Score: Emerson 74, Springfield 70
Records: Emerson Lions (10-5, 3-1 NEWMAC) ; Springfield Pride (12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plfoker Gym)
Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2020
The Lead: Paced by Senior Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) with 21 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, the Emerson Lions took down the No.19 ranked Springfield Pride in regulation, 74-70.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Jack O'Connor: 21 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 2 Steals
Jarred Houston (Norwood, Mass.): 18 Points: 9 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Blocks
James Beckwith (Palo Alto, Calif.): 17 Points, 3 Assists, 5-5 Three Pointers
Heath Post: 19 Points, 9 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block
Jake Ross: 14 Points, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block
Trey Witter: 13 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4-5 Three Pointers
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Houston opened up the scoring for the game on a layup just 30 seconds in. Springfield scored the next 10 points behind a three point play from Daryl Costa to bring the score to 10-2 followed by a Post jumper, putting Emerson in a double digit hole.
- Beckwith connected on his first three pointer with 12 minutes remaining in the first half to cut the Springfield lead to five, and connected on his second with nine minutes remaining to give Emerson their first lead since 2-0 at 16-15.
- Springfield responded with a 9-0 run to take a 24-16 lead. A Jack O'Connor Layup with two Beckwith three pointers cut the Springfield lead to two, and the Lions went into the break down one at 32-31.
- For the first ten minutes of the second half, the Lions and Pride traded baskets and found themselves knotted at 50 before Springfield rattled off a 10-4 run to take a 60-54 lead with seven minutes remaining.
- O'Connor scored eight straight points for the Lions to cut Springfield's lead to five with five minutes left on the clock.
- Emerson trailed by three at 67-64 with just over two minutes remaining. Houston finished a layup before O'Connor connected on a three pointer to take a 2 point lead at 69-67. O'Connor stole the ball and finished through contact with 48 ticks remaining on the clock to give Emerson a late four point lead.
- Witter connected on a three pointer with 15 seconds remaining, but Trevor McLean (Boston, Mass.) and Beckwith connected on their free throws to ice the game for the Lions.
- Emerson stays at the Brown & Plofker Gym for a NEWMAC Championship rematch from 2019, when WPI visits at 5:30 on
- Springfield takes on MIT on Wednesday with a 8:00pm tip-off at MIT.