Lexington, Ky. – Five Pioneers scored in double figures as the Transylvania men's basketball team cruised to a 97-71 victory over the Emory & Henry University Wasps in the team's 2019-20 home opener at the Beck Center on Friday night.
The Pioneers were led by Gabe Schmitt, who tallied 20 points on an 8-for-12 shooting performance from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point land to go along with six assists in the victory. Zach Larimore contributed to the Pioneers' efforts by grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and scoring 14 points in 24 minutes of action.
With the win, the Pioneers improve to 3-0 overall on the young season while the Wasps suffered their first loss of the season, dropping their record to 1-1.
The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the opening minute of play via back-to-back baskets from Larimore and Luke Schroeder. Fueled by eight quick points from Schroeder, Transylvania pushed its lead over Emory & Henry out to 14-10, six minutes into the game.
The Wasps came swarming back to take a 40-39 lead over the Pioneers following a pair of three-point baskets in the final minute of the first half. Lucas Gentry drained a pair of free throws with just one second remaining on the clock to reclaim the lead for Transylvania at the break.
Leading 41-40, the Pioneers went on an offensive onslaught throughout the second half, outscoring the Wasps, 56-31. Transylvania knocked down seven three-pointers in the second half to accelerate the separation. For the game, the Pioneers shot a blistering 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range.
With three and a half minutes left in the game, the Pioneers extended their lead to the largest of the night at 90-63 when Spencer Hemmerich was fouled on a drive to the basket. The junior finished the layup and knocked down the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Gentry added 16 points off the bench for the Pioneers on a 6-for-10 shooting performance to go along with six rebounds. Michael Jefferson turned in a well-balanced performance that included 15 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the Transylvania victory, while Dominique Turner finished the night with 10 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.
In addition to the Pioneers' potent shooting performance, Transylvania also outrebounded the Wasps 51-32 on the evening.
The Pioneers will continue their current homestand with a matchup against the rival Centre College Colonels on Wednesday, November 20. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Beck Center.
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