NEWTON, Mass. – Double-digit point tallies and defensive prowess towed the line Saturday afternoon as the Emerson Men's Basketball Team held off Mount Ida 64-63 to push their GNAC winning streak to three. With the win the Lions improve to 12-9 on the year and 10-4 in conference play while Mount Ida falls to 7-15 overall and 3-12 in GNAC action.
The first half saw both squads neck-and-neck in points by the end, but the Lions stepped up to shoot 31% from the floor to Mount Ida's 21%. With Patrick Lowndes leading the Lions with seven points it was Kenny Jean of the Mustangs who led the floor with eight.
The difference for the Lions was a work of art as they collected 18 points in the paint in the half. Mount Ida played the foul game well though as they turned Emerson's 14 personal fouls into 14 points as EC headed into the break up only 27-25.
The second half saw the teams both step up the offense shooting 41% each. Jon Goldberg stepped up for Emerson though, leading the Lions with nine points. The Mustangs wouldn't go away though as Brandon Castro dropped 10 on EC while Jeff McNair put up nine to keep it close.
Three Lions jumped into action on offense though with Patrick Lowndes, James Rhodes and Michael Thorpe all putting up seven points in the half. With the Lions holding the edge towards the end of the half, Mount Ida surged to pull it within one with a last-ditch three pointer to win it, but Emerson locked it down to finish the 64-63 win.
The GNAC train rolls on this week as the Lions will set to travel to Emmanuel Tuesday night for round 2 of their series with the Saints. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Boston, Mass.