BOSTON, Mass. – An unreal showcase of team unity saw the Emerson Men's Basketball Team take a huge 90-79 win from the defending NCAA Champion and #1 seed Amherst College Saturday. With the win the Lions improve to 6-3 overall while Amherst sees their 29-game winning streak snapped to fall to 5-1 on the year.
The first half saw the Lions keep pace with the Lord Jeffs who shot a phenomenal 50% from the floor but the Lions prevailed with a 51% average as a team with 11 points coming from senior captain Jon Goldberg, who completed a double-double in the first half alone with 11 rebounds. The Lions did work in the paint as well on Amherst as Brian Hurley powered in eight points for EC as Emerson put in 24 points inside the paint in the half.
EC as a team was ready to roll though as the bench came in clutch for the Lions, dropping 13 points on the Lord Jeffs. Amherst kept in the running though, forcing 11 turnovers for seven points, but Austin Pickney came off the bench to throw down for the Lions with nine points and four boards to make the difference as Emerson headed into the break up 44-41.
The second half just saw Emerson run on all cylinders as a team with the defense smothering the Lord Jeffs as offensively the Lions lit up a 52% average from the floor. Michael Thorpe tore up Amherst with 19 points in the half, going 6-for-10 from the floor as Sean Duffy and Brian Hurley both dropped eight each.
The Lions crushed it in the paint again in the half with 22 points while the bench again dropped eight points that sent the Jeffs reeling. Emerson's game on the boards also pushed them ahead as they out rebounded the Jeffs 19-to-13 as the EC faithful cheered on en route to an epic 90-79 win over the #1 seed and defending NCAA Champions.
The win wraps the 2013 side of the season for the Lions as they set to return to action after the holidays with a January 4 game against Suffolk in Boston at Emerson's Brown-Plofker Gym. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.