Men's Basketball Looks To Remain Perfect In NEWMAC Against No. 11 MIT And Springfield

Men's Basketball Looks To Remain Perfect In NEWMAC Against No. 11 MIT And Springfield

Overall: 8-5 (2-0 NEWMAC)

Scoreboard: Emerson 87, Coast Guard 79 | Boston, Mass. | January 3, 2018
Emerson 97, Clark 93 | Worcester, Mass. | January 6, 2018

Schedule: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 vs. No. 11 MIT*, Cambridge, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats | Video 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 vs. Springfield*, Boston, Mass., 1:00 p.m. | Live Stats 

BOSTON - With the first week of 2018 in the books, the Emerson men's basketball team wrapped up action with a pair of NEWMAC wins over Coast Guard and Clark. Emerson continues on with its NEWMAC slate this week both home and on the road starting with a matchup against the No. 11 MIT Engineers in Cambridge on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., the Lions return back to Brown & Plofker to host Springfield. 

 

TWO WINS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

  • After locking up a pair of NEWMAC victories over Coast Guard on Wednesday and Clark on Saturday, Emerson moved its overall record fo 8-5 and are 2-0 in conference play.
  • With a little help of a double-double effort of 22 points and 13 rebounds from junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.), the Lions opened up 2018 with a bang and snapped Coast Guard's eight game win steak with a 87-79 victory over the Bears. 
  • The Purple then headed off to Worcester for its first conference road tilt at Clark where sophomore Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.) contributed a career-best 22 points to push the Lions past the Cougars, 97-93. 

 

LIONS IN THE NEWMAC 

  • Through 12 games, Emerson averages 77.8 points per game for a field goal percentage of 44.6% to go along with a 33.3% beyond the arc and 70.6 free-throw percentage. 
  • The Lions pull down 40.8 rebounds per game and are credited with 16.2 assists per contest. 
  • Emerson continues to represent in both offensive and defensive categories with five players stacking up gainst the competition, including Gray, Holding, sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.), senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) and junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.). 
  • Gray leads the Lions with a top-10 spot within six categories on both ends, including second in points per game (20.3), rebounds per game (9.0), total points (264) and rebounds (117), while sitting sixth in free throw percentage (82.4%) and 10th in steals per game (1.2). 
  • O'Connor rounds out the top-10 in points per game, averaging 15.6, with a total of 203 points through 12 games (8th). 
  • Sheng continues to display his strength on the free throw line with a NEWMAC leading 91.8% on the stripe. 
  • Both Lantier and Holding have become defenders of the glass with Lantier blocking a NEWMAC fourth best 1.2 shots per game, while Holding rejects .6 per contest (tied 9th). 

 

GRAY LOCKS UP NEWMAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

  • For the second time this season, Gray had a performance on the court that was deserving of a NEWMAC accolade and was named Defensive Player of the Week for competition ending on January 7. 
  • Gray earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor to start off the season back on November 20, 2017. 
  • The junior was a vital asset within the Lions 2-0 NEWMAC start with wins over Coast Guard and Clark as he averaged 20 points a game, 13.5 rebounds and six assists and a pair of double double efforts.

 

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS 

  • The MIT Engineers, who are currently ranked No. 11 in the D3Hoops.com National Poll, hold a record of 12-1 and a 2-0 in NEWMAC action. 
  • Winners of nine straight, the Engineers have not lost since November 25, 2017 when they were edged out by Keene State, 67-63. 
  • MIT has racked up a field goal percentage of 52.2% and average 82.2 points per game with a 43.8% behind the arc and see 74.3% of its shots from the free throw line fall through. 
  • The Engineers also pull down an average of 35.2 boards and are credited with 16.8 assists a game.
  • Four players on the Engineers currently average 10+ points per game including Cameron Korb (16.5), Bradley Jomard (15.2), Hamilton Forsythe (14.9) and AJ Jurko (11.7). 
  • Jomard also leads the team with 6.0 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, while Jurko leads the team with 1.2 takeaways and Time Roberts grabs an average of 6.2 rebounds. 
  • Emerson found themselves on the other end of an 2-0 season series record against MIT and were topped 76-67 in the first meeting at home on January 21, 2017 and came up short in a 74-70 overtime loss at MIT on February 15, 2017. 

 

SCOUTING THE PRIDE 

  • Springfield has posted a record of 7-6 through 13 contests and are 1-1 against NEWMAC competition with its most recent win coming in a 98-75 victory over Wheaton on Saturday.
  • Before the Pride head to Boston, they will meet Clark on the hardwood on Wednesday night. 
  • With a field goal percentage of 43.0, Springfield racks up 70.4 points per game with 31.0% of its shots coming on the three-point line and 70.5% come from the charity stripe. 
  • The Pride also collects 36.5 boards per contest with 13.4 assists. 
  • Jake Ross anchors Springfield on both ends with 23.8 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals. 
  • Heath Post follows with 12.2 points per game and 1.1 blocks, while Andy McNulty has put up 10.1 points. 
  • In nine meetings between Emerson and Springfield, the Lions trail 3-6 as they were swept in the season series last year. 
  • Springfield picked up a 77-60 win at home back on January 25, 2017 before Emerson fell 82-62 at home on February 11, 2017. 

 

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