is doing facilitating, he has played in every single game and he has performed. He has been our go-to guy down the stretch.”

With only five games remaining in the season, Young has limited time to continue building his case; however, with Young’s superb play as of late, the Hawks’ improved team performance, Dončić’s shooting slump and the Mavericks’ declining record, there is growing belief among both players and fans that the Atlanta point guard could surpass Dončić and win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

If you’re a normal person, today is significant because it’s the first day of spring. But if you’re a college hoops fan, you know today’s really just the day before the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Here are a couple of quick tips to keep you from bombing your March Madness bracket this year:

Fortune favors the bold.

Don’t be afraid to pick some underdogs. The tournament averages 12.2 upsets every year, not counting those between teams ranked only one seed apart. Your job is to identify which teams are most likely to pull them off.

Statistically, No. 10 and No. 11 seeds win their first-round matchups roughly 38 percent of the time. Those odds are slightly worse than a coin flip, so blindly taking favorites in those matchups can be risky. While No. 12 seeds win slightly less frequently at 35 percent, there’s a sharp cutoff at No. 13 seeds, which win just 20 percent of the time. No. 14 and No. 15 seeds rarely win, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s toppling of the University of Virginia last year made history as the first-ever win in the tournament by a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed.

So if No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 seeds are averaging first-round victories at a clip just below 50 percent, how do you pick the ones most likely to steal a win? The same way you should be playing the rest of your bracket: picking streaks and freaks.

Pick streaks.

Find out what teams are riding consecutive victories into the tournament. Every tournament, some teams come in hot off conference championships, while others ride better early-season performances to high seeds. Injuries are often responsible for these end-of-season collapses, so it’s important to monitor the health of the teams you’re betting on.

This year, Michigan State University’s end-of-season hot streak and Big Ten Conference championship should propel the team deep into the tournament. Unfortunately, their placement in Duke University’s (N.C.) division of the bracket will probably keep them out of the Final Four.

Florida State University also went on a late-season tear, winning six games until their loss to Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The team has only lost one other game since February, which was to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), a No. 1 seed like Duke.

The University of Cincinnati’s (Ohio) domination in the American Athletic Conference tournament is also worth noting, especially since the team toppled No. 3 seed University of Houston along the way.

On the other hand, No. 1 seed Gonzaga University’s (Wash.) collapse in the West Coast Conference tournament should set off a red flag. The school lost its semifinal matchup and two regular season games to a Brigham Young University (Utah) team that did not even qualify for the NCAA tournament, so Gonzaga looks beatable on paper. But March Madness is about a bit more than just statistical confidence. It’s also about statistical miracles.

Pick freaks.

“Freaks” are teams with statistical outliers: game-breaking players or extraordinary coaches. In theory, teams with these individuals carry the highest statistical upside, and they’re more likely to go on a bracket-busting tear than just your average underdog.

Villanova University’s (Pa.) championship win last year supports this approach. The school’s victory can best be explained by the standout performances of three players who earned first-round selections in the NBA draft the following year: Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman. Skeptics may argue that Villanova’s championship run propelled them to their early selections, but that devalues Bridges’ and DiVincenzo’s award-netting regular seasons and Spellman’s all-around skill set.

Some could point to the University of Arizona’s embarrassing collapse in last year’s tournament as a counterexample, since the team lost despite superstar center Deandre Ayton’s presence on the court. Even though Ayton was still selected first overall in the following NBA draft, the example does speak to the limits of individual player performances.

Yet it also says something about the impact that freakish coaches can have on a game, as Arizona lost to an upstart team from the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) led by first-time NCAA Head Coach Nate Oats. Sports media has been ablaze with glowing coverage of Oats, whose passion for the game and blue-collar coaching philosophy has turned the program around.

Buffalo’s unique team culture and position in a weak region of the bracket make them a solid freak pick this year. Their end-of-season hot streak and resounding victory in the Mid-American Conference championship on March 16 should catapult them to a strong March Madness performance.

