Score: Emerson 89, Wheaton (Mass.) 86
Records: Emerson Lions (9-7, 4-1 NEWMAC) ; Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons (8-7, 3-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: January 18, 2023
The Lead: Graduates Nate Martin and Jarred Houston registered a combined 54 points as the Emerson men's basketball team got back in the win column and locked down the tight 89-86 NEWMAC victory over Wheaton (Mass.) on Wednesday night at Brown & Plofker Gym.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Martin: 24 points
Houston: 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists
Max Davis: 16 points, two steals
Trevor Arico: two steals
Alex Carlisle: 26 points
Ty Murphy: 20 points
Evan Cook: 18 points, three assists
Aaron Williams: 12 rebounds, two blocks
Eoin Morrisey: three assists
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Within the first 3:54 of the opening half, Emerson and Wheaton exchanged the lead five times before a basket from Houston set the Lions on a 19-8 spark that gave the hosts the 10-point 26-16 cushion.
- Wheaton cut Emerson's double-digit margin all the way down to one three times before back-to-back layups from Khaled Thaher pushed the Lyons in front at 31-30 with 4:28 on the clock.
- The Lions wasted no time separating themselves from the visitors and spread a 13-6 run within the final 3:49 of the half and entered the break on top by six at 43-37.
- A tightly contested 8:11 to start off the second half saw eight lead changes when at 11:48, Carlisle's trip to the free throw line started a quick 5-0 spurt and pushed Wheaton to their biggest lead at 63-59.
- Emerson continued to trail over the next several minutes, but kept within striking distance with the margin never going over two. At the 3:41 mark, five points from Martin and a tripled from Davis boosted Emerson back in front by five at 82-77.
- After Carlisle dished a trey at the 52 second mark, Emerson held the one-point edge at 82-81. The Lions answered with another five-point spark from Martin with 39 seconds to move the score to 86-81.
- Carlisle kept Wheaton alive in the final 21 seconds with a triple and layup as Emerson's lead narrowed to two at 88-86.
- Freshman Brendan McNamara drained a free throw to move Emerson's edge to three and held as Wheaton's final shot attempt hit the top of the backboard to secure the 89-86 win.
- Emerson continue their quick home stand with a NEWMAC matchup against MIT on Saturday, January 21st with tip-off at 1:00 p.m.