Score: Emerson 87, No. 7 Nichols 81 (OT)
Records: Emerson Lions (7-4) ; No. 7 Nichols Bison (7-3)
Location: Dudley, Mass. (Nichols Athletic Center)
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
The Lead: The sophomores went to work with Zach Waterhouse, Jarred Houston and Nate Martin casino in 20+ points in a convincing 87-81 overtime win over the No. 7 Nichols Bison on Thursday night in the Emerson men's basketball team's first game coming out of holiday break.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Points: Waterhouse (25), Houston (21) & Martin (20)
Assists: Houston (4)
Rebounds: Houston (16)
Steals: Trevor McLean (2)
Blocks: Houston & Martin (3)
NO. 7 NICHOLS
Points: DeAnte Bruton (31) & Nate Tenaglia (15)
Assists: Matt Morrow (3)
Rebounds: Morrow (18)
Steals: Bruton (4)
Blocks: Bruton & Jaekwon Spencer (1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson connected on 15 of its 29 attempts from the field (51.72%) and was able to hold Nichols to shooting below 30.0% to enter the half with a 37-24 lead.
- The visitors maintained a lead of at least four through the opening minutes of the first before they extended their advantage to nine on an 11-2 spurt capped off by a triple from junior Jack Healy (New York City, New York) at 11:57. (15-9)
- Nichols was never able to catch up to Emerson through the remaining nine minutes of the half for the closest they neared was five on two occasions, once at 24-19 and again at 5:07 (28-23).
- Just when the Bison looked they were about to make a run at the lead, the Lions began and ended a 9-1 run at the charity stripe to secure the 13-point cushion.
- The offensive momentum stayed on Emerson's side at the half as the Lions jumped out to its biggest edge at 18 when Waterhouse dropped in a pair of free throws (49-33) with 16:29 left in regulation.
- It was at 6:15 of the second half that Emerson saw its once commanding 18-point cushion slowly disappear as Nichols knocked its deficit into single digits at nine (65-56) on Morrow's layup.
- Emerson's offense came to a screeching half and let Nichols' comeback continue when a triple from Bruton followed by a jumper by Tenaglia pulled the Bison within one with 2:03 on the block (72-71).
- Houston went 2-for-2 at the free throw line to put Emerson back on top by three, 74-71, in the final 28 seconds before Bruton answered on the other end with the game-tying triple in the corner as the game entered overtime.
- Nichols gained its first lead of the game behind Kash Jackson's jumper at 2:41 of overtime (78-76), yet Houston put up a trey on Emerson's next possession a minute later to ice the Lions' overtime victory.
- Emerson opens up NEWMAC play at home on Wednesday, January 8 against Coast Guard at 2:00 p.m.
- Nichols enters a home non conference tilt with Tufts on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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