Score: Emerson 62, Dean 47
Records: Emerson Lions (4-1) ; Dean Bulldogs (2-2)
Location: Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The Lead: The Emerson men's basketball team saw junior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) contribute double digits in points for the fifth consecutive game as the Lions powered out a 62-47 road victory over the Dean Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gray capped off a 24 point effort going 9-for-14 from the floor to go along with seven boards, one assist and one steal and also finished 3-for-5 beyond the arc and went 3-for-4 on the free throw line.
- O'Connor joined in with 14 points (5-of-13) and pulled down eight rebounds and had one steal.
- Senior John Geary (Duxbury, Mass.) pulled down an overall game best 12 rebounds, while senior Michael Sheng (Altadena, Calif.) had a team-best four assists and freshman Will Lantier (Centerport, N.Y.) blocked three shots.
- Josh Croskey anchored the Dean offense with a double double of 16 points and 11 boards, going 7-for-12, and also had two blocks, while Randolf Thurman was credited with two assists and three steals.
- Emerson canned 22-of-56 from the floor (39.3%) and connected for 6-of-20 (30.0%) from the three point line and finished 12-of-20 (60.0%) on the charity line.
- Dean cashed in 24.4% of its shots (15-62) and put up 12.5% from beyond the arc (3-24) to go along with making 93.3% (14-15) of its free throws.
- The Lions topped the Bulldogs on the boards (54-32) and in the paint (24-8), while the Bulldogs collected more points off turnovers (18-6).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson found themselves in front 17-6 midway through the opening frame and shook off a slow start thanks to a pair of triples from Gray.
- Geary canned a bucket to balloon the Lions to a 17 point lead (27-10) within the closing minutes of the half before Armani Baker and Dayvon Russell put up final four points with the score in Emerson's favor, 31-15.
- With less than 16 minutes to go in the second half, Emerson maintained a steady 41-19 advantage until the offense was held at a standstill and did not register a basket through five minutes.
- Those five minutes allowed Dean to whittle away at the lead and used a pair of jumpers from Croskey along with a three from Thurman to put the Bulldogs within nine (44-35).
- Both Croskey and Kendall Hamilton connected for the next four Bulldog points and kept them within striking distance at 46-39.
- Despite Emerson shooting 2-for-8 within the final eight minutes of the second frame, the Lions were able to keep Dean at bay and convert 10 of its next 14 points from the charity line to hold off the hosts.
- Emerson continues its road schedule and travels across town to Emmanuel (Mass.) for a 7:00 p.m. non conference contest on Thursday, November 30.
- Dean will also be back in action on Thursday night and host Rivier at 7:00 p.m.
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