Score: Claremont M.-S. 84, Emerson 73
Records: Emerson (4-6, 0-0 NEWMAC); Claremont (7-1, 1-0 SCIAC)
Location: Claremont, Calif. (Roberts Pavillion)
Date: December 28, 2016
The Lead: Sophomore Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) and juniors Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) and John Geary (Duxbury, Mass.) poured in 16 points each for the Lions, but a 42-point second half from Claremont M.-S. as the Emerson men's basketball team fell 84-73 to the Stags on Wednesday night at Roberts Pavillion in non conference action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gray, Sheng and Geary led the way for the Lions with 16 points each. Gray went 7-for-13 from the field with nine rebounds and five assists, while Sheng went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe with four assists. Geary went 4-for-7 in the field and 4-for-6 beyond the arc with five boards.
- Freshman Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.) contributed seven points off the bench with five boards.
- Four players on Claremont M.-S. dished out double digits in the points - Scott Lynds (23), Kendrick Morris (15), Riley Hall (13) and Miles President (11).
- Morris and Kendrick tallied double-doubles as Morris recorded 11 boards and Hall followed with 10. Lynds had four assists to match his 23 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- To begin the first half, Emerson banked 11 points through the first three minutes to gain an eight point lead over Claremont M.-S. after Geary drained his second three-point bucket.
- Lions maintained its eight point lead on a three by junior Corey Fitz (Los Altos, Calif.) at the 15:48 mark (16-8) before the Stags used a 7-0 run over the next 3:14 to come within one (16-15) after Hall tallied a layup.
- A trey from Gray pushed Emerson's lead back to seven (23-16), but Claremont M.-S. put up the next eight points to give the Stags the 24-23 lead with 9:56 left in the half.
- The Stags' biggest lead of the half was five after a Morris layup put the score at 30-25.
- Lions chipped its way back from a four point deficit with 1:32 left and came within one on a trey from Sheng that put the score 42-41 to close out the first half.
- Emerson put together a 14-6 streak through the first nine minutes of the second half to go up seven (55-48), but a three from the hands of JD Levin evened the score at 57-all and helped kickstart the Claremont M.-S. offense.
- President aired a three from downtown to give the Stags a five point advantage (62-57) before five straight points from the Lions evened the score once again (62-62).
- The Lions offense went stiff through the final 6:31 and allowed the Stags to gain a lengthy 10-point lead (77-67).
- Emerson tacked on six points through the final seconds of regulation to come within nine, but Claremont M.-S. closed out their 84-73 win on a free throw.
- To close out 2016, Emerson continues play in California on Friday, December 30 and will face Pomona-Pitzer that is slated for a 8:00 p.m. EST start.
- Claremont M.-S. closes out 2016 tomorrow, Thursday, December 29 at home against Oberlin College at 4:00 p.m. PST.
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