By Annie Jenkins
BOSTON- The Emerson Men's Basketball Team collected its first win of the 2013 campaign in a Saturday night showdown between the Lions and former GNAC foe Emmanuel Saints, 64-62, behind senior captain Jon Goldberg's two sinking free throws with nine seconds left in the Consolation Game of Emerson's Tip-Off Tournament.
With the win, the Lions move to 1-1 on the season as Emmanuel falls to 0-2.
John Clay (11 points, seven boards) and Philkwan Tate (10 points, nine rebounds) were the top-scorers for the Saints.
The first half saw Emerson shoot 40% from the field compared to Emmanuel's 44%. After the first twenty minutes, Emerson led 31-30.
Tyson Hallowell, Michael Thorpe, and Kyle Edwards each chipped in five points along with Goldberg's floor-best seven points after the first half of play.
Kyle Smith and James Sullivan powered the Saints with six points apiece in the half.
6'7" center Brian Hurley pulled down the most rebounds in the first twenty, with five off the glass for the Lions.
The most Emerson was up in the half was ten points;18-8, after Jon Goldberg's two free throws at 9:40.
Emmanuel tied it 18-all at 6:07 and took their first lead at 2:45 to have a 27-26 edge. But the lead would be short held as the Lions took it back on a Hurley jumper with 2:21 to play to go up 28-26 and head into the locker room clutching a one point advantage at the break.
The second half scoring opened with a jumper by Clay to put Emmanuel up 32-31. Hurley's layup gave the 33-32 lead temporarily back to Emerson before trailing for the next 18 minutes and 10 seconds until birthday boy Michael Thorpe tied it at 62-62 on a free throw with 0:42 to play.
During the Saints long run, they built their largest margin of the game at +10 with 10:47 on the clock. Jordan DeMario's free throw made it 52-42.
The Lions clawed their way back and with time winding down, Thorpe inbounded the ball and found Goldberg under the basket where he went up for a shot and was fouled by Tate, his fifth, good for an early shower.
Emerson sealed the deal on Goldberg's free throws with nine seconds remaining.
Emmanuel had one more chance, but Kyle Smith's jumper would not fall as time expired.
Emerson finished the second half with 33 points to Emmanuel's 32.
The Lions shot 42% in field goals to 36% for the Saints in the game. The Saints bested Emerson in 3-point percentage, free throw percentage (80% to 71%) and rebounds (36 to 33), but turnovers, steals, and fouls-against were in the Lions' favor.
Emerson went to the line for 34 attempted free throws and made 24 courtesy baskets. Goldberg went to the line more than any other player in the game and he made it count. His game-winners were two of his (8-for-10) from the stripe.
The Lions return to the hardwood Nov. 20 when they host the Mount Ida Mustangs for a 5:30 p.m. tip in Emerson's Brown & Plofker gym.