Score: Springfield 86, Emerson 57
Records: Emerson Lions (9-11, 3-6 NEWMAC) ; Springfield Pride (14-6, 8-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
The Lead: Junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) dished out a double-double with an overall game high 17 points and 12 boards for the Lions as the Emerson men's basketball team were topped by the Springfield Pride, 86-57, in NEWMAC road action on Saturday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gray canned a team-best 17 points with an additional 10 rebounds, while freshman Jacob Ries (Mesa, Ariz.) contributed a season-high 10 points.
- For Springfield, they had five different players in double figures including Jake Ross with 15 points and 14 boards, followed by Heath Post (15), Brandon Eckles (13), Andy McNulty (13) and Ben Diamond (10).
- Post added three blocks to his double double, while McNulty also registered six assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After back-to-back triples from Cam Earle and McNulty fell through, Emerson were in a 12 point hole at 16-4 just over five minutes into the game.
- Emerson answered with eight consecutive points to inch within four at 16-12 at the 10:57 mark after Gray canned a jumper.
- The Lions remained within five with 8:51 on the clock at 19-14, but Springfield surged for a 10-0 burst over the next 2:12 to propel its cushion to 15 after a jumper by Post.
- Springfield extended its lead up to 40-22 with 1:28 to play in the opening half as Emerson went into the second half down 45-26.
- Just 2:16 into the half, Emerson saw Springfield gain a hefty 51-28 lead and extend its lead even more after the Pride connected on the perimeter on three straight possessions with the advantage now up to 62-33 at the 15:31 mark.
- Emerson's deficit reached 33 after Trey Witter drew a three-point play at 12:16 (69-36) and would not come any closer than 24 as the Pride sealed the victory.
- Emerson returns back to Boston on Thursday, February 7 and welcomes Clark for a 7:00 p.m. conference tilt.
- Springfield will be in road action on Wednesday night against Wheaton (Mass.) at 7:00 p.m.
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