Other high-upside freak picks include No. 1 seed Duke, whose star forward Zion Williamson should lead the squad on a deep tournament run, and No. 12 seed Murray State University (Ky.), whose guard Ja Morant is projected to be taken second overall in this year’s NBA draft.

University of Kansas Head Coach Bill Self is another freak play for your bracket, as his leading win percentage in close games may give his squad an edge in tight contests. This includes a potential Sweet 16 upset against the UNC Tar Heels, especially since the game would be played close to home in Kansas City. Be forewarned however, since media buzz about Self leaving for the NBA amidst his NCAA scandal may be too much distraction for him to overcome.

Conclusion

No bracket is going to be perfect, and no one will get all the upsets correct. So while you might be tempted to go for broke by putting Murray State in the Sweet Sixteen, or by predicting a Final Four run for Buffalo, playing it safe in the bracket’s later rounds can provide solid insurance.

By the same token, don’t let your bracket anxiety keep you from enjoying some top-notch college hoops. Just play the numbers well, and pay attention to who’s hot, who’s not and who’s weird. That’ll put you in a great position to make a run in your March Madness pool this year.

Oh, and if you don’t have the Duke Blue Devils winning it all, you should just give up before you embarrass yourself any further.

The Emory women’s basketball team suffered a close loss in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball championship.  No. 5 Trine University (Ind.) defeated Emory by 57-54 on March 1st.

Emory held a 4-point lead at the half, but the Thunder battled back to take a 55-52 lead with 10 seconds remaining in the game. In an attempt to tie the game, junior forward Erin Lindahl shot a 3-pointer, but the attempt rolled around the rim and fell into Trine’s possession.

Although missed free throws from Trine tossed a chance to the Eagles, Emory failed again to convert the game’s winning shot. After the loss, the Eagles fell to a 6-4 postseason record.

Despite the loss, the Eagles remained competitive during the battle against Trine. Senior center Ashley Oldshue led the game in both scoring and rebounding, recording a stellar 24 points and 12 rebounds in her final game as an Eagle. Lindahl posted nine points and five rebounds while senior guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod finished with just four points but grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds.

Freshman guard Kennedy Cater acknowledged that Emory had a successful season.

“Making the NCAA tournament was a huge accomplishment for this program,” Cater said. “Even though the season didn’t end how we wanted it to, we are proud of our achievements throughout this season, and we learned how much we are capable of.”

Though Emory lost early on in the championship, the team recorded a remarkable season under second-year Head Coach Misha Jackson. The Eagles finished with a 19-7 overall record, their highest since the 2012-13 season.

Trine faces No. 1 Thomas More University (Ky.) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on March 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The Emory men’s basketball team had a rough end to its 2018-19 season. The Eagles lost its opening round game of the NCAA Division III tournament to Wittenberg University (Ohio) 100-88.

With the win, Wittenberg moved on to the second round to face Guilford College (N.C.).

Sophomore guard Matt Schner scored a game-high 25 points and collected seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Matt Davet, sophomore guard Romin Williams and sophomore forward Lawrence Rowley also scored in double figures.

However, when the Eagles needed a stop on defense, they were simply unable to perform.

“The first 10 minutes [of the first half] we played pretty well, and we got into a pretty good flow offensively,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “Defensively, we weren’t as attentive to detail as we needed to be, and we gave them too many open shots.”

The Eagles rebounded in the second half with a quick 6-2 run that cut the deficit to six. The next seven minutes proved critical. The Eagles came within five points of Wittenburg on four occasions, but ultimately failed to break through. The Eagles again got within seven points with 8:22 remaining, but Wittenburg prevailed and coasted into the second round.

Though the Eagles shot 55.9 percent from the field, Wittenberg outdid them with a season-high 59.3 percent from the field and 55 percent from three.

In addition to their inferior shooting, the Eagles also struggled with turnovers, a rare occurrence for them during the season. In total, the Eagles ended up with 17 miscues, tying its second-highest total of the year.

Zimmerman commended the team’s four seniors Gebereal Baitey, Beau Bommarito, Spencer Osborne and Joey Katz after the game.

