Men's Basketball Rolls On With NEWMAC Home Action Against WPI And Wheaton (Mass.)

Men's Basketball Rolls On With NEWMAC Home Action Against WPI And Wheaton (Mass.)

Overall: 8-7 (2-2 NEWMAC)

Scoreboard: No. 9 MIT 83, Emerson 69 | Cambridge, Mass. | January 10, 2018
Springfield 80, Emerson 60 | Boston, Mass. | January 13, 2018

Schedule: Wednesday, January 17 vs. WPI*, 5:30 p.m., Boston, Mass. | Live Stats 
Saturday, January 20 vs. Wheaton*, 3:00 p.m., Boston, Mass. | Live Stats 

BOSTON - With another week full of NEWMAC contests, the Emerson men's basketball team will battle it out in a pair of conference matchups against WPI and Wheaton on their home hardwood. Starting on Wednesday night, the Lions look to snag a win over the visiting WPI Engineers in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Lions will wrap up the week in a Saturday afternoon contest at 3:00 p.m. against the Lyons of Wheaton (Mass.) at 3:00 p.m. 

 

LOOKING BACK ON THE WEEK 

  • Emerson found themselves on the end of two setbacks last week and put their overall record at 8-7 with a NEWMAC record of 2-2, ranking fourth within the conference behind MIT, Babson and Springfield. 
  • The Lions headed across town to Cambridge to take on No. 9 MIT on Wednesday night where the Engineers handed the Lions its first NEWMAC loss in an 83-69 setback. 
  • Despite an overall game-high 19 points from junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.), Emerson suffered a 80-60 defeat on its home court from the visiting Springfield Pride last Saturday. 

 

LIONS IN THE NEWMAC 

  • Converting 44.5% of its shots through 15 contests, Emerson averages 76.0 points per game with three-point percentage of 33.1% and sees 71.5% of its free throws fall through. 
  • The Lions collect an average of 39.2 rebounds per game to go along with 15.9 assists per contest. 
  • Four games deep into its conference schedule, the Lions continue to have five players rank within the top-10 of their respective categories including Gray, sophomores Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) and Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.), senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) and junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.). 
  • Gray represents Emerson in a team-leading six categories including second in both points per game (20.3), rebounds per game (9.1), total points (305) and total rebounds (136), third in steals per game (4.2) and sixth in free throw percentage (83.1%). 
  • Sheng remains in the top spot within the conference shooting an impressive 92.5% on the charity stripe and is tied in third with Gray with 4.2 steals per game. 
  • O'Connor follows Gray tied in eighth spot in total points (229), while both Lantier and Holding impress on the glass with Lantier blocking 1.0 shots per game (4th) and Holding with .6 (t-9th). 

 

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS 

  • The WPI Engineers head to Boston on Wednesday holding an record identical record of 8-7 and 2-2 in conference play and are winners of their last two games with its last win coming at Coast Guard last Saturday, 90-64. 
  • The Engineers can 77.9 points per game with a shooting percentage of 47.1% to match a 39.6% from beyond the arc and convert 65.1% of its free throws, while they pull down an average of 39.0 rebounds and are credited with 16.1 assists per game. 
  • Leading WPI on the stat sheet is Chris Rodgers and Jake Needleman with Rodgers pacing the offense with 10.9 points per game along with 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals, while Needleman has racked up a NEWMAC fourth best three-point percentage of 50.0%.
  • Reid Walker grabs a team-leading 6.5 rebounds a game and Andreas Bitsos blocks .5 shots per game.
  • WPI swept Emerson last year in the season series, picking up an 86-64 win in Worcester on January 14, 2017 before narrowly edging out the Lions on its home court, 62-61, on February 1, 2017. 

 

BATTLE OF THE LYONS

  • The Lyons of Wheaton (Mass.) have posted an overall record of 9-5 and are 1-3 in NEWMAC action.
  • Emerson is facing off against a Wheaton team who has lost its last three contests with its most recent setback coming at the hands of No. 9 MIT, 91-65, last Saturday and head to Babson on Wednesday before coming to Boston. 
  • Through 14 games, Wheaton drains an average of 73.6 points per game (44.0%) to go along with a three-point percentage of 29.6% and have found success on the free throw line at 71.7%. 
  • The Lyons also collect 33.7 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game. 
  • Leading the way with a NEWMAC second best field goal percentage of 57.9% is Duaka Ekwensi, who also has a stat line that features a team-leading 12.6 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and .4 blocks. 
  • Ryan Fogarty and Liam Bruno follow with double figures in points at 15.6 and 15.2, respectively, while Alex DuBrow leads the Lyons with 3.1 assists and is tied with Ekwensi at .4 blocks. 
  • Emerson and Wheaton split the season series last year as the Lyons took the 70-61 win on January 18, 2017 before the Lions snagged a win at Brown & Plofker on February 18, 2017, 83-78. 

 

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