ATLANTA - Senior Jeremy Pittman scored 23 points to lead three Hawks in double figures, but Emory shot 50.9 percent from the floor for the game, as Emory defeated Huntingdon 77-70 on Saturday afternoon at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
The Hawks (4-7) were unable to overcome a six-point halftime deficit, as the Eagles (5-6) shot 63 percent from the field in the opening period.
After falling behind 6-0 early and by as many as eight points, Huntingdon battled back to tie the game at 25-25 on a trey by Pittman with 9:28 remaining in the opening period. The Hawks took their first lead, 31-30, of the game on a free throw by senior Reggie Sprouse with 6:55 left before the intermission, but Emory closed the half on a 16-9 spurt to take a 46-40 lead to halftime.
Huntingdon opened the second period with six straight points on a pair of 3-pointers by freshman D’Awvalo Turnipseed, but was unable to take the lead as Emory scored the next seven points and held on to the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Turnipseed and junior Chris Roberts joined Pittman in double figures, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively. Pittman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Sprouse added six rebounds.
Emory was led by Dan Curtin’s game-high 29 points, including five 3-pointers. Anthony Fernandez added 19 points.
For the contest, Huntingdon converted 38.1 percent of its shots, hitting 24-of-63. The Hawks also knocked down a season-high 13 3-pointers, but attempted only 13 free throws, making nine. Despite forcing 16 turnovers and committing only 11, each team recorded 14 points off of turnovers. Emory finished 27-of-53 from the field and won the battle of the glass, 39-28.
The Hawks will look to rebound on Wednesday, January 7, when they travel to Holly Springs, Miss., to take on Rust College. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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