Men's Basketball Falls 64-50 To WPI In Defensive Battle

Men's Basketball Falls 64-50 To WPI In Defensive Battle



BOSTON, Mass.- Tyson Hallowell and Michael Thorpe scored 16 and 15 points respectively for Emerson, but it wasn't enough as the Lions fell to the visiting No. 5 WPI Engineers, 64-50, Saturday afternoon.  With the loss Emerson is now 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play while WPI improves to 14-1 on the year and 4-0 in NEWMAC action.


Sam Longwell (17 points, nine rebounds) and Domenick Mastascusa (15 points) combined to score half of WPI's points on the day. Ryan Kolb and Jon Goldberg led each team with 10 rebounds apiece.


The first half saw WPI take command to go up 33-21 at the break. Sean Doncaster led the floor with nine points. Sam Longwell had eight points to go with his five boards. Ryan Kolb pulled down a floor-high seven rebounds.


For Emerson, Michael Thorpe had eight points and Tyson Hallowell chipped in seven. Jon Goldberg led the Lions with six rebounds in the half.  The most WPI led by was 14, at 1:18, a lead that would later prove to be the final margin of victory.


The major difference in the half was the Engineers' ability to convert five of twelve 3-point attempts compared to EC's 0 for 6 from beyond the arc. The Engineers were able to out-rebound the Lions 23 to 12. Second chance points also proved to be invaluable as WPI held a seven to two advantage in the half.


The second half saw Emerson come alive and shoot 44% from the field compared to a 6 of 27 effort in the first half.  Hallowell dropped nine points and Thorpe contributed seven. Domenick Mastascusa (10 points) and Sam Longwell (9 points) continued to light up the scoreboard for the Engineers.


Facing a stout Emerson defense, WPI depended on their perimeter shooting and free throw efficiency.  As a team, they made 90% (18 of 20) of their free throws and 40% of their shots, including six key three-pointers, compared to Emerson's 33% from the field.


The Lions clawed their way back to narrow the deficit to six with 11:15 to play, but the Engineers would lead by as much as 15 with 2:23 left in the contest. The game ultimately came down to rebounding and shooting.  The Lions were out-rebounded 37-22 and made just 61% (14 of 23) of their free throws.  


The Lions return to action Wednesday against the Wheaton Lyons for a 7 p.m. tip at Emerson's Brown-Plofker gym.


Written by Annie Jenkins and Keely Flanagan, Emerson Athletic Media Relations