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Men's Basketball Puts Up 94-75 NEWMAC Opening Victory Over Coast Guard

Men's Basketball Puts Up 94-75 NEWMAC Opening Victory Over Coast Guard

THE BASICS 

Score: Emerson 94, Coast Guard 75

Records: Emerson Lions (8-4, 1-0 NEWMAC) ; Coast Guard Bears (5-6, 0-1 NEWMAC)

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Lead: The Emerson men's basketball received help from all sides and saw six Lions register double figures in the score column to help the home team to a NEWMAC opening 94-75 victory over Coast Guard on Wednesday afternoon.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

EMERSON

Points: Jack O'Connor
(28), Jarred Houston (16), James Beckwith (15), Zach Waterhouse (11), Trevor McLean  & Max Davis (10)
Assists: McLean & Houston (6)
Rebounds: O'Connor (13)
Steals: Waterhouse (3)
Blocks: Houston (5)


COAST GUARD

Points: Noah Baldez (23), Packy Witkowski & Tyler Perez (11)
Assists: Baldez (7)
Rebounds: Baldez (12)
Steals: Jason Frazer, Garrett Drummond & Perez (1)
Blocks: Witkowski & Perez (1)

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Emerson used its strength beyond the arc as Waterhouse, O'Connor & Beckwith drained three triples to give themselves an 11-point cushion at the 16:51 mark (15-4). 
  • Strong defensive stops by the Lions kept Coast Guard off the boards, which allowed the hosts to  capitalize on its end with a 10-3 run as the lead margin was bumped up to 18 (25-7). 
  • The hosts lifted its extensive lead into the 20s at the 8:55 mark of the opening half on Waterhouse's jumper (37-16) and was able to comfortably maintain a 20+ cushion as Beckwith dropped a last second basket with the score at 56-35 at the half. 
  • After a slow first half, Coast Guard's offense picked up the pace to start off the second half when Cox drained a triple right out the gate 11 seconds into play. 
  • With a 16 point lead over the Bears at the 12:40 mark of the frame, the visitors recorded a 15-6 spurt to diminish the Lions' lead all the way down into single digits at seven on Witkowski's shot from downtown (75-68). 
  • Coast Guard stayed right on the backs of Emerson and kept within single digits over the next several minutes before the Lions' offense sparked life and answered on an 8-0 streak capped off by O'Connor's slam dunk at 2:56 with the hosts back up by 17 (87-70). 
  • The Lions coasted through the remaining three minutes of regulation as O'Connor iced the 22-point win with a jumper as the final stood at 94-72. 

 

UP NEXT

  • Emerson hits the road for a NEWMAC tilt out in Worcester against Clark on Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Coast Guard will also be in road NEWMAC action on Saturday as the Bears trek to MIT for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off. 

 

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