NASHUA, N.H. – A last second layup by Brian Hurley saved the day for the Emerson Men's Basketball Team Thursday night as the Lions took off with a 57-56 win over the Rivier Raiders. With the win the Lions improve to 8-7 overall and 6-2 in conference play while the Raiders drop to 6-9 on the year and 2-6 in the GNAC.
The first half saw the Raiders come out strong with Tom Poitras leading the floor with 17 points as the EC defense struggled to recoup. For the Lions Jon Goldberg and James Rhodes both dropped six each to keep Emerson in the hunt.
Turnovers cost the Lions in the first half as their eight turned into six Raider points while the Rivier big men dominated with 12 points in the paint. In the end, it was the bench that kept the Lions in the game as they dropped 14 of Emerson's 24 points as Rivier headed into the half up 27-24.
The second half saw the Lion defense step it up, this time forcing seven Riiver turnovers for eight points while holding Poitras to only eight points this time around. On offense, Michael Thorpe took control of the game, leading the floor with 11 points.
Jon Goldberg added to the tally with six of his own while the bench stepped up again adding 10 points as well. It came down to a nail-biter of a game as the Lions were down one point with seconds left as Jon Goldberg pulled down a board and found Brian Hurley streaking for the basket for an easy lay-up to take the lead and the win 57-56.
The Lions will continue more GNAC action this weekend as they travel to Albertus Magnus for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday against the Falcons.