Score: Emerson 97, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 83
Records: Emerson Lions (14-11, 9-5 NEWMAC) ; U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bears (16-8, 7-7 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Lead: Junior Jack O'Connor matched a career high with 32 points as the Lions downed the Bears for their ninth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory, cementing themselves as the No. 2 overall seed in the NEWMAC Championship Bracket. Before the game, Emerson honored its two seniors, Geoffrey Gray and Mac Sashin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) recorded a game high 32 points, adding five rebounds and two assists. O'Connor connected on half of his three point attempts and all ten of his free throw attempts.
- Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) contributed 24 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Gray connected on 14 of 15 free throw attempts.
- Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, N.H.) added 17 points for the lions, connecting on three shots from beyond the arc.
- Coast Guard was paced by PAcky Witkowski, who totaled 20 points on 6-14 shooting and 3-7 from behind the arc.
- Nolan Benson added 12 for the Bears with four steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson started the game strong, opening up an early 11 points lead. An O'Connor three put the Lions up 19-8 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first half.
- Emerson upped their lead to 16 just two minutes later on two Gray free throws.
- The Lions kept extending the lead in the first half, opening it up to 23 with just under a minute remaining in the first half. The Lions brought their 23 point lead into the break at 49-26.
- Coast Guard came out strong, cutting the lead to 19 in the early moment of the second half on a Justin Kane layup.
- Another Jack O'Connor three pointer extended the lead back to 26 with 15:26 remaining in the game.
- Emerson maintained their lead throughout the second half, matching all of Coast Guard's runs with a run of their own.
- With 36 seconds remaining, Mac Sashin (Martha's Vineyard", Mass.) found his way to the free throw line, converting two free throws to ice the game for Emerson.
- The Lions came out victorious 97-83. The victory vaulted Emerson into sole possession of second place in the NEWMAC standings.
- The Lions will host their first ever NEWMAC playoff game on Thursday, February 21st. The Springfield Pride will come to the Brown & Plofker Gym for a 7:00pm tip. Emerson and Springfield split their two meetings during the regular season, with both teams winning at home.
- The loss eliminated Coast Guard from playoff contention, ending their season, The Bears finished with a 16-8 overall record, going 7-7 in conference.
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