Score: Emerson 79, Wheaton (Mass.) 78
Records: Emerson Lions (9-8, 3-3 NEWMAC) ; Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons (10-6, 2-4 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Lead: Backed by an overall game-high 25 points from both junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newton, Mass.) with an additional 15 points from senior John Geary (Duxbury, Mass.) and 10 points from sophomore Mac Sashin (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), the Emerson men's basketball team overcame several double digit deficits to take down the visiting Wheaton Lyons in a 79-78 victory on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Leading the pack with a double double of 25 points and 10 boards was Gray, who finished the day 9-of-17 and 6-of-6 on the free throw line to go along with two assists and a steal.
- O'Connor put up an impressive stat line of a season-high 25 points on 6-of-12, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe with seven boards, one assist and one block.
- Sashin finished with 10 points and seven rebounds with Geary rounding out the stat leaders with 15 points including going 3-for-6 from deep with one rebound.
- Pacing Wheaton's was Liam Bruno with 21 points, while Ryan Fogarty with 20 points, Riley Tetreault with 12 and Duaka Ekwensi adding 11.
- Fogarty and Alex DuBrown led the Lyons with five assists each with Tetreault and Ekwensi pulling down nine boards and DuBrow also blocking a team-best two blocks.
- Emerson finished the day shooting 51.7% from the floor (27-61) with a three-point percentage of 47.6% (10-21) and converted all 15 of its shots from the free throw line.
- In the loss for Wheaton, the Lyons finished 44.3% overall on the floor, including a 34.8% from the perimeter and went 8-of-16 from the charity line (50.0%).
- Both Emerson and Wheaton pulled down 31 boards apiece with the Lyons topping the Lions in assists (21-17) and within the paint (38-24).
- Emerson committed a mere four turnovers to Wheaton's seven.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wheaton commanded the opening half and took their lead into double figures at 10 (16-6) at the 13:32 mark after Tetreault put in a layup.
- Emerson was able to inch back within single digits at nine (21-12) thanks to a jumper from Gray at 10:36, but Wheaton answered with its own 13-6 run to propel themselves to its biggest lead of 16 on a David Carbonello trey (34-18).
- The hosts began to erase the Lyons 16-point lead and knocked it down to single digits once again through the remaining minutes of the half.
- Starting with a pair of shots by Geary from the line, Emerson tallied 17 points through the closing five minutes and inched within five (42-37) to close out the first.
- Wheaton bumped its lead back into double digits at 10 (51-41) at 16:44 after Tetreault's jumper as Emerson surged together another offense attack and pulled back within four (51-47) on Geary's triple at 15:14 and again at the 13:48 mark (53-49) on O'Connor's free throws.
- The visitors kept putting the pressure on the Lions and yet again ventured into double digits, this time at 12 (68-56) thanks to a 15-5 spurt capped off by Tetreault's jumper with 8:52 left to play.
- Wheaton held the 76-66 lead with just under four minutes to go in regulation, but Emerson managed to hold the Lyons scoreless and used the remaining four minutes to play comeback ball.
- With a little help of a 10-0 streak, Geary canned the equalizing triple from the top of the key to knot the game 76-all with 1:49 on the clock.
- At 1:16, Fogarty missed the go-ahead triple that put the ball back into Emerson's hands.
- After Gray initially missed his jumper, freshman Jacob Ries (Mesa, Ariz.) grabbed a pivotal offensive rebound and handed the ball off to O'Connor, who saw his sixth triple fall in for the go-ahead basket to put the Lions up 79-76 with 46 seconds left.
- Wheaton answered nine seconds later as Bruno put up a trey to bring the Lyons within one 79-78, but the Lions came away with the 79-78 win as Tetreault's jumper knicked the rim as the buzzer sounded.
- Emerson hits the road on Wednesday, January 24 and heads to Babson for a NEWMAC contest slated for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
- Wheaton (Mass.) is also in road action on Wednesday night and steps out of conference play to take on Dean at 7:00 p.m.
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