Men Pull Away In Second Half

Sammy Thomas had 17 points in the win. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Sammy Thomas had 17 points in the win. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU Runnin Royals used a 55-point second half to pull away from Apprentice and won 84-75 on Saturday. This non-conference match-up was played in Bridgewater, Va., as part of the weekend long Don Glick Classic. With the win the Royals improve their overall record to 5-5 while the Builders fall to 7-4 on the season.

The two teams traded the first nine points to start the game before Apprentice went on a 9-1 run to take an 18-10 lead. EMU started to find their stride behind the offense of Sammy Thomas (Owings, Md./Northern) who got the Royals back within four after his third made layup in a row to finish a possession that had three offensive rebounds.

The Builders would hold off EMU from tying the game for the remainder of the half, but Tariq Caldwell (Richmond, Va./Lee-Davis) made a layup to bring the Royals within one to go into halftime Apprentice leading 30-29.

EMU started the second half by taking the lead on a made three-pointer by Travis Clower (Romney, W.V./Hampshire). The teams traded points until the Royals used a 6-0 run to pull away from Apprentice and have the lead. After a Builders layup, EMU scored on their next five possessions to build their lead to as much as 13 with 12:30 left.

The Royals would hold off the Apprentice comeback attempt as they would get back within three points at 73-70 with 3:08 on the clock. Jamel Howard (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) made a three pointer followed by five made free throws for an 8-0 run. EMU would go on to finish the game scoring their final eight points by making free throws.

The Builders shot better from the floor at 50.8% (31-61) and 33.3% (5-15) from three with EMU close behind at 48.3% (29-60) and 31.8% (7-22) behind the arc.

Thomas led the Royals in scoring with 17 points. Tim Jones (Forestville, Md./Central) and Caldwell both scored 16 points. Jones finished with seven rebounds and four assists. Caldwell added eight rebounds and three blocks.

It is a quick turnaround for the Royals who play Buffalo State tomorrow at noon in Bridgewater.