BOSTON, Mass.- The Emerson Men's Basketball Team squared off Thursday night at Emerson's Brown-Plofker gym coming away with a convincing win against the Lasell College Lasers in a 80-51 romp. Emerson improves to 11-9, 9-4 GNAC on the year while Lasell falls to 4-17, 3-10 in the GNAC.
ECs Michael Thorpe led all scorers with 19 points on the night. Patrick Lowndes and Jon Goldberg's aggressive style of play dominated the boards with eight and seven rebounds apiece. Angel Ortiz (nine points) and Logan Liberty (seven points, eight rebounds) powered the attack for Lasell.
EC shot a lights out 8-17 from beyond the arc, with Michael Thorpe and James Rhodes combining to go 7-11. Emerson outrebounded the Lasers 38 to 27.
The Lions' bench came out feisty and dropped 27 points on the night, two points fewer than the margin of victory.
The first half saw the Lions pounce out to a 32-15 lead on three 3's by James Rhodes, who led the floor with nine points. Patrick Lowndes added seven points to go along with his four boards.
The Lions drained four of seven 3's for a dazzling 57%. Emerson shot 37% from the field while Lasell hit just 5-of-18 shots.
The Lions' sticky paws pulled down 15 rebounds, six offensive, compared to Lasell's 13. The Lions forced 10 turnovers which they turned into 11 points.
Emerson went on an 8-0 run late in the first half that shut down the Lasers and led by as much as 19. The Lions' defense held Lasell scoreless for nearly four minutes while fouls piled up. Lasell's Angel Ortiz had five points for the Lasers, but picked up 3 fouls in the effort.
The second half saw the Lions shoot 50% in field goals, 40% from long distance, and 57% at the line compared to the Lasers 34.5% FG. EC grabbed 23 rebounds to Lasell's 14. Michael Thorpe and Jon Goldberg combined to score 22 of Emerson's 48 points in the half. Thorpe hit three of four 3-pointers to lead EC with 12 points in the second half.
The Lions continue GNAC play on the road with 1 p.m. date on Saturday with the Mount Ida Mustangs of Newton, Mass.
Submitted by Annie Jenkins- Emerson Media Relations