Weekly Preview - Men's Basketball Rolls on With Non-Conference Action

Weekly Preview - Men's Basketball Rolls on With Non-Conference Action

Overall: 5-2 (0-0 NEWMAC)



Emerson 62, Dean 47 | Franklin, Mass. | November 28, 2017

Emerson 95, Emmanuel (Mass.) 81 | Boston, Mass. | November 30, 2017

No. 21 Amherst 78, Emerson 65 | Boston, Mass. | December 2, 2017



Wednesday, December 6, 2017 vs. Tufts, Boston, Mass. 7:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Video

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Curry, Milton, Mass., 3:00 p.m.  | Live Stats


BOSTON - In the first full week of its December schedule, the Emerson men's basketball team continues on with a pair of non-conference meetings both at home and away from Brown & Plofker. Emerson opens up the week on Wednesday night and welcomes the Jumbos of Tufts University at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday afternoon, the Lions make their way to Milton to face Curry in a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.



  • Emerson finished 2-1 in its last three contests to move its overall record to 5-2 on the young season.

  • The Lions started their week off away from Emerson at Dean last Tuesday followed by a trip across town to Emmanuel on Thursday night.

  • The duo of junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) put up a combined 38 of Emerson's 62 points in the Lions' 62-47 win over dean.

  • Emerson notched its third consecutive win over Emmanuel (Mass.) with help of a double-double effort of a career-high 31 points and 11 boards from Gray to hold off the Saints, 95-81.

  • To wrap up the week, the Lions were topped in a 78-65 decision to the visiting No. 21 Amherst Mammoths on Saturday afternoon despite senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) dropping 22 points.


  • For the week of competition ending on December 4, Sheng has been awarded the Lion of the Week honor.

  • In Emerson's meeting against Amherst on Saturday, Sheng matched his season high of 22 points and went 6-for-11 from the floor, 3-for-5 from the three-point line and was a perfect 7-for-7 on the charity stripe.

  • Sheng totaled 46 points on the week with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals and canned 50% of his shots (12-24) with a 55.5% (5-9) in triples and shot a stellar 94.4% (17-18) from the free throw line.


  • Through seven games, the Lions have five players representing the Purple within eight NEWMAC categories.

  • Gray sits within the top-10 of six categories including third in points per game (20.0), points (146) and rebounds (53) and comes in the fifth spot in rebounds per game (7.6), free throw percentage (83.7%) and assists per game (4.4).

  • O'Connor takes the sixth spot in two categories consisting of points per game (18.3) and rebounds (46) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.6) and points (128).

  • Sheng ranks first in free throw percentage at 96.8% and averages 4.9 assists per game (4th) and 1.6 steals a game (10th).

  • On the defensive end, freshman Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.) ranks tied for fifth in blocks per game with 1.1 and sophomore Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.) follows with .9 (T-9th).



  • The Jumbos of Tufts University currently hold a record of 4-3 through seven games with its most recent win coming in a 76-74 victory over Brandeis on Sunday afternoon in the New England Big Four Challenge.

  • Tufts cashes in 82.1 points per game with a field goal percentage of 44.1 and drains 35.0% of its shots beyond the arc and is 63.8% from the free throw line.

  • The Jumbos have three players averaging double figures per game, including Vincent Pace, who anchors the offense with 18.0 points a game and is joined by Eric Savage (17.7), who also leads the defense with 9.0 rebounds as Patrick Racy puts up 10.3 points.

  • Emerson and Tufts last met on the hardwood back on November 26, 2016, at Tufts where the Jumbos handed the Lions an 87-72 setback.



  • Curry has posted a record of 1-6 and 0-2 within Commonwealth Coast Conference action as its most recent setback was an 88-48 loss at Endicott on Saturday.

  • Before Curry faces Emerson on Saturday, the Colonels continue conference play against Gordon tonight at 5:30 p.m.

  • Jared Thorpe paces the Curry offense with 13.7 points a game with Justin Kelly leading the Colonels defense with 4.7 boards.

  • In the meeting between Emerson and Curry back on December 11, 2016, the Lions picked up a lengthy 85-69 home victory over the Colonels.


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