Score: Emerson 73, WPI 70
Records: Emerson Lions (13-10, 8-4 NEWMAC) ; WPI Engineers (17-6, 8-4 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
The Lead: Nate Martin's (Great Falls, Va.) three pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining completely a 14 point comeback for the Lions, lifting them past the WPI Engineers into second place in the NEWMAC.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Emerson was paced by freshman center Jarred Houston (Norwood, Mass.) who was tied for a game high 20 points. He connected on 7.8 shots from the floor, grabbing six rebounds, blocking two shots, and assisting on one Lion basket.
- Three other staters scored in double figures for Emerson. Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, N.H.) scored 16 while Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) scored 15. Gray added nine rebounds, eight assists, and one steal. Waterhouse grabbed six rebounds.
- Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I) scored 14 point for the Lions with six rebounds and four assists.
- Reid Walker (Lithia, Fla.) tied Houston for a game high 20 points. He added seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.
- Jake Needleman (Morganville, N.J.) scored 16 for the Engineers, connecting on half of his three point attempts (3/6).
- Off the bench, Ethan Harrell (Wexford, Penn.) scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. He went 100% from the free throw line (5/5).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- WPI took control early, opening up an eight point lead on a Kahleb Downing (MIddletown, Conn.) three pointer six minutes into the first half. A Walker layup extended the lead to 10 at 17-7.
- After being down as many as eleven, Emerson went on a 6-0 run capped off by an O'Connor jumper to cut the lead to five.
- WPI brought the lead back up to ten on a pair of Harrell free throws to make the score 28-18.
- Emerson roared back closing out the half on a 16-6 run, headlined by two Waterhouse three pointers, tying the game at 34 a piece heading into the break.
- After two straight baskets by the Lions to start the second half, WPI went on a 14-3 run, opening up an 10 point lead at 55-45.
- After a Houston jumper, Needleman converted back to back three pointers to extend the lead to 14 for WPI, their largest of the day.
- Emerson roared back, converting a 17-4 run and cutting the lead to one on a Houston layup with three minutes remaining.
- Five straight points for Harrell extended WPI's lead back to four after a Houston layup.
- O'Connor and Houston both converted a pair of free throws, tying the game at 70.
- Emerson came up with a defensive stop, giving them possession in the tied game. Geoff Gray went up for a jumper that was well defended, and kicked out to Nate Martin. Martin took a three pointer with one second remaining on the shot clock, sinking the shot to put Emerson up three with 2.9 remaining.
- After a timeout by WPI, Martin stole the inbounds pass and dribbled out the clock, giving Emerson the 73-70 victory.
- This is the first time in the program's history they have beaten every team in the NEWMAC.
- The victory jumped Emerson into second place in the NEWMAC standings behind No. 10 MIT.
- Emerson travels to Babson to take on the Beavers on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00pm.
- WPI travels to Springfield, Mass to take on the Springfield College Pride on the same date and time.
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