Pittsburgh, Pa., Jan. 21, 2018 – The No. 3-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team's 104-70 victory over Carnegie Mellon University set a new school record for the most consecutive wins in which the Bears reached triple figures in scoring with its third straight during Sunday's University Athletic Association (UAA) contest in Pittsburgh.
WashU has won six-straight games and is 14-2 and 5-0 in the UAA, while Carnegie Mellon has lost seven-straight games and is 4-12 and 0-5 in the UAA. The Bears increased their road UAA winning streak to 12-consecutive contests dating back to 2015-16.
The Bears forced a season-high 27 turnovers and set a single-game school record with 21 steals. WashU finished ahead of Carnegie Mellon in several categories including field goal percentage (50.6 – 47.3), points in the paint (58-32), points off of turnovers (33-16), second chance points (19-9), bench points (50-39) and rebounds (41-33).
Senior Kevin Kucera moved into fourth place all-time in assists as he totaled six on the night, pushing his career total to 430.
WashU built a steady lead from early on as Knupp scored the initial basket of the game. The Bears flourished midway through the first half and utilized an 8-0 run to build a double-digit lead on a dunk by Schmelter on the assist from Kucera. WashU led 50-37 at the half.
The Bears managed 12 first half offensive rebounds which led to a 10-2 scoring advantage on second-chance points. WashU also totaled 28 points in the paint compared to Carnegie Mellon's 14. Nolan led all scorers with 12 points off the bench, making all four threes.
Sanders also reached double figures in the first half with 11 points to add to his streak of 26-straight games with 10 or more points. Schmelter also totaled 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting including two dunks.
The Bears lead exceeded 40 points in the second half following a three-pointer by sophomore guard Matt Nester and two successful free-throws by sophomore forward DeVaughn Rucker which made the score 85-43.
Carnegie Mellon had two players reach double figures in scoring, Zach Howarth (16) and Zach Watson (15).
WashU continues its four-game road trip on Friday, January 26, at No. 25-ranked University of Rochester. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. (ET) at the Palestra.
• WashU leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 50-9, and the Bears have won five-straight meetings
• Nolan has scored in double figures in 10-straight contests
• The Bears are 8-1 away from home this season
• Schmelter exceeded 500 career rebounds with a team-leading nine on the day.
• The previous school record for steals in a game was 20 – set in 2000 and 2008.