REDLANDS, Calif. – A 20 point game from Michael Thorpe wasn't enough to shake the Redland Bulldogs Sunday afternoon as the Emerson Men's Basketball Team fell 86-77. With the loss, Emerson is now 4-5 on the year while Redwood improves to 8-4 overall.
The first half saw both teams come out blazing on offense with the Lions shooting 43% in the half as Redland put up a 52%. For the Lions, Thorpe came out to lead the floor with 12 points as the Bulldogs spread the offense more with five players all dropping at least five or more points in the half.
The half proved to be evenly played though with Redlands snagging 11 points off turnovers while the Lions dominated in the paint, putting in 20 of their 44 points in the key. The Bulldogs also saw their bench step up with 21 points as well with both teams headed into the break knotted at 44 apiece.
The second half saw the Lions outshoot the Bulldogs 37% to 34%, but foul trouble ended up biting the Lions in the end as the Bulldogs hit 17 of 31 free throws given up in the half.
Michael Thorpe led the Lions again with eight points with Tyson Hallowell following on his heels with seven and James Rhodes with six to try to keep the Lions in it. In the end, the Lions just couldn't keep the Bulldogs off the line as they fell 86-77.
The Lions will face-off against Occidental to close out their L.A. trip this Wednesday with a 9:00 p.m. ET start.