Overall: 9-10 (3-5 NEWMAC)
Scoreboard: Babson 84, Emerson 72 | January 24, 2018 | Babson Park, Mass.
No. 12 MIT 78, Emerson 51 | January 27, 2018 | Boston, Mass.
BOSTON - After a pair of tough conference setbacks last week, the Emerson men's basketball closes the book on January and enters February play with rematches against Wheaton (Mass.) and Springfield. Emerson starts off the week on Wednesday night in a Battle of the Lions at Wheaton (Mass.) at 6:00 p.m. The Lions open February at Springfield on Saturday afternoon in a 6:00 p.m. matchup.
A LOOK BACK ON THE WEEK
- Emerson dropped a pair of conference matchups this past week and saw its record move to 9-10 overall and are now 3-5 in NEWMAC play.
- The Lions went head-to-head against the defending NCAA Division III Champion in Babson last Wednesday and were topped 84-72 in a game that saw senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) match his career-best total of 30 points.
- No. 12 MIT rolled into Brown & Plofker on Saturday for the Lions second conference contest of the week, but the Purple found themselves on the end of a 78-51 setback on its home hardwood despite junior Geoffrey Gray's (Newton, Mass.) 22 points and nine rebounds.
LIONS IN THE NEWMAC
- Through 19 games, Emerson has shot 44.7% from the field and puts up an average of 74.5 points per game to go along with a three-point percentage of 33.6% and are 72.6% on the free-throw line.
- The Lions also pull down an average of 37.0 boards per game with 15.8 assists.
- Gray continues to lead the Lions and finds himself within the top 10 of six NEWMAC categories, including points per game, rebounds per game, total points, free throw percentage, total rebounds and assists per game.
- He ranks second in points per game (20.2), points (384), rebounds per game (8.9), free throw percentage (84.6) and rebounds (169), while ranking third in assists per game (4.2).
- Sheng sits in the top spot in free throw percentage with a NEWMAC leading 90.3% and is tied for second in assists per game with 4.3.
- Junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.) remains consistent in rim protection and comes in at the fourth spot with .4 blocks per game.
LANTIER NAMED LION OF THE WEEK
- For competition ranging during the week of January 21-28, Lantier has been named Lion of the Week for the first time this season.
- Through 12 minutes on the floor against Babson, Lantier contributed six points, including 2-of-3 from the free-throw line, as he matched his season high with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
- Wheaton (Mass.) enters its contest with Emerson posting an overall record of 11-8 with a NEWMAC record of 3-5.
- The Lyons most recently traveled to WPI last Saturday where they were edged out, 79-76, by the Engineers.
- Wheaton (Mass.) puts up an average of 75.3 points per game and shoots 45.4% with a three-point percentage of 31.4% and convert 70.9% from the free throw line while the Lyons pull down 33.1 rebounds and are credited with 12.2 assists.
- The Lyons have three players on their roster posting double figures per game, including Ryan Fogarty leading the way with 17.5 with Liam Bruno following behind at 15.5 and Duaka Ekwensi contributing 11.5.
- Ekwensi also leads the Lyons with 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and .4 blocks, while Alex DuBrow rounds out the stat leaders with 3.1 assists and .4 blocks.
- In the last meeting between Wheaton (Mass.) and Emerson back on January 20, the Lions locked up a key NEWMAC triumph on its hardwood and held on for the 79-78 win.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
- Currently riding a seven-game win streak, Springfield has an overall record of 13-6 to match a 7-1 record against NEWMAC opponents.
- Before facing Emerson on Saturday, Springfield will welcome Coast Guard for a conference matchup on Wednesday night.
- The Pride shoot 45.7% from the field and average 74.5 points per game to go with a long range percentage of 33.3% and are 72.6% on the free-throw line.
- The Pride also grab an average of 37.2 rebounds per contest along with being credited with 15.1 assists per game.
- Springfield has three players on the roster boosting double figures in points including Jake Ross anchoring the Pride with 24.5 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
- Heath Post follows with 12.1 points and 1.6 blocks and Andy McNulty averages 11.0 points.
- Back on the first meeting on January 13 at Emerson, Springfield came away with the 80-60 victory over the Lions.
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