Men's Basketball Heads Into NEWMAC Packed Week Against Clark & WPI

Men's Basketball Heads Into NEWMAC Packed Week Against Clark & WPI

Overall: 9-12 (3-7 NEWMAC) 

Scoreboard: Wheaton (Mass.) 77, Emerson 47 | Norton, Mass. | January 31, 2018
Springfield 86, Emerson 57 | Springfield, Mass. | February 3, 2018 


Schedule: Wednesday, February 7 vs. Clark*, Boston, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats 
Saturday, February 10 at WPI*, Worcester, Mass., 2:00 p.m. | Live Stats | Video


BOSTON -
The Emerson men's basketball team returns home after a tough road trip itching to get a W back in the win column as it enters the week with a pair of conference contests against Clark and WPI. The Lions welcome the visiting Clark Cougars into Brown & Plofker tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. before heading off to WPI on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. 

 

A LOOK BACK ON THE WEEK 

  • Emerson fell in both its road contests this week and saw its overall record slip to 9-12 with a NEWMAC record of 3-7. 
  • After starting the week off with a 77-47 setback at Wheaton (Mass.) last Wednesday night, the Lions dropped a 86-57 decision to the Springfield Pride in a game that saw junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) notch his ninth double-double of 17 points and 10 boards. 

 

LIONS IN THE NEWMAC 

  • 21 games deep, Emerson averages 72.3 points per game with a 43.9% from the field to go along with a three-point percentage of 32.5% and are 71.8% at the free-throw line. 
  • The Lions pull down an average of 36.9 rebounds per game and credited with 15.4 assists. 
  • Gray, senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) and junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.) all represent Emerson and rank within the top-10 of their respective NEWMAC categories. 
  • Gray finds himself in the top-5 of six NEWMAC categories including second in points per game (19.5), total points (409) and rebounds (187), while sitting third in rebounds per game (8.9) and free throw percentage (83.3%) and is tied for fourth with Sheng in assists per game at 4.0. 
  • Sheng continues to dominate on the charity line with a NEWMAC leading 90.3% with Lantier maintaining his rim protector position and is tied for fourth in blocks per game (.9). 

 

SCOUTING THE COUGARS 

  • Clark comes into Emerson on Wednesday night with an overall record of 3-18 and 0-10 versus NEWMAC teams and are coming off an 80-67 setback at Babson last Saturday.
  • This will be the second meeting between the two teams with the first coming back on January 6 at Clark where Emerson edged out the Cougars, 97-93. 
  • The Cougars can 75.6 points per game and shoot 42.6% from the field to go along with a 33.2% three-point percentage and convert 70.7% at the free-throw line, as well as pulling down 32.5 rebounds and 14.2 assists per game. 
  • Clark has four players on its roster who average double figures with Luca McCormick anchoring the Cougars with 17.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. 
  • Biko Gayman follows with 15.4 points and a team-leading 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals, while Tyler Davern joins in with 10.8 and John Pisacretta wraps up the scoring leaders with 10.6. 
  • Adam Converse, who leads the team with a 51.9 field goal percentage, averages .7 blocks per game. 

 

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS 

  • On Saturday afternoon, Emerson will head off to Worcester to meet the WPI Engineers for the second time this season after the first meeting between the teams ended in a heartbreaking 74-73 loss at Brown & Plofker on January 17. 
  • The Engineers currently hold a 13-8 overall record to match a 7-3 record against conference opponents and most recently topped Coast Guard, 79-70, back on February 3. 
  • WPI posts 77.9 points per game (48.1% FG) with a 40.3% behind the perimeter and convert 64.5% on the free-throw line to go along with 37.2 rebounds and 16.1 assists. 
  • Leading the Cougars on the stat sheet is Chris Rodgers, who anchors the team with 12.0 points per game, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals. 
  • Reid Walker averages 6.4 rebounds per game, while Andreas Bitsos, Rodgers and Garrett Stephenson all average .4 blocks per game.

 

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