BOSTON, Mass. – A 17 point night and a clutch last minute three from James Rhodes saved the day Thursday night as the Emerson Men's Basketball Team topped the Suffolk Rams 73-71 in overtime. The W pushes the Lions winning streak to six as they improve to 15-9 on the year and 13-4 in conference play as Suffolk falls to 9-15 overall and 7-10 in the GNAC.
The first half saw the Lions come out in sync as they shot 46% as a team from the floor with Michael Thorpe throwing some nasty moves at the point for eight points to lead the floor in the half. Suffolk's Chris Torres followed up next with seven points as the Rams held onto the Lions coattails in the half.
The Lions made the difference in the paint in the half though as EC powered in 18 points in the box with Patrick Lowndes and Brian Hurley did their fair share, pouring in six each. The bench also did work, adding 12 points in the half to head into the break up 37-23.
The second half saw the Rams butt heads with the Lions though as they slowly chipped away at the Emerson lead as they hit nearly 50% from the floor as a team to EC's 33%. Matt Pepdjonovic quarterbacked the Rams in the comeback with 14 points, going 4-for-7 from the floor.
The Lions couldn't keep control on the half though as they coughed up seven turnovers to give Suffolk 10 more points as their lead dwindled. The main dagger was Suffolk's play in the paint as they put up 14 points in the box to pull within two. With 41 seconds left on the clock it was SU's Colin Halpin that hit the game-tying shot that the Lions couldn't answer to send it to overtime.
The start of OT saw the Lions compose themselves as they took the lead early on with James Rhodes leading the way, hitting two quick free throws to take the lead, but the Rams wouldn't go away with Aury Leyva dropping four to stay in the hunt.
In came down to a nail-biting end though with the Rams knotting it at 68 with a minute to go. James Rhodes played the difference maker again as he hit a clutch three that the Rams never recovered from as EC closed it out 73-71 to make it six straight wins.
The Lions will now close out the regular season this Saturday as they travel to St. Joe's of Maine for a 3 p.m. match-up with the Monks.