Overall: 9-8 (3-3 NEWMAC)
Scoreboard: WPI 74, Emerson 73 | Boston, Mass. | January 17, 2018
Emerson 79, Wheaton (Mass.) 78 | Boston, Mass. | January 20, 2018
BOSTON - The Emerson men's basketball team is coming off a week full of down-to-the wire and nail biting contests where they came away with a split in contests against WPI and Wheaton (Mass.). Looking ahead to its final week of January action, the Lions are about to embark into another week full of NEWMAC matchups. Starting on Wednesday night, the Lions will go head to head with the defending NCAA Division III champion in Babson at 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Purple comes back to its home hardwood for a rematch against the No. 12 MIT Engineers at 3:00 p.m.
LOOKING BACK ON THE WEEK
- Emerson took a 1-1 split through a pair of contests against WPI and Wheaton (Mass.) to put their overall record at 9-8 and hold an even 3-3 NEWMAC record.
- The Lions were a buzzer away from snagging a comeback victory over the visiting WPI Engineers last Wednesday to kick off its home stand, but the Engineers notched the game winning buzzer beater for the second meeting in a row to down the Lions, 79-78.
- On Saturday afternoon, Emerson played comeback ball once again, but this time came out on the winning end over Wheaton (Mass.) and held on to top the Lyons, 79-78.
- Backed by stellar 25 point efforts from both junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, Mass.) along with 15 points from senior John Geary (Duxbury, Mass.) and 10 from sophomore Mac Sashin (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), the Lions were able to overcome several double-figure deficits to take down the visiting Lyons.
- O'Connor filled his impressive stat line with not only 25 points on 6-of-12, but shot 6-of-8 from the three-point line and was a perfect 6-of-6 on the charity stripe.
LIONS IN THE NEWMAC
- Through 17 games, Emerson racks up an average of 76.0 points per game (44.8 field goal %) to go along with a three-point percentage of 34.4%and convert 72.8% from the free throw stripe and pull down 38.1 rebounds and are credited with 16.1 assists.
- The Lions represent well within the top-10 of NEWMAC offensive and defensive categories with four players representing the Purple and includes Gray, O'Connor, senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) and junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.).
- Leading the way with a spot in six categories is Gray, who ranks second in points per game (20.5), rebounds per game (9.0), rebounds (153), points (348), free throw percentage (83.5%) and sits tied for third in assists per game (4.3).
- Following Gray in four categories is O'Connor, who eighth in points (269), ninth in points per game (15.8) and free throw percentage (75.0%) and 10th in rebounds (95).
- Lantier continues to defend the rim with a NEWMAC fourth-best .4 blocks per game, while Sheng puts up a NEWMAC leading 91.2% on the free throw stripe and takes the fifth spot in assists per game (4.2).
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
- The defending NCAA Division III champion Babson Beavers enter Wednesday's contest with a record of 9-8 and are 4-2 against NEWMAC opponents having dropped its last pair of games.
- Babson was most recently edged out by No. 12 MIT in a 80-78 setback last Saturday.
- The Beavers currently have five players on its roster who average double figures per game, including Nick Comenale (18.6), Bradley Jacks (15.8), Brandon Johnson (11.2), Tim Hasbargen (11.0) and Andrew Jaworski (10.7).
- Comenale and Jacks each led the team defensively with 1.5 blocks per game, while Johnson paces the Beavers with 7.1 rebounds and Chris Lowry is credited with an average of 5.0 assists per game.
- In last season's series, Babson came away with the sweep as the Beavers notched an 100-76 win at Emerson back on January 4, 2017 before snagging the 78-42 win on January 28, 2017 at home.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
- MIT continues to dominate as they sit No. 12 in division three according to the d3hoops.com poll and post an on overall record of 15-2 through 17 games and are 5-1 versus conference teams.
- Back on January 17, Springfield handed MIT its first NEWMAC loss in a 68-65 setback that caused them to move back to No. 12 from the No. 9 spot.
- The Engineers got back into the win column on Saturday as they narrowly edged out Babson on the road, 80-78.
- MIT has four players on its roster with 10+ points per game consisting of Hamilton Forsynthe (16.9), Bradley Jomard (16.3), Cameron Korb (14.9) and AJ Jurko (11.5).
- On top of pacing the Engineers with 16.3 points per game, Jomard also anchors the Maroon & Gray with 6.4 assists and 1.1 blocks, while Jurko leads with 1.8 steals per contest and Tim Roberts pulls down 6.2 rebounds a game.
- In the last meeting between MIT and Emerson on January 10, the Engineers handed the Lions their first NEWMAC loss in an 83-69 setback at Rockwell Cage.
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