ESU Men Fall, Women Move To 19-2

By: Emporia State Media Relations
By: Emporia State Media Relations

February 1, 2014- Men:
February 1, 2014-Nebraska-Kearney's Davion Pearson hit a three pointer with 12.2 seconds left to defeat the Emporia State men 66-65 on Saturday afternoon in Kearney, Neb. The Hornets had a shot at the end but a three point shot and rebound attempt both missed.

Emporia State used a 13-2 run to take a 23-12 lead with 8:59 left in the first half. The Hornet lead would reach 15 on four occassions before the Hornets settled into a 40-27 lead at the break. Emporia State shot 50% from the field in the first half, including a seven of 14 effort from behind the three point line. Jay Temaat hit all three of his three point attempts in a 2:19 span near the end of the half.

The Lopers scored the first six points of the second half to get back in the game at 40-33 with 17:48 left. They would later use a 10-2 run to cut the Hornet lead down to one at 54-53 with 7:00 remaining. Gavin Brown answered with a three pointer to put Emporia State back up by four. A pair of free throws by Pearson with 3:23 left gave the Lopers their first lead of the second half. Kaleb Wright gave the lead back to the Hornets at 61-59 with a three-pointer at the 3:01 mark. A layup from Paul Bunch and two free throws from Wright gave Emporia State a 65-60 lead with 1:24 left. Pearson hit three-pointer with 1:01 left to pull UNK within two points. The Hornets worked the shot clock down but turned it over with 26.2 seconds left. Pearson, who's only field goals came in the final 1:24, then hit the go ahead three. Emporia State had a shot with 1.8 left but Temaat's contested three was off and Bunch couldn't get the tip in to fall.

Wright led Emporia State with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Terrence Moore was six of seven from the field for 15 points while Bunch finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Hornets are back in action on Wednesday, February 5 when they travel to Washburn. Tip-off of the Topeka edition of the Turnpike Tussle is set for 7:30 p.m. in Lee Arena.

Women:
February 1, 2014-Laura Patrick had 28 points to lead the #3 Lady Hornets to an 84-75 victory at Neb.-Kearney on Saturday afternoon.

The Lopers had a 6-5 lead with 16:46 left in the first half when Patrick hit an old fashioned three-point play to ignite a 19-5 run for Emporia State.Patrick would end up with seven points during the run. The Lady Hornets took a 43-30 point into the break.

Emporia State never trailed in the second half, but Neb.-Kearney did close the gap to a single point at 69-68 with 3:51 left in the game. Patrick answered with a three-pointer that tied Jamie Augustyn for eighth on the Lady Hornet all-time list and gave Emporia State a 72-68 lead with 3:26 left. Desiree Wylie went four fof four and Merissa Quick hit one of two from the free throw line in the final 33.6 seconds to ice the victory.

Patrick hit ten of 17 shots, going three of seven from behind the three-point arc, and was a perfect five of five from the line. She was the only Lady Hornet in double figures but all nine Lady Hornets that played scored with Quick, Kelly Moten and Kionna Kellogg all had nine points. Kellogg and Quick each had seven rebounds and Quick blocked four shots.

The next action for the Lady Hornets will be at Washburn on Wednesday, February 5 in Topeka. Tip-off for the Turnpike Tussle is set for 5:30 p.m.


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