Weekly Preview - Men's Basketball Schedule Heats Up With Three Games in Five Days

Weekly Preview - Men's Basketball Schedule Heats Up With Three Games in Five Days

Overall: 3-1 (0-0 NEWMAC)



Emerson 73, Suffolk 58 | Boston, Mass. | November 21, 2017

Bridgewater State 74, Emerson 67 (OT) | Boston, Mass. | November 24, 2017

Emerson 94, Fisher 70 | Boston, Mass. | November 25, 2017



Tuesday, November 28 at Dean, Franklin, Mass., 7:00 p.m.  | Live Stats | Video

Thursday, November 30 at Emmanuel (Mass.), Boston, Mass., 7:00 p.m. | Live Stats

Saturday, December 2 vs. Amherst, Boston, Mass., 2:00 p.m. | Live Stats


BOSTON - Off to its best start since the 2013-14 season, the Emerson men's basketball team carries momentum into its second week of action with a trio of non-conference opponents. The Lions begin the week on the road with contests at Dean on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. followed by an across town matchup at Emmanuel (Mass.) at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. On Saturday afternoon, the Lions return home to open its December schedule for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off against Amherst.



  • Before the holiday, Emerson grabbed its second win of the year on its home court against the neighboring Suffolk by the score of 73-58 where sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) cashed in a career-best 24 points.

  • Emerson took part in the UMass-Boston Harbor Invitational on Friday and Saturday and came away with a split.

  • The Lions started off tournament action on Friday night against Bridgewater State but were edged out in overtime, 74-67, before they picked up a 94-70 triumph in the consolation matchup against Fisher.


  • Through its first four games of a young 2017-18 campaign, Emerson is off to its best start in three years since the 2013-14 season.

  • The Lions average a NEWMAC third best 83.3 points per game to go along with a shooting percentage of 46.7%.

  • Emerson has also found much success beyond on the arc and have canned 35.2% of its shots and cashed in 70.3% on the free throw line.


  • Emerson currently has three Lions ranking within the top five of three categories including points per game, rebounds per game and three-point percentage.

  • Both O'Connor and junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) rank third and fifth, respectively, with O'Connor averaging 20.0 points and Gray rounding out the top-five with 19.5.

  • Gray also sits in the fifth spot when it comes to rebounds and has pulled down 7.5 boards per game, along with averaging 1.5 steals a game to rank him tied for ninth.

  • Gray and senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) each rank within the top five of assists per game, with Gray in second (6.3) and Sheng in the fourth spot (5.5).

  • Freshman Jacob Ries (Mesa, Ariz.) has found much success beyond the arc within his freshman season and has canned 66.7% of his shots from the three-point line.

  • On the defensive end, junior Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.) paces the Lions with 1.3 blocks a game and ranks him tied for sixth.



  • Dean has posted an overall record of 2-1 and has won two straight, including its most recent 70-67 victory over Fisher on Tuesday, November 21.

  • The Bulldogs have put up 74.3 points within its first three games for a field goal percentage of 41.1% to go along with a three-point percentage of 36.9% and 79.7% on the free throw line.

  • Emerson and Dean met on the hardwood last November 30, 2016, at Brown & Plofker where the Lions picked up an 84-70 win on its home court.

  • Dean has three players who are averaging double figures per contest, including Dayvon Russell, who anchors the team with 19.0 and is joined by Jordan Booker with 15.3 and Randolf Thurman putting up 12.0.

  • Armani Baker has pulled down a team-best 10.7 boards a game, while Thurman also leads the team with a 52.0% on the floor and Malik Brown has connected for 55.6% beyond the arc.



  • Emmanuel (Mass.) has put up a 1-2 record within three games with its most recent triumph coming back on Tuesday as the Saints edged out Curry, 76-70.

  • Before the Saints meet Emerson on Thursday, they will meet non-conference foe Wesleyan University on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

  • Averaging 65.3 points per game, Emmanuel has registered a field goal percentage of 39.8% to match a percentage of 33.3% beyond the three-point line and a 68.2 percentage from the charity stripe.

  • Emerson and Emmanuel met in the Coaches vs. Cancer Greater Boston Shootout back on November 13, 2015, with the Lions notching the 76-64 win.


  • Amherst is off to a fast start to its 2017-18 season and hold a 3-0 record and are coming off an 84-48 win at Westfield State on Monday, November 20.

  • Emerson traveled to Amherst back on December 3, 2016, and was handed a 79-62 setback by the Mammoths.

  • The Mammoths have put up 88.0 points in three contests with a 45.8% from the floor to go along with a three-point percentage of 39.7 and have canned 52.9% of its shot from the charity stripe.

  • Anchoring the Amherst offense is Tommy Mobley, who has produced 11.0 points per game and is joined by Michael Riopel with 10.3.