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Men’s Basketball Upended By Wheaton (Mass.)

Men’s Basketball Upended By Wheaton (Mass.)

THE BASICS 

Score: Wheaton 88, Emerson 79

Records: Emerson Lions (10-9, 5-4 NEWMAC) ; Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons (10-9, 2-7 NEWMAC) 

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)

Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The Lead: The Emerson Men's Basketball Team fell to the Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons in regulation despite 20 point performances by Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) and Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, N.H.).

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Waterhouse led all Emerson players with 25 points, connecting on 10-15 shots from the field and 4-7 from three.  O'Connor had 25 points, shooting 3-6 from three. 
  • Riley Tetreault and David Carbonello led Wheaton in scoring with 26 and 24 points respectively.  Carbonello was one rebound away from a double-double with nine.  
  • Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) scored 11 points for the Lions, while Jarred Houston (Norwood, Mass.) added eight, connecting on all four of his free throws.
  • Duaka Ekwensi was the final Wheaton player in double figures with 17 points. He did most of his damage from the free throw line, scoring on 11 of 13 attempts.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first five minutes were closely contested, with both teams canning eight points.  A pair of Waterhouse and O'Connor layups gave the Lions a 12-8 lead just seven minutes into the game.
  • Wheaton went on a quick 6-0 run to take the lead back before O'Connor connected from long range, grabbing the lead back for Emerson at 15-14.
  • From here, Emerson went on an 11-6 run to take a six point lead at 26-20 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half.
  • Wheaton closed out the half on a 14-4 run of their own, capped off by a Carbonello layup with 44 ticks remaining in the first half to take a 34-30 lead into the break.
  • In the second half, Wheaton began to pull away, opening the half on a 7-3 run, giving them a 41-33 lead.
  • Emerson fought back, cutting the lead to three on a Waterhouse three pointer at 46-43.
  • Wheaton opened up their biggest lead of the night with 10 minutes remaining, at 13 on a Tetreault three pointer.  Wheaton lead 60-47.
  • Emerson cut the lead to five just three minutes later, on an O'Connor three pointer with 7:21 remaining.
  • Gray connected on another three pointer after two free throws by Ricardo Ripley, cutting Wheaton's lead to four.
  • Wheaton and Emerson continued to battle, with Wheaton keeping the Lions at bay until the end of the game, with the final score 88-79. 

UP NEXT

  • Emerson will look to rebound against Springfield on Saturday, when they welcome the pride to the Brown & Plofker Gym at 3:00pm.
  • Wheaton will welcome No. 9 MIT to their home court with a game starting at 3:00pm on Saturday.

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