No. 7 Emory defeats men's basketball in Atlanta, 84-65

Billy Selmon scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in Bates' 84-65 loss at Emory on Dec. 29, 2014. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- No. 7 nationally ranked Emory University handed the Bates College men's basketball team its first loss of the season on Monday, 84-65, on the first day of the Emory Tournament.

Bates (7-1) will face Birmingham-Southern (6-3) on Tuesday at 2pm at Emory in the tournament consolation game. Emory (8-1) hosts Union in the championship game at 4pm.

The Bobcats received a game-high 23 points along with eight assists from senior captain Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), as well as a career-high 11 points off the bench from junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in a homecoming game for the senior captain.

Alex Foster scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Eagles, including 16 points in the second half. Michael Florin passed out 11 assists, helping five Emory players score in double figures. Josh Schattie had 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, Davis Rao scored 12 points, Jonathan Terry added 11 and Will Trawick contributed 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Emory took advantage of 11 Bates turnovers in the first half to assume a 34-29 lead at intermission, despite being outrebounded by a 24-16 margin. In the second half, the Eagles controlled the boards, 22-8, outscoring Bates in second-chance points 12-2 while making 8-of-15 shots from behind the arc (.533) and 15-of-26 overall (.577).

Aside from Safford and Selmon, the rest of Bates' starting lineup struggled offensively. Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) shot 1-of-9 from the field and committed four turnovers. Sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) had seven points and three rebounds in 25 minutes, and sophomore Malcolm Delpeche (wilmington, Del.) fouled out in 21 minutes of action, totaling two points and four rebounds. 

Emory made 18 of 26 attempted free throws, while Bates sank nine free throws on only 12 attempts.