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Pointers fall to Emory in NCAA Sweet 16


Jake Davis hit a three-pointer to force overtime and another with five seconds remaining in the extra session to give Emory a 76-73 upset victory in overtime over top-ranked UW-Stevens Point in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.

Davis scored a team-high 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting for Emory (19-8), who advances to play UW-Whitewater on Saturday night with a spot in the Final Four on the line. Tyler Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph) led all scorers with 33 points, one point shy of his career-high, on 13-for-22 from the floor and also handed out a game-high seven assists.

The Eagles led 73-68 with 1:25 left in overtime before the Pointers tied the score. Tillema found Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) for a three-pointer and then tied the score with a layup with 29 seconds remaining. However, Emory's Michael Florin set up Davis for an open three from the left wing and Jordan Lutz (Amherst, WI/Amherst)'s half-court shot hit off the backboard at the buzzer as Emory pulled off the upset.

The Pointers, who were making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in a row, finish the season with a 28-2 record. UW-Stevens Point's 28 wins are tied for the fourth-most in program history with the 1983-84 team. The three UWSP national championship teams all had 29 wins.

UW-Stevens Point did not trail in the final 13:45 of the second half, including by eight with 6:32 remaining, but Emory made back-to-back threes to cut the deficit down to two.

The Eagles tied the game at 61-61 with 2:16 remaining in regulation after a layup by Alex Foster, part of his 20-point night. With 47 seconds remaining, Tillema found Hass for his first made three-pointer of the game to give the Pointers a three-point lead but Davis replied with a three from the top of the key to send the game to overtime.

Emory led for most of the first half but UW-Stevens Point erased a seven-point deficit late in the half. Tillema scored UW-Stevens Point's final six points of the half, as the teams went into the locker room tied at 28. Tillema, Lutz and Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) combined to score all 28 of UWSP's first-half points.

Foster and Davis combined to score 46 points and shot 18-for-32 from the field to lead the Eagles, who shot 47.4 percent in the game, including 62.5 percent (5-for-8) in overtime. Josh Schattie came off the Emory bench to add 12 points and seven rebounds. Emory was 15-for-16 from the free-throw line in the game.

UW-Stevens Point shot 49.1 percent from the floor in the game but was just 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) from behind the arc. The Pointers committed 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half. In addition to Tillema's big night, Clayton Heuer (Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln/UW-Green Bay) added 18 points and seven boards, while Hass was the third player in double figures with 10.

Seniors Tillema, Hass and Heuer combined to score 61 of UW-Stevens Point's 73 points in the game, which featured 11 ties and six lead changes.

Emory will play UW-Whitewater at Quandt Fieldhouse on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The UW-Stevens Point women's hockey team also lost its NCAA Quarterfinal game against the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) by a score of 5-0.

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