ATLANTA, Ga. -- Five players scored in double figures for host Emory as the Eagles defeated the Covenant men's basketball team 76-63 on Wednesday night inside the Woodruff PE Center.
Covenant (5-5), playing its first game in nine days after breaking for Christmas, drops its second straight. Z Arima led all Scots in scoring with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with three assists. Berto Dryden and Will Portlock added nine points apiece, while Patjo Twagirayezu contributed eight points and six rebounds.
As a team, Covenant shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field, but connected on just 30 percent from 3-point land.
The Scots trailed 24-15 midway through the first half, but sliced that deficit to one after an 8-0 scoring spurt. The stretch was capped by a TJ Cox 3-pointer with 7:29 left in the period to make it 24-23. Emory would hold the lead throughout the rest of the half and enter the break up 43-34.
Covenant would briefly cut its deficit to six in the second half on an Arima steal and layup that made it 51-45 with 13:25 remaining. The Eagles' Davis Rao buried a 3-pointer on the next possession and Emory's lead would be in double digits the rest of the way.
Will Trawick led the Emory (7-3) attack with 16 points, while Jonathan Terry added 15 points. Adam Gigax added 12 points and Rao and Austin DaGue had 10 points apiece. Emory connected on 47.3 percent (26-of-55) for the game with nine 3-pointers. The Eagles held a 38-33 rebounding edge as Whit Rapp led all players with eight boards.
Covenant forced Emory into 17 turnovers, while committing just 13.
Covenant opens USA South play on Saturday against LaGrange at Barnes PE Center. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. after the women's game at 2 p.m.
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