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Men’s Basketball Upended By Wheaton (Mass.)

Men’s Basketball Upended By Wheaton (Mass.)


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.).


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • 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.