“Our four seniors left a great roadmap, a great legacy,” Zimmerman said. “They won 82 games [and] a UAA [University Athletic Association] championship, so these four seniors helped leave the jersey in a better place.”

While the game was the last for Baitey, Bommarito, Osborne and Katz, the Eagles will return most of their scoring next year and seem primed for an even deeper tournament run.

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The Emory men’s basketball team clinched the University Athletic Association (UAA) title after defeating the University of Rochester Yellowjackets (N.Y.), 92-82, on Feb. 23.

With the win, the Eagles automatically advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, marking their seventh consecutive appearance in the tournament and eighth overall. The Eagles won three straight games and finished their regular season overall record at 20-5, 11-3 in the UAA conference.

This is the seventh time in program history and sixth in the last nine seasons that the Eagles reached 20 wins in the regular season.

During the final game of the regular season, six Eagles finished in double figures. Sophomore forward Lawrence Rowley led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting, his 22nd double-digit effort of the season. Additionally, sophomore guards Nick Stuck and Matt Schner recorded 15 points each. Sophomore forward Matt Davet contributed 13 points while sophomore guard Romin Williams and senior guard Gebereal Baitey finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Schner acknowledged his teams versatility on the offensive end.

“Our team has shown what we are capable of on the offensive end throughout the regular season,” he said.

In the opening half, the Eagles initially led the Yellowjackets 20-17 with 8:38 remaining. Then, Emory went on a 12-4 spurt to claim its largest lead of the half, 32-21, with 5:03 left on the clock.  Rochester retaliated, cutting the deficit to just three with 1:52 in the half, but Baitey sank a jumper and Stuck nailed a three-pointer to extend the Eagles’ lead to 40-32 at the half.

After the break, the Eagles and the Yellowjackets traded numerous baskets, which resulted in 10 lead changes. While the Yellowjackets held a 69-68 lead with 7:19 remaining, the Eagles exploded for a 13-1 run, accumulating a 84-72 advantage with 3:02 on the clock. The Eagles persevered and defeated Rochester 92-82 to clinch their sixth UAA title and advance to the NCAA tournament.  

Rowley said it means a lot that the Eagles qualified for the NCAA tournament.

“Making the NCAA tournament is always a major season goal for us,” Rowley said. “Our coaching staff often reminds us that we have to earn the right to play for championships and that it isn’t handed to us. Going into the tournament, we know we have to take it one game at a time and come ready to play our best basketball.”

The Eagles boasted a strong offensive outing, shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from the three point line. Additionally, Emory converted 40 points in the paint, dished 13 assists, collected 36 rebounds, scored 11 fastbreak points and recorded an astonishing 59 bench points from Rowley, Williams, Davet and Schner.  

Defensively, Emory held Rochester to 45.2 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Emory also capitalized off the Yellowjackets’ 9 turnovers, scoring 15 points off their mistakes.  

The Eagles will begin the NCAA tournament against Wittenberg University (Ohio) on March 1.

Schner noted how Emory plans to play against Wittenberg.

“Wittenberg is a tremendous program with a very talented basketball team this year,” Schner said. “Playing with great pace will be vital to help give us opportunities to score in transition and in our motion. Great teams play their best basketball in March and we’ll be striving to do that at Guilford this weekend.”

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The Emory women’s basketball team defeated the University of Rochester (N.Y.) 78-54 on Feb. 23 for a fitting end to their senior day. The win brought the Eagles to an overall record of 19-6 and their University Athletic Association (UAA) record to 10-4 and helped to secure a spot for the team in the NCAA tournament starting on March 1.

The Eagles’ senior day was highlighted by a lights-out performance by senior center Ashley Oldshue, who put up 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Junior forward Erin Lindahl put up 17 points of her own, while senior guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod also contributed to the scoring with five assists.

