Score: MIT 76, Emerson 67
Records: Emerson Lions (4-13, 0-6 NEWMAC); MIT Engineers (13-4, 5-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: January 21, 2017
The Lead: Despite a team-best 20 points from sophomore Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.), the Emerson men's basketball team had their comeback come up short in a 76-67 loss to the MIT Engineers in NEWMAC action on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gray finished 7-for-18 from the floor with 20 points, game high 10 rebounds, eight assists and one steal.
- Freshman Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.) and junior Corey Fitz (Los Altos, Calif.) each chipped in 12 points off the bench as Fitz went a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
- Cameron Korb led the visiting Engineers with 24 points and went 7-for-14 on the floor, while Tim Butala had a team-best eight rebounds to match 21 points and Dakota Piere had nine assists.
- Emerson finished going 25-for-53 (47.2%) from the floor, made 9-of-21 (42.9%) three-point attempts and went 8-for-16 on the charity stripe.
- MIT shot 43.1% (25-for-58) from the field, drained 12-of-28 (42.9%) from behind the arc and were 14-of-21 (66.7%) from the free throw line.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Within the first three minutes of the first half, Emerson found themselves down 9-0 after Cameron Korb nailed three consecutive shots from downtown.
- MIT continued to stretch its lead and upped the score to 16-2 after the Engineers pieced together a 7-0 run.
- After being down as much as 17 points, Emerson's offense began to pressure MIT in the paint and on the glass as the Lions answered with a 16-6 run to cut the Engineer's once dominant lead down to seven.
- Sophomore Mac Sashin (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.) put up a trey to get the score at 32-25 with 2:12 left to play in the first before a three from Dakota Pierce got the Engineers back up by 10 (35-25).
- Emerson gained the half's final possession and cut the margin down to seven after Holding canned a three to put the score at 35-28 going into halftime.
- MIT used the opening minutes of the second half to get their lead back up to double digits and embarked on a 10-2 run (44-30).
- The Engineers kept the Lions to within double-digits at 12 until the 12:11 mark when Emerson began pick up the pace offensively and keep within single digits.
- Emerson put 17 points up to close the gap to within four after Gray sank a three to get the score to 62-58 with 5:36 to play.
- With 24 seconds left in regulation, Emerson kept within six of MIT after a trey by Geary, but MIT was able to hold off the Lions.
- Emerson gets back on the road for NEWMAC action on Wednesday, January 25 in Springfield for a 5:30 p.m. tilt.
- MIT is also on the road on Wednesday, January 25 and will head to Wheaton (Mass.) for a NEWMAC matchup at 7:00 p.m.
STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS