BOSTON, Mass. – An all-out team effort made the difference Monday afternoon as the Emerson Men's Basketball Team topped the Emmanuel Saints 73-65 in a battle of the cross-city rivals. With the win Emerson improves to 9-8 on the year and 7-3 in conference play as Emmanuel drops to 4-12 overall and 4-5 in GNAC action.
The first half saw the Lions offense step it up, shooting 44% from the floor and 67% from the free throw line, something which plagued the Saints, who only shot 29% from the line going 2-for-7. Tyson Hallowell came off the bench in the half to lead the Lions with 10 points with two threes, which was only matched by Emmanuel's Conor Morgan who went 3-for-5.
Emerson dominated the half in nearly every way as well, forcing seven turnovers for seven points while putting up 16 in the paint to the Saints 12. The bench made the mark for the Lions though as they dropped 22 of the Lions 42 points as they headed into the half up 42-28.
The Saints fired back in the second half though, forcing seven turnovers from the Lions this time around which they turned into 13 points to leech away at Emerson's lead. Connor Morgan went off the chain in the half, with 16 points, going 4-for-5 from the three point line alone.
Brian Hurley jumped into the fray for the Lions with nine points while James Rhodes proved lethal beyond the arc as well, hitting 50% for eight points of his own. In the end, free throws doomed the Saints again, hitting only 33% on the game. Jon Goldberg added to the win on the day as he collected 15 boards en route to closing out Emerson' s seventh win in conference play.
The Lions will hit the hardwood again this week as they set to travel to Anna Maria this Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Paxton, Mass.