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O'Connor Notches 1,000th Point; Men's Basketball Locks 79-75 Win Over Emmanuel (Mass.)

O'Connor Notches 1,000th Point; Men's Basketball Locks 79-75 Win Over Emmanuel (Mass.)

THE BASICS 

Score: Emerson 79, Emmanuel (Mass.) 75

Records: Emerson Lions (5-3) ; Emmanuel (Mass.) Saints (7-2) 

Location: Boston, Mass. (Andy Yosinoff Court)

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Lead: Highlighted by senior Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) reaching the 1,000 career point milestone, the help of double figure efforts from four different Lions and a strong second half edged the Emerson men's basketball team past Emmanuel (Mass.), 79-75, to snap the Saints' five game win streak on Thursday night. 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

EMERSON

Points:
O'Connor (22), Zach Waterhouse (20), Jarred Houston (19) & Nate Martin (10)
Assists: Waterhouse (5)
Rebounds: Houston (12)
Steals: Waterhouse & Martin (3)
Blocks: O'Connor & Martin (1)


EMMANUEL (MASS.) 

Points: Emmett Riddick (28), Zach Crisafulli (15) & Marcus Fox (10)
Assists: Gio Ciampa (6)
Rebounds: Fox (10)
Steals: Crisafulli, Blake Hardy & Dan Flaherty (2)
Blocks: Jack Moulder (1)


BEYOND THE BOXSCORE

-In the all-time series between Emerson and Emmanuel, the Lions improve to 22-9 overall and have now won the last seven meetings between the two programs. 


HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • A seven-point Emmanuel ensued after a triple from Ciampa to push the Saints advantage to 15-8 to begin the opening half of play.
  • Emerson climbed out of a seven-point hole and pieced together a 13-9 spurt over the next six minutes and claimed its first lead at 21-20 on a layup by Waterhouse. 
  • The Lions trailed for the remainder of the first stanza and entered the locker room down eight at 44-36. 
  • It took five minutes of the second half for Emerson to regain control and stay in front for good when an O'Connor jumper gave the visitors a tight 54-53 cushion. 
  • At the 8:46 mark, Emerson held a lead as big as 10 before the hosts narrowed the deficit down to two with 1:40 on the clock thanks to a try by Riddick (75-73). 
  • Waterhouse's jumper moved the score to 77-73 on the Lions' next possession before Flaherty tallied a basket with 24 seconds left to once again make it a single possession game at 77-75. 
  • Sophomore Trevor McLean (Boston, Mass.) took a trip to the foul line after the Saints were forced to foul and knocked down both freebies to lift Emerson to a four-point edge (79-75). 
  • Turnovers by both sides and a missed three-point attempt by Emmanuel helped seal the 79-75 victory for the Lions. 


UP NEXT

  • Emerson returns to home action on Saturday, December 7 when the Lions host Nn. 14 Amherst at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Emmanuel (Mass.) wraps December home play on Tuesday, December 10 entertaining Pine Manor at 5:00 p.m. 

 

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