Junior guard Allison Chernow capped the Eagles’ red-hot offense with 14 points on five-for-nine shooting. Besides scoring 78 points, the Eagles hit 59 percent of their shots from the field on 35-for-59 shooting and snagged an impressive 45 rebounds to close out the final home game of the season.

Head Coach Misha Jackson noted that, while she was impressed by the Eagles’ offensive tear and guard play, she believes there is still room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

“I thought we executed our offense well,” Jackson said. “Defensively, I know percentages say we did well, but I think we could have done a better job.

Overall, this was the team’s ninth win in 10 outings, bringing their final regular season record to 19-6. Despite tallying the fourth-most wins in program history, the Eagles fell just short of the conference championship, but still tied conference rival University of Chicago for second place in the UAA Conference.

Jackson said making it to the NCAA tournament is no small feat.

“The tournament is one of the highest things you can achieve and the biggest thing, being a national championship,” Jackson said. “For us, being in the tournament for the first time since 2013, it’s a pretty big deal to bring our program back to that level of excellence. … To be frank, we’ve fallen short of that, and so for us it’s been due time to get back there.”

Despite a stellar season for both the coaching staff and players, the Eagles’ hopes of attaining a spot in the NCAA tournament seemed slim without the latest victory.

“We knew this game was a little bit bigger because, one, it was senior day, and we really needed this win in order to get a tournament bid,” Jackson said. “It would have been very slim if we did not get it Saturday.”

But, against all odds, the NCAA announced that the Eagles would indeed go dancing on Feb. 25. The women’s team received a berth in the Round of 64 and will begin their quest for an NCAA title against Trine University (Ind.) at the Connor Center in Crestview Hills, Ky., on March 1.

The Emory men’s basketball team bounced back from last week’s loss against the University of Chicago, defeating Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 83-71 on Feb. 15 and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) 89-74 on Feb. 17.

In the win over the Case Western Reserve Spartans, sophomore forward Lawrence Rowley and senior guard Gebereal Baitey led Emory by scoring 17 points each. Additionally, sophomore guard Nick Stuck, sophomore guard Romin Williams and sophomore guard Matthew Schner each scored in double figures, leading the team to a stellar 18-5 record, 9-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Offensively, the Eagles shot a solid 46.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Throughout the game, the Eagles maintained an aggressive tempo, scoring 36 points in the paint, collecting 45 rebounds and making 17 of 23 free throws. Additionally, the Eagles distributed 14 assists and scored six fast break points.

“Our team really prides ourselves on our fast-pace offense, and Coach Z does a great job of giving us the confidence to shoot and push the ball in transition,” Rowley said. “Our team has so many offensive weapons that you never know who might have a big game.”

While Case Western converted 42.9 percent from the three-point line, the Eagles limited the Spartans to only 41.3 percent from the field, 13 attempts from the charity stripe, 30 rebounds, 20 points in the paint and just two fast break points. The Eagles also forced 16 turnovers while the Spartans only dished 11 assists.

After the win over Case Western, the Eagles snagged an 89-74 win over the Carnegie Mellon Tartans, improving their record to 19-5, 10-3 in the UAA.

During the game, many Eagles had impressive outings, including sophomore forward Matt Davet, who led the Eagles in scoring with 23 points off the bench. Additionally, Schner impacted the game on both ends, recording 12 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.

Although the Eagles only shot 28.6 percent from the three-point line, they still managed to demonstrate tremendous offensive performance. Emory shot 50.7 percent from the field, converted 50 points in the paint, scored 23 second-chance points, dished 14 assists and retrieved 43 rebounds.

While the Tartans shot a respectable 49.1 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc, the Eagles held the Tartans to just 26 rebounds, 12 assists and only 57 shot attempts compared to their own 69. Carnegie Mellon also committed 14 turnovers that the Eagles were able to capitalize ons, scoring 17 points off turnovers.

After the win, the Eagles returned to Emory to prepare for the final game of the regular season.

“Coming off a big weekend, we’re looking to take this momentum into the conference championship game this upcoming Saturday,” Rowley said.

The Eagles host the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. If Emory wins, they will win the UAA Conference Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament.