Score: Amherst 85, Emerson 62
Records: Emerson Lions (4-4) ; Amherst Mammoths (5-0)
Location: Amherst, Mass. (LeFrak Gymnasium)
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Lead: Senior Geoff Gray (Newton, Mass.) canned 21 points for the Emerson men's basketball team and junior Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) registered a 19 point-12 rebound double double as the Lions saw its three game win streak snapped at the hands of an 85-62 setback to the Amherst Mammoths on Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Gray handed out three assists and four rebounds to go along with his 21 point effort followed by a 10 point, seven rebound, two blocks and steal effort out of freshman Jarred Houston (Norwood, Mass.).
O'Connor put up a stat line of 5-of-14 for 19 points and 12 boards to complete a double double along with a block and assist.
Grant Robinson notched a 23 point effort for Amherst with a double double of 13 points and 10 boards.
Two more Mammoths contributed double figures including Fru Che (11) and Garrett Day (13).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Emerson found themselves in an early hole as Amherst built its lead through three-point shooting within the opening 20 minutes.
Robinson and Chu went for a combined 4-5 from long range with Emerson doubled up at 16-8 after back to back triples.
A layup by Day extended the Mammoths' advantage to 24-14 at 10:08 in the half and canned another just before the half as the Lions were down 14 entering the break (47-33).
A shot from downtown by O'Connor snapped a 9-0 run by the Mammoths at the start of the second frame with the hosts lead at 20.
Emerson was able to cut the deficit down to 15 midway through the half only to have Day answer with a triple followed by the next 10 points to extend the Mammoths' to 20+ again.
The Lions remained in a 20+ point deficit as the Mammoths' went on to take the 85-62 win.
Emerson continues road play next Wednesday, December 5 at Tufts at 7:00 p.m.
Amherst stays on its home court on Thursday, December 6 with a meeting against Babson at 7:00 p.m.
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