December 15, 2012- The Emporia State men's basketball team started their Holiday Break with a resounding 110-69 victory over Southwestern on Saturday night in White Auditorium. Kaleb Wright scored a game high 25 points to lead five Hornets in double figures.
The game was tied at 14-14 at the first media timeout when Terrence Moore ignited the White Auditorium crowd with six straight points including a pair of dunks on the fast break. A Tre Boutilier dunk on the break gave Emporia State a 22-14 lead and the Hornets would take a 48-33 lead into halftime.
The Hornets opened the second half on a 10-1 run to go ahead 58-34 on Paul Bunch's dunk with 16:48 left in the game. Emporia State would have 14-0 and 12-0 runs later in the half and took their biggest lead of the game at 94-47 with 8:11 left in the game.
Wright was joined in double figures by Moore with 19 points on nine of ten shooting, Bunch with 14 points, Boutilier with 12 and Michael Harris with 11 points. The Hornets shot .597 from the field for the game including a blistering .658 in the second half. Taylro Euler, Moore and Micha Swank each had five assists as Emporia State dished a season high 27 assists. They also connected on a season high 14 three pointers but were outscored 11-4 from the free throw line.
The Hornets are off until after the first of the year when they travel to Topeka on January 3 to take on Washburn. Tip-off from Lee Arena for the Turnpike Tussle is set for 7 p.m.
The 110 points and 14 made three-pointers are the most by the Hornets since they hit 18 threes in a 116-114 double overtime loss at Central Oklahoma to open the 2009-10 season.