NORTON, Mass. – Even with Jon Goldberg's double-double and Michael Thorpe's 14 points on the night, the Emerson Men's Basketball Team's effort fell just short in a tough 61-57 loss to Wheaton Tuesday. With the loss the Lions are now 1-2 on the year as Wheaton improves to 3-0.
The first half saw the Lions outshoot the Lyons 44 to 30% in the first 20 minutes of action with Michael Thorpe leading the way with nine points, going 3-for-5. Turnovers hurt EC though as they put up 12 in the half, which led to nine more points for Wheaton who saw Ryan Clinesmith put up eight of his own en route to a 32-30 lead at the half.
The second half saw the Lyons step up on both sides of the ball, shooting 44% while holding Emerson to only 24% in the half. While the Lions pounded the boards to scrap 20 rebounds, seven on offense for six second-chance points.
Turnovers bit the Lions again though, this time with 10 in the half to give Wheaton back 11 points as this time around it was Jaycob Morales dropping 11 points in the half to give WC the edge. James Rhodes and Jon Goldberg battled hard though as they put in six each, with two threes from Rhodes, but the effort wasn't enough to eclipse the Lyons in a 61-57 loss.
The Lions will take a break from action as they'll set to host their home opener against Wheelock next Wednesday. Tip-off time is slated for 7 p.m. in Boston at Emerson's Brown-Plofker Gym.