Score: Bridgewater State 74, Emerson 67 (OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (2-1) ; Bridgewater State Bears (3-2)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Clark Athletic Gym)
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
The Lead: Junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) paced the Lions offense with a double-double effort of 21 points and 10 assists along with five assists, but the Emerson men's basketball team shouldered its first loss of the season in a 74-67 overtime setback to the Bridgewater State Bears to start the 33rd Annual UMass Boston Harbor Invitational on Friday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gray finished 8-for-20 from the hardwood and 3-for-8 from beyond the arc with 21 points, 10 boards, five assists and one steal.
- Sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) tallied 15 points, going 6-for-14 on the floor, along with three assists, three boards and one steal.
- Senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) put up 10 points for Emerson to go with six boards, three takeaways and six boards and finished 4-for-12 from the field.
- Coming off the bench for the Lions was sophomore Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.), who contributed seven points three rebounds, an assist, steal and a pair of blocks.
- Bridgewater State's Joseph Carty led all scorers with 24 points and pulled down 18 boards with three steals and finished 8-for-18 on the floor, while Rayshon Ward and Rocky DeAndrade followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively as DeAndrade also recorded a team-best four assists.
- The Bears finished 25-of-61 (41.0%) shooting from the field, canned 5-of-26 (19.2%) beyond the three point line and were 73.1% (19-26) on the charity stripe.
- Emerson canned 36.5% (27-74) of its shots, going 9-of-30 (30.0% from beyond the arc and made 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
- Bridgewater State topped Emerson on the boards (48-35), while the Lions bested the Bears in assists (16-13), bench points (19-18) and tallied 18 points off turnovers to the Bears' eight.
- Both teams canned 11 second chance points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A 45.5% shooting effort from Bridgewater State lifted the Bears to a lengthy 10-point cushion of 36-26 over Emerson through the opening 20 minutes.
- The first seven minutes of the first half consisted of three ties, the last coming at 11-9 at the 14:07 mark, before Bridgewater State started to slowly pull ahead for the remainder of the half.
- Down by seven at 25-18 after trey from Dakari Wornum-Hannah at 7:52, Emerson canned the next four points on shots by O'Connor and senior Corey Fitz (Los Altos, Calif.) and moved to within three (25-22), the closest they would come within the first.
- Junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.) poured in Emerson's final four points, starting at 3:20, to bump the Lions to within four (30-26) as a Carty layup at with 57 seconds on the clock bumped the Bears to its largest lead of 10 (36-26) at the half.
- After triple from Gray at 19:25 opened the second half, Emerson used the next five and a half minutes to put together a 16-6 run that was capped off by the 42-all equalizing bucket from Gray at 14:53.
- Bridgewater State answered with a streak of their own at 11-1 and propelled its lead back into double digits (53-43) with 12:33 to play.
- Starting at the 6:20 mark, Gray poured in three points with a pair of shots from the free throw line once again locking up the score in a 61-61 tie.
- Carty sent up a layup for Bridgewater to put the game within one possession (63-61) at the 1:57 mark as Fitz answered with a trey of his own 36 seconds later to send the game into overtime at 63-63.
- The score knotted within the first several minutes of overtime, first at 65 and then at 67, before Bridgewater State held Emerson scoreless and sank all seven of its shots from the charity stripe to seal the 74-67 win.
- Emerson wraps tournament play at the UMass Boston Harbor Invitational on Saturday, November 25 where they will face an opponent to be named at a time to be announced.
- Bridgewater State takes on host UMass Boston in the champion game of the Harbor Invitational tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
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