Holmes Records Ninth Double-Double in Home Defeat to Emory
(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team hosted Emory University on Sunday, January 23 with the Eagles shooting their way to a 94-66 win by making a season-best 21 three-pointers. The Tartans are now 8-6 and 1-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) while the Eagles move to 11-4 and 4-1.
Emory started 4-of-8 from three in the first five minutes and 40 seconds to take a 16-8 lead. The Tartans mounted a come back over the next five minutes and 20 seconds to tie the score at 22-all after two free throws by junior Josh Berry () who is shooting 84.2% from the free throw line for the season.
With the score tied at 27-all, Emory went on a 12-2 run to take the first double-digit lead of the game and led 39-29 with 2:48 to go in the half.
Freshman Aidan Murphy (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West) drained a triple for the Tartans with 1:09 to play to pull the deficit to seven before Emory finished the scoring on its next possession with a second-chance layup by Matthew Schner.
Emory finished the half shooting 10-of-21 from distance while the Tartans hit just three of 10 attempts but shot 48.3% from the floor overall.
The hot shooting for the Eagles continued in the second half as the built a 17-point lead by making three of their first five shots including two more three-pointers. Later in the period the Eagles hit six straight from long range, including three in a row by senior Romin Williams, to build a 73-47 advantage with 10:33 still to play in the game.
The Tartans finished the final 10 minutes of play making eight of 16 from the floor to finish the game shooting 42.6%. The Eagles made a season-best 21 shots from long range, shooting better than 54% from behind the arc for the second game in a row, topping the season with a 58.3%.
Sophomore R.J. Holmes (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson) led the Tartans with his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Kevin Sax Highlands Ranch, Colo. / Thunder Ridgetallied 10 points in his 23 minutes played.
Emory was led by Schner's 25 points and Williams's 20 points. Williams finished with a season-best six three-pointers while Schner hit five for the second time this season.
Carnegie Mellon will next play host to Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m.