Saturday, March 7, 2015

Emory Thumps Spalding University in NCAA Division III Tournament

Emory University 88
Spalding University 59

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round

Game recap by SU:

ATLANTA. Ga. - The Spalding men's basketball team's season came to an end Friday night, as they fell to 11th ranked Emory, 88-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles finish their season with an 18-10 record.

Spalding was led in scoring by Brandon Gabriel, who finished with 14 points in the final game of his career. Brandon Goeing was the only other Spalding player in double digits with 13 points.

Spalding fell behind early, as the Eagles jumped out to an 18-4 lead nine minutes into the first half. The first half lead stretched to 20 points at 28-8 after a layup with 7:44 left to play in the half. The Eagles closed the period by outscoring Emory 17-10 to cut the lead to 13, at 38-25.

Any momentum Spalding had to start the half was quelled quickly, as Emory used back-to-back three pointers to start a 28-3 run that put the Golden Eagles down 66-28 with 12 minutes remaining. With the game out of reach, the teams essentially traded baskets for the rest of the way.

The season ends on a high note for the Eagles, who tied for first in the regular season of their conference before winning two tough games in the SLIAC Tournament en route the their second tournament berth in the last three seasons.

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