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Last Minute Points Lead Tartans to Season Sweep of #24 Emory

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball team swept the season series against 24th-ranked Emory University with a 63-60 victory at home on Friday, February 10. The Tartans are now 7-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and 15-6 overall while the Eagles are 15-6 and 6-4.

How it Happened

  • There were six lead changes and four ties in the first half that ended with a 39-39 score.
  • Freshman Buckley DeJardin scored 12 of his career-best 20 points in the first half.
  • DeJardin scored eight points during a 10-3 run by the Tartans over a two-minute and 23-second span to give the Tartans a 33-32 lead and later hit a jumper outside the paint to make it 39-37 before Emory tied it with 31 seconds to play in the half.
  • The second half was similar with six lead changes and one tie.
  • The Eagles started with a 6-0 run before the Tartans scored nine of the next 11 points to lead 48-47 off a three-pointer by senior Nick Nakasian.
  • The Eagles would again go up by six, 54-48, ahead of the Tartans rallying to tie the score at 56-56 with less than three minutes to play on a jumper by junior Jack Stone following a steal by DeJardin.
  • DeJardin drained a three-pointer to make it 59-58 with 2:18 to go before Emory took a one-point lead on a driving layup by Benjamin Pearce with 57 seconds to play.
  • Junior R.J. Holmes answered with his own driving layup and Stone was fouled following a steal that led to two free throws and a three-point Tartan advantage with 24 seconds to go.
  • The Tartans played tight defense and forced Emory into a timeout with eight seconds to go.
  • The inbounds play from the sideline was tossed into the backcourt and a shot by Pearce with one second to go was to strong, hitting the backboard and off the rim for the Tartans' victory.

Tartan Stats

  • DeJardin led the team with 20 points on a career-best eight made field goals including a career-best three from long range.
  • Stone finished with 19 points.
  • Holmes' only bucket of the second half led him to 10 points to go with five rebounds and four steals.
  • Nakasian led all players with a career-high 14 rebounds, including seven offensive.

Eagle Stats

  • Pearce led the game with 23 points and six assists.
  • Mason Johnson tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Game Notes

  • The Tartans swept the series for the first time since 2009.
  • The Tartans are 9-0 at home this season.
  • The 15 wins for the Tartans is the most since the 2008-09 season when the Cardinal and Gray went 20-7 and advaced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Up Next

Carnegie Mellon will host the University of Rochester (14-7, 4-6) on Sunday, February 12 at 12:00 p.m.