Score: Tufts 80, Emerson 78 (OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (1-1) ; Tufts Jumbos (1-0)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: November 12, 2022
The Lead: Graduate Jarred Houston paced all scorers with a game-high 26 points followed by an additional 18 from graduate Nate Martin, but the Emerson men's basketball team were outlasted in overtime, 80-78, by Tufts on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Houston: 26 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks & four assists
Martin: 18 points, four assists
Ben Allen: 10 rebounds
Dylan Thoerner: 23 points
Tyler Aronson: five assists, one block & eight rebounds
Trumann Gettings: two steals
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a quick jumper from Beckwith, Emerson faced a five-point deficit within the first several minutes of the half when Tufts went on a 7-0 streak to take the early 7-2 lead.
- Failed trips to the free throw stripe and missed shots by the Jumbos allowed Emerson to answer with a 7-2 spurt and level the score at 9-all.
- Over the next nine minutes, Emerson pieced together a 16-6 run that capped off by a triple from Martin to push their lead into double-figures at 25-10. The Lions kept the Jumbos at bay and allowed them only 10 points through the remainder of the opening half.
- With 50 ticks left on the clock, sophomore Trevor Arico's trifecta extended the host's advantage to their largest of the half at 16 as the score sat at 41-25 at the break.
- The beginnings of the second half saw Tufts get themselves in striking distance due to Emerson's offense going cold over four minute span. The Jumbos pieced together a 13-1 run to close within six at 48-42.
- A pair of free throw and lay up with 4:43 on the clock evened the game at 57-all, but a corner three from Arico lifted the Lions back up three at 70-67. Houston's dunk with 1:25 left gave Emerson another three-point lead at 63-63, but the Jumbos used a three from Thoerner to lock the game at 66-all.
- Houston missed the potential game-winning pair of free throws followed by a missed jumper from Thoerner to move the game in overtime.
- Houston, Martin, Allen and Beckwith combined for eight points with two and a half minutes gone in overtime to push Emerson to the 74-71 edge.
- Tufts leveled the game two more times, the first at 75-all and the last time at 78-all when Henry watched his layup fall through with two ticks on the clock. Aronson converted the layup and drew the and-one, but missed the free throw as the Jumbos snagged the 80-78 lead.
- Emerson was unable to get another shot up and fell to Tufts, 80-78.
- Emerson eyes a return to the win column on Wednesday, November 16th when they host Bridgewater State at 5:00 p.m.