Emory, Va. – The Transylvania men's basketball team endured an opening three-point onslaught from the Emory & Henry College Wasps on Tuesday night as the Pioneers suffered a 95-73 defeat at the John Rutledge King Center in its first road game of the season.
Waging a fast-paced game at the home of Emory & Henry, the Pioneers were stung early as the Wasps connected on their first six three-point attempts of the evening, building a 30-13 lead midway through the first half. The Pioneers fell behind by as many as 26 points early in the second half before mounting a comeback to whittle the deficit down to single digits, but the Wasps' initial cushion provided enough comfort in running towards their second straight victory to start the season.
Transylvania fell to 1-1 on the season following the loss against its nonconference opponent from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The Wasps were comfortable at home as they began the first 10 and a half minutes of the game shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc and 69 percent from the field. The Pioneers tried to keep pace with the Wasps, hitting 5-of-8 on two-point field goals in that same span, but could only knock down one of their first 10 three-point attempts as the crevasse grew.
Transylvania clawed back into the contest, chiseling the deficit down to 12 points with under three minutes to go in the first half following a corner three-pointer by sophomore guard Devin Twenty and a three-point play from senior guard Cooper Theobald, but the Wasps closed the half down strong, taking a 49-28 advantage to the locker room.
The three-point shot continued to provide dividends for the Wasps, who opened up the second half on a 9-4 run to craft its largest lead of the night at 58-32 two minutes into the period. Transylvania responded with a 14-5 run, keyed by three buckets from Theobald and two inside finishes from freshman center Luke Schroeder, slicing the Wasps' lead to 17.
Emory & Henry stretched the lead back to 22 before the Pioneers embarked on its largest run of the night. Sophomore guard Gavin Root hit two threeballs and Twenty hit another shot from deep as the Pioneers' three-point shooting began to thaw out, cutting the Wasps' lead to 68-60 with 10:04 remaining in the second half.
But Emory & Henry began earning trips to the free throw line with regularity following Transy's run, hitting eight free throws over the following four minutes to renew a 15-point lead. As the Pioneers tried to full-court press their opponent with time running down, the Wasps advanced the ball adeptly, finishing the game on a 13-4 run.
For the evening, the Wasps hit 11 of 19 three-pointers and shot 63 percent from the field overall. Transylvania shot 5 of 28 on shots from behind the arc and 43 percent from the floor.
Theobald led the Pioneers with 19 points on 8 for 10 shooting from the floor and added three rebounds. Sophomore guard Michael Jefferson led the Pioneers with six rebounds and was the other double-digit scorer for Transylvania with 13 points via 5 for 7 shooting from the field.
Transylvania returns to play next Monday, November 19 as it heads to Danville, Kentucky for the annual rivalry game against the Centre College Colonels. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Memorial Gymnasium.
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