Score: Emerson 79, Emmanuel (Mass.) 75
Records: Emerson Lions (5-3) ; Emmanuel (Mass.) Saints (7-2)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Andy Yosinoff Court)
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Lead: Highlighted by senior Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) reaching the 1,000 career point milestone, the help of double figure efforts from four different Lions and a strong second half edged the Emerson men's basketball team past Emmanuel (Mass.), 79-75, to snap the Saints' five game win streak on Thursday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Points: O'Connor (22), Zach Waterhouse (20), Jarred Houston (19) & Nate Martin (10)
Assists: Waterhouse (5)
Rebounds: Houston (12)
Steals: Waterhouse & Martin (3)
Blocks: O'Connor & Martin (1)
Points: Emmett Riddick (28), Zach Crisafulli (15) & Marcus Fox (10)
Assists: Gio Ciampa (6)
Rebounds: Fox (10)
Steals: Crisafulli, Blake Hardy & Dan Flaherty (2)
Blocks: Jack Moulder (1)
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
-In the all-time series between Emerson and Emmanuel, the Lions improve to 22-9 overall and have now won the last seven meetings between the two programs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A seven-point Emmanuel ensued after a triple from Ciampa to push the Saints advantage to 15-8 to begin the opening half of play.
- Emerson climbed out of a seven-point hole and pieced together a 13-9 spurt over the next six minutes and claimed its first lead at 21-20 on a layup by Waterhouse.
- The Lions trailed for the remainder of the first stanza and entered the locker room down eight at 44-36.
- It took five minutes of the second half for Emerson to regain control and stay in front for good when an O'Connor jumper gave the visitors a tight 54-53 cushion.
- At the 8:46 mark, Emerson held a lead as big as 10 before the hosts narrowed the deficit down to two with 1:40 on the clock thanks to a try by Riddick (75-73).
- Waterhouse's jumper moved the score to 77-73 on the Lions' next possession before Flaherty tallied a basket with 24 seconds left to once again make it a single possession game at 77-75.
- Sophomore Trevor McLean (Boston, Mass.) took a trip to the foul line after the Saints were forced to foul and knocked down both freebies to lift Emerson to a four-point edge (79-75).
- Turnovers by both sides and a missed three-point attempt by Emmanuel helped seal the 79-75 victory for the Lions.
- Emerson returns to home action on Saturday, December 7 when the Lions host Nn. 14 Amherst at 2:00 p.m.
- Emmanuel (Mass.) wraps December home play on Tuesday, December 10 entertaining Pine Manor at 5:00 p.m.
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