November 16, 2012-The Emporia State men used a balanced offense and a suffocating defense to post a 64-56 victory over St. Martin's at the WOU Phoenix Inn Shootout in Monmouth, Ore. All nine Hornets that played scored and Emporia State held St. Martin's to just .311 shooting for the game.
Emporia State started out sluggish and fell behind 15-3 with 14:13 left in the first half. A 12-3 run capped by back to back three pointers by Taylor Euler pulled the Hornets within 24-23 with 4:29 remaining in the half. The teams would go to the lockerrooms with the Saints leading 31-30.
St. Martin's scored the first five points of the second half to take a 36-30 lead with 16:59 left. Emporia State then went on an 11-0 run with four different players scoring to take their first lead of the night. Evan Coulter, who scored ten of the first 12 second half points for the Saints, went on a personal 7-1 run to give St. Martins their final lead a 43-42 with 12:03 left in the game. The Hornets responded with an 8-0 run of their own to take the lead for good.
The Saints closed to within one at 49-48 with 6:02 left but a Daniel Shaw put back and Terrance Moore lay-up pushed the Hornet lead back to five with 4:47 remaining. The Emporia State lead would reach ten points at 62-52 before settling in for the final eight point margin.
Kaleb Wright led Emporia State with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Shaw with 12 points. Shaw also had 11 rebounds for his first double double as a Hornet. Every player that saw action scored for Emporia State, while eight of the nine dished an assist and eight of nine had a rebound. The Hornets held the Saints to .311 shooting for the game and just .188 in the second half.
Emporia State will take on the host Western Oregon Wolves at 9:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday.
The last time the Hornets started 4-0 was in 2007-08, however all four of those wins were in White Auditorium.
The Hornets have not started 3-0 with two wins coming away from White Auditorium since 2004-05.