ROCHESTER, N.Y. – John DiBartolomeo produced the highest single-game scoring performance by a Rochester men's basketball player in 20 years as he led Rochester to a 92-73 victory over Emory University at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Saturday afternoon.
DiBartolomeo scored a career-best 40 points, added nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Chris Dende scored 21 points with six rebounds. Nate Novosel had 14 points, and Nate Vernon scored 13.
Jake Davis led Emory with 21 points. Michael Friedberg scored 18 points and Austin Claunch scored 12. Claunch handed out six assists, grabbed five rebounds, and made three steals.
Rochester is 17-8 overall, 8-6 in the University Athletic Association. The Yellowjackets finished in a tie for third place with Emory (19-5, 8-6).
DiBartolmeo's total was the highest since Chris Fite scored 40 points against St. John Fisher College in 1992. The single-game record for points is 46, scored by Jonathan Jones in 1988. Gordon Turner scored 45 points in 1974, and Jones had 43 in 1986. Turner scored 40 in 1973.
Rochester shot 57.4% from the floor (27-47), 61.1% outside the arc (11-18) and made 27 of 30 free throws. DiBartolomeo sank 11 of 15 floor shots, 4 of 4 outside the arc, and 14 of 15 free throws. Dende was six of eight outside the arc.
Davis sank a three-pointer to give Emory its largest lead, 30-24, with 6:24 left in the first half. The Yellowjackets closed the half on an 18-3 run for a 42-33 lead at the break. DiBartolomeo made a four-point play and hit a jumper in the lane. Dende hit a pair of three-pointers, and Novosel scored six points on a jumper, a tip-in, and a layup.
Down by 19, Emory went on a 12-1 run over four minutes midway through the second half with Friedberg scoring eight of the 12 points. The Eagles drew within 59-51, with 7:41 left.
Dende made a conventional three-point play, a twisting layup and a free throw. Thirty seconds later, the Emory bench was assessed two technical fouls and DiBartolomeo sank all four free throws. That sequence was the biggest part of a 9-0 burst that restored the Rochester lead to 17, 68-51.