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Emporia State edges Newman

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 9:07 p.m.

Micah Swank hit a three-point shot with 13 seconds left to give Emporia State the lead for good, and the Hornets beat Newman 86-81 on Sunday afternoon in Emporia.

Newman took an 81-79 lead on two free throws by Marquis Cuyler with 27 seconds left. On its next possession Emporia State found Swank, a sophomore from Pratt, open for a three-pointer and went ahead 82-81.

Newman got the ball inside to Cuyler on its final possession. Cuyler had a shot blocked by Paul Bunch, got the ball bank and attempted another shot before the buzzer that missed. Newman coach Mark Potter was assessed two technical fouls after the play, leading to Emporia State’s final four points.

Hornets senior Kaleb Wright scored a season-high 35 points. Terrence Moore, a sophomore from Heights, added 14 points.

Newman was led by Jeremy Espinoza’s 25 points — 22 in the second half. Cuyler had 14 points and eight rebounds.

NEWMAN (3-6): Espinoza 7-8 7-7 25, Cuyler 3-10 7-7 14, McCarthy 4-8 2-2 12, Smith 1-5 6-8 8, Beck 2-5 0-0 6, Riddle 2-6 4-6 8, Pyle 2-8 0-0 5, Emerllahu 1-6 1-2 3, Waldron 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 27-31 81.

EMPORIA STATE (7-4): Wright 12-18 6-7 35, Moore 5-9 2-3 14, Bunch 2-2 3-4 7, Swank 2-5 0-0 5, Brown 1-2 2-2 4, Pedersen 3-7 4-4 12, Taylor 2-4 0-0 5, Temaat 1-2 1-2 4, Jordan 0-3 0-0 0, Sardin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-52 18-22 86.

Halftime — ESU 39-35. 3-pointers — NU 10-20 (Espinoza 4-4, McCarthy 2-4, Beck 2-5, Pyle 1-2, Cuyler 1-5), ESU 12-24 (Wright 5-8, Pedersen 2-2, Moore 2-5, Taylor 1-2, Temaat 1-2, Swank 1-3, Jordan 0-2). Rebounds — NU 38 (Cuyler 8), ESU 24 (Moore 6). Assists — NU 15 (McCarthy 7), ESU 18 (Wright, Moore 5). Fouls — NU 18, ESU 24. A — 1,103.

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