BOSTON, Mass. – Following Patrick Lowndes lead of 21 points the Emerson Men's Basketball Team pushed their GNAC winning streak to four Tuesday night as they topped Emmanuel 60-49. With the win the Lions improve to 13-9 overall and 11-4 in conference play as Emmanuel drops to 4-18 on the year and 4-11 in the GNAC.
The first half saw Emmanuel surge out of the gates to catch the Lions sleeping. Hitting only 31% from the floor, the Lions had to scrap to stay in the hunt as they forced nine turnovers for 13 points to keep on the Saints heels.
The Emerson big men also did work as the Lions put up 18 points in the paint in the first 20 minutes of action with Patrick Lowndes leading the way with 13 points. Michael Mailhot led the way for the Saints though, putting up 11 points, five in free throws alone as Emmanuel took to the break up only 30-24.
A whole new team came out of the break for the Lions as they shot 38% from the floor while forcing the Saints to a lowly 20%. This time around Michael Thorpe took the reigns for Emerson, scoring 10 in the half to lead the way.
While Emmanuel's Xavier Everson proved to be a threat, shooting 50% for 12 points, the Lion defense had some noise to make as Emerson put up five blocks, two from Brian Hurley alone. Lowndes chimed in again to put the nail in the coffin for Emmanuel though as he put up eight more points and three rebounds to see Emerson surge past the Saints with the 60-49 final.
The Lions will return to home court action this Saturday as they set to host Suffolk in game one of a basketball double header. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. in Boston at Emerson's Brown-Plofker Gym.