PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A 17 point game from Patrick Lowndes wasn't enough to bridge the gap Saturday afternoon as the Emerson Men's Basketball Team fell 81-65 to the JWU Wildcats. With the loss the Lions fall to 6-7 on the year and 4-2 in conference play as JWU improves to 7-7 and 6-1 in the GNAC.
The first half saw the big men battle as Brian Hurley came out to drop eight points on the Wildcats with Patrick Lowndes putting up six while scrapping for five rebounds. JWU's Dan Barbour led the floor in the half, going 5-for-8 for 10 points.
JWU made the most of their defense though as they forced eight turnovers for 11 points. The Lions were ferocious in the paint though, putting up 16 point in the half, but JWU's 58% from the floor gave them the 35-26 lead headed into the break.
The second half saw the Lions kick it up a notch on offense, putting up 46% on the floor with Lowndes stepping up for 11 points to help bolster EC. JWU was just unstoppable on offense though, shooting 58% in the half again with Curtis Lucas coming off the bench heating up for 17 points while Tom Garrick Jr. added 11.
The Emerson bench came up to help the cause again with 23 points of the team's 39 in the half led by Tyson Hallowell with six points and Kyle Edwards with four. In the end the Lions couldn't slow the JWU offensive assault though, finally falling 81-65.
The Lions return to their home court this Tuesday as they set to host Norwich. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the women's game at Emerson's Brown-Plofker Gym.