Score: MIT 74, Emerson 70 (OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (6-18, 2-11 NEWMAC); MIT Engineers (19-5, 11-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
Date: February 15, 2017
The Lead: Four members of the Lions posted double-figures in points for the Emerson men's basketball team, including a team-best 18 from sophomore Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.), 17 from junior John Geary (Duxbury, Mass.) and 11 each freshman Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.) and junior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.), but it was not enough as the Engineers bested the Lions in a 74-70 overtime victory on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gray, who poured in a game-high 18 points, finished 7-for-13 from the floor to match a game-best nine defensive boards and went 2-for-4 beyond the arc and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
- Geary went 6-for-11 from the field, 3-for-6 from behind the three-point line and chipped in 17 points to go along with three rebounds and one assist.
- Both Sheng and Holding put up 11 points apiece and went a combined 7-of-15 on the floor with eight rebounds, 10 assists and two steals.
- Four out of five MIT starters banged out double-digits in points and was led by 17 points from AJ Jurko. Jurko also had six boards, three assists and two steals.
- Spencer Rust tallied 14 points, while Tim Butala and Bradley Jomard each chipped in 12 points and Tim Roberts registered a team-best nine boards.
- Emerson outshot MIT on the floor (46.3%-41.5%), while they made 25-of-54 shot attempts with 34 boards, 11 assists, 18 points within the paint and 15 bench points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- MIT held an eight-point cushion at 22-14 after Butala canned a jumper with 4:38 remaining in the first half.
- Emerson followed up with a 12-2 push that was capped off by the go-ahead three from Holding to give the Lions a short 26-24 lead.
- With six ticks left in the half, the Engineers squared the game 26-all on a trey from Jomard.
- The Lions pieced together a 15-4 run to put themselves in front by five after the Engineers had taken the 35-29 advantage.
- The Engineers began to chip the Lions 10-point lead of 53-43 down with just 4:26 on the clock within the second half.
- Emerson held the three-point edge with 12 seconds left in regulation, but a triple from Jomard evened the scored at xx to sent the game into overtime.
- The Lions racked up four points in the early minutes of overtime before Jurko put up the go-ahead shot to push the Engineers in front, 64-62.
- The score was squared three more times, including the last time at 70-70 on a jumper by Gray.
- MIT broke the tie and nailed the next three points to go up 73-70 with 28 seconds left in overtime before a shot from the charity stripe by Jurko sealed the Lions 74-70 loss.
- Emerson concludes its 2016-2017 season on Saturday, February 18 in one final NEWMAC tilt against Wheaton (Mass.) that will be played at 6:00 p.m. at Suffolk University's Regan Gymnasium.
- MIT heads off to No. 1 Babson on Saturday, February 18 for its regular season finale at 3:00 p.m.
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