Score: Emerson 97, Clark 92 (OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (10-12, 4-7 NEWMAC) ; Clark Cougars (3-19, 0-11 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Lead: Senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) drained the equalizing triple with six ticks on the clock in regulation to send the game into overtime as the Emerson men's basketball team outscored the Clark Cougars 14-9 in OT and outlasted the Cougars, 97-92 in NEWMAC men's basketball action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) paced Emerson with a new career-best 26 points on 7-of-13, including 4-of-8 from the perimeter, to go along with five boards, three assists, one block and one steal.
- Following O'Connor was junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.), who put up his 10th double-double with 25 points and 14 boards along with five assists and one steal.
- Sheng canned 17 on 6-of-10 and finished 3-for-4 on the free throw line to go with four assists and three boards, while senior Corey Fitz (Los Altos, Calif.) also dished out a season-high 17 points off the bench with a 3-of-7 effort beyond the arc and eight boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks.
- Leading the way for Clark was John Pisacreta, who put up an overall game high 27 points, on 8-of-12, as three more Cougars canned double figures including Adam Converse (17), Biko Gayman (16) and Anthony Grzembski (13).
- Gayman led the Cougars with nine assists, Tyler Davern collected 10 boards and Pisacreta had four takeaways.
- Emerson shot 53.3% in the win (33-62) and converted 42.9% of its long range shots (9-21) and sank 22-of-30 from the charity line (73.3%).
- Clark finished shooting 48.6% from the field (35-72), went 11-of-26 (42.3%) from downtown and also converted 73.3% (11-15) of its shots from the free throw line.
- The Lions outdid the Cougars on the glass (38-28) and scoring within the paint (38-34), while the Cougars topped the Lions in assists (21-20).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a trio of three's, including back-to-back triples from John Pisacreta and one from Anthony Grzembski, Clark claimed an early nine point cushion (13-4).
- The Cougars held the margin at nine until 12:16 when Gray and Sheng put up a pair of buckets to close the Lions within five at 20-15.
- Emerson continued to trail Clark by seven through the midst of the half and used a three from Fitz to kickstart an 10-3 spurt as the score sat at 35-all with 1:47 on the clock.
- Through the final 1:32, the visitors put up five of the next seven of nine points as Emerson found themselves down by five (42-37) going into the half.
- At the 10:55 mark of the second half, Clark ventured into a double-figure lead at 65-55 after Luca McCormick's free throw fell through and pushed its lead to 11 at 4:56 on Grzembski's long range basket.
- With the help of a 9-3 streak that began on a layup from Gray at 3:02, the Lions put themselves back in the game with the margin now down to one (81-80) after Sheng put in a layup, forcing Clark to take a full timeout.
- Clark got on the free throw line with 11 seconds to play and saw both shots from Piscreta fall in to give the Cougars an 83-80 lead.
- Eight ticks read on the clock with Clark up three, but O'Connor found Sheng open in the top left corner as Sheng watched the equalizing triple fall through to even the score at 83-all and send the game into overtime.
- Sheng connected for Emerson's opening two baskets to start off overtime to give the Lions the 87-85 edge and were able to extend its advantage up to six (91-85) following Gray's two trips to the charity stripe.
- Up by six and overtime winding down to 36 seconds, Clark started inch back within striking distance by using Pisacreta's pair of free throws and layup from Gayman to cut Emerson's lead down to four at 93-89.
- Gayman caused more trouble for the Lions and kept Clark in the game at 95-92 after putting up a layup, but the Cougars sent both O'Connor and Fitz to the line with 21 seconds remaining to give the Lions the comeback win.
- Emerson returns to NEWMAC road play on Saturday, February 10 and head to WPI for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
- Clark heads back home on Saturday as well and will take on Coast Guard at 3:00 p.m.
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