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Men’s Basketball Falls To Host Rowan In First Round of NCAA Tournament

Men’s Basketball Falls To Host Rowan In First Round of NCAA Tournament


Score: Rowan Profs 96, Emerson Lions 79

Date: Friday, March 1st, 2019

Location: Greenboro, New Jersey (Esbjornson Gymnasium)

The Lead: A 22 point performance from Senior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) and 21 point performance from Freshman Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, N.H>) was not enough as the Lions fell to the hosts Rowan University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.


  • Gray converted on 8-17 shots from the field and 4-7 from three point range. Waterhouse connected on 7-13 and 4-8 from three point range.
  • Freshman Jarred Houston (Norwood, Mass.) scored 12 points, hitting 4-6 from the field and all four of his free throw attempts.
  • Emerson out rebounded the Profs 49-37, grabbing 37 defensive and 12 offensive rebounds,.
  • Houston added three blocks on the defensive end.
  • Rowan was led by Nick Depersia, who scored 24 points on 10-16 shooting from the field.  DaRon Curry scored 25, connecting on 10-19 from the field.  Both Curry and DePersia converted three triples for the Profs.


  • Rowan took an early five point lead just thirty seconds into the game.  Deperisa converted a three pointer off of the tip off to open the scoring. 
  • Emerson and Rowan started to trade baskets, with the Lions knotting the score at 10 on a Waterhouse layup, just over five minutes into the game.
  • Emerson took a one point lead three minutes later on a Gray layup plus the foul, with Gray converting the free throw, bringing the score to 17-16. 
  • Rowan took the lead back and then some, opening up a six point lead with 7:22 remaining on a Curry lay up. 
  • The Lions came right back, knotting the score again, this time on a layup by Waterhouse with just over five minutes remaining in the first frame.
  • Both teams traded baskets to close out the first frame, with Rowan taking a one point lead into the break, 34-33.
  • The second half opened up with Emerson and Rowan trading baskets once again.  Rowan took a two point lead with 15:42 remaining in the game.
  • From here, Rowan went on a 20-4 run, opening up an 18 point lead on the visiting Lions. 
  • The Lions continued to battle, cutting the lead to 14, but were unable to overcome the deficit.
  • Emerson fell to the Profs 96-79, ending their season after their first NEWMAC Championship in program history.
  • Rowan will play Nichols in the second round on Saturday, with a game starting at 7:00pm.

Watch Coach Curley and Geoff Gray's postgame press conference here.