No. 20 WashU Continues Road Swing at Emory, No. 3 Rochester

No. 20 WashU Continues Road Swing at Emory, No. 3 Rochester

at Emory (9-3, 0-1 UAA) – Friday, Jan. 13 - 8 p.m. (ET)
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at No. 3 Rochester (12-0, 1-0 UAA) – Sunday, Jan. 15 - Noon (ET)
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BEAR HEADLINES – Fresh of a thrilling 70-68 victory at Chicago in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener, the No. 20-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team closes out a five-game road trip with a pair of conference games. The Bears travel to Emory University (9-3, 0-1 UAA) on Friday, Jan. 13, followed by a trip to No. 3 University of Rochester (12-0, 1-0 UAA) on Sunday, Jan. 15.

HOOKS NETS GAME-WINNER AT CHICAGO – Senior Clinton Hooks tied his season-high with 19 points and hit the game-winning shot as time expired in the victory at Chicago in the UAA opener Saturday. Hooks was 5-of-8 from three-pointers in the win as he eclipsed 500 points for his career.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE – Edwards has put together another tough schedule for WashU in 2016-17, with five games against top-25 schools. Sorted on cumulative opposition, the Bears have the 17th toughest schedule (0.623) out of 426 NCAA Division III schools.

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK – Junior guard Jake Knupp has 37 assists and just nine turnovers in 11 games this season. Knupp leads the conference and is fourth in NCAA Division III with an assist-to-turnover-ratio of 4.11.

SCOUTING EMORY – The Eagles lost their opener at Rochester 84-54 Saturday, snapping a seven-game winning streak. Emory is 4-0 at home this season, and has posted a 31-2 mark in the last three seasons at the Woodruff P.E. Center. The Eagles lead the UAA in three-point field goal attempts per game (28.3), connecting on 9.8 per game. Emory is seventh in the league in turnovers per game (14.8) and last in personal fouls per game (20.0).

Junior forward Adam Gigax leads the UAA in scoring at 18.8 points per game, while senior forward Jim Gordon (13.9) and junior forward Christopher Avant (11.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg) also average in double figures. Junior guard Whitt Rapp is also tops in the UAA and second in D3 in assists per game (8.4).

Emory head coach Jason Zimmerman has compiled an overall record of 161-87 (.649) in 10 seasons in Atlanta. Zimmerman has guided the program to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2014.

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Emory, 45-13, but the Eagles have won the last three meetings. Emory swept the season series a year ago – 82-73 on Jan. 31 in St. Louis and 74-73 in Atlanta on Feb. 7.

SCOUTING ROCHESTER –The Yellowjackets are one of three undefeated teams in NCAA Division III, and own the nation's second-longest winning streak at 13 games. Rochester leads the UAA in five categories: three-pointers (10.2), steals (8.8), points allowed (63.4), opponents field-goal percentage (37.4) and opponents three-point field-goal percentage (30.3). The Yellowjackets have limited opponents to less than 60 points in seven of 13 games played.

Senior guard Mack Montague (18.0 ppg), senior guard Sam Borst-Smith (16.4 ppg) and senior forward Zack Ayers (11.2 ppg) score in double figures for Rochester. Borst-Smith is tops in the UAA and second in NCAA Division III in steals (3.3), while sophomore guard Jacob Wittig is first in the UAA in three-point field-goal percentage (.481).

Luke Flockerzi is in his seventh season as head coach of the Yellowjackets, sporting an overall record of 101-57 (.639). Flockerzi has guided Rochester to two UAA titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his first six seasons. His overall coaching record (10 seasons) is 141-103 (.578). 

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Rochester 36-24, but the Yellowjackets swept the season series a year ago. Rochester won 75-73 on Jan. 29 in St. Louis, and then posted a 77-64 win in Rochester on Feb. 5.