BOSTON, Mass.-The Emerson Men's Basketball Team celebrated Faculty Night as well as Senior Night for Eric Wahl (Seattle, WA) and Bilali Mack (Windsor, CT) with a commanding 69-56 win Tuesday in the Brown-Plofker Gym at Emerson College. With the win the Lions improve to 14-9 overall and 12-4 in the GNAC and extend their win streak to five games, while the Raiders fall to 10-14, 6-11 in the GNAC.
The first half saw Rivier start fast, building a 13-4 margin with 13:20 to go. EC called time out and Michael Thorpe responded by hitting a three on the ensuing possession. The Lions clawed back to take their first lead on a three-pointer from Eli Kell-Abrams with 5:33 to play to put the Lions up 20-19.
Jon Goldberg's seven points and five rebounds led the floor. Michael Thorpe chipped in six on 2 of 5 from downtown. Tom Poitras and Brian Troy carried the Raiders with six points apiece.
Points off turnovers in the physical half were key as Emerson cashed in seven Rivier turnovers for seven points.
There were two more lead changes in the half before Emerson went up 26-23 on a Mike Carbone three. The first half ended on an upswing for the Lions as Thorpe hit another three to go into the locker room 30-25 at the break.
In the second half Emerson managed their largest lead of the game at 5:16 going up by 17. Thorpe had eight points in the half and Lowndes added seven to go with five more rebounds.
The difference in the half came from the bench as EC lit it up for 21 points to the Raiders 10 and the Lions shot twice as many free throws.
The Lions had four players break into double figures on the night as Thorpe (14), Lowndes (13), Carbone (10), and Goldberg (10) stepped up their game. Tom Poitras dropped 17 points for the Raiders.
EC outshot Rivier 44.7% to 41.2% from the floor and both teams went 69.2% from the stripe. The biggest difference came from three-point land as Emerson hit 9 of 21 for 42.9% to 27.8% for Rivier.
The rematch was more convincing this time around. The first time they played, Brian Hurley was the hero with the buzz-beating jumper, 57-56 for a one point win on Jan. 17.
The Lions will hit the home hardwood for the final time in the regular season as cross-Common rival Suffolk University joins them for a 7 p.m. date on Valentine's Day this Thursday.
Submitted by Annie Jenkins, Emerson Athletic Media Relations