-Score: Emerson College 86, Clark University 81
-Records: Clark (4-9, NEWMAC 0-2), Emerson (7-6, NEWMAC 2-0)
-Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
-The Lead: The Lions of Emerson College came out victorious in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup with the Clark University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon. The closely contested contest saw three ties and three lead changes before the hosts were able to clinch the victory over Clark, 86-81.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark jumped out to an early 8-0 lead when sophomores Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) and Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and junior Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) capped off the run with a layup at the 18:16 mark (8-0).
-After Clark led by as many as 10 points in the first half Emerson used a 6-1 rally that included a three from junior Ben Holding (South Dartmouth, Mass.) and a three-point play form his classmate Jack O'Connor (Newport, R.I.) to take a 22-19 lead with 11:55 on clock.
-The Cougars regained the lead when first year Alex Nazaire (Ellicott City, Md.) added five points from back-to-back layups and a free-throw with 10 minutes remaining in the first (24-22). The half saw two more ties before the Lions were able to pull ahead by six points heading into the break (50-44).
-Senior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) led the Lions with 16 points in the first 20 minutes while first year Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, N.H.) added 13 and O'Connor put up 10. Freshman Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) led Clark in the first half with eight points including a 2-for-2 showing from behind the arc. Kittredge added six points and four steals in the first 20 minutes.
-Emerson took their largest lead of the game with 18:40 on the clock in the second half when first year Trevor McLean (Boston, Mass.) grabbed a pass from Gray behind the arc and hit the shot for the 57-44 advantage. The Cougars rallied to tie the game at 63-63 at the 12:10 mark. Lapeyrolerie drained a three and a layup to add five points in the rally while Gayman, Davern, Kittredge, and senior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) put up two points each.
-The Lions climbed back to an eight point lead, 71-63, at the 8:08 mark when McLean and Gray combined for six points in the rally. The Cougars came as close as three with 4:41 to play (75-72) but the Lions never gave up the lead and went on to take the 86-81 victory.
-Waterhouse led Emerson with 11 points in the second half on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. Lapeyrolerie added 11 points for Clark in the second on 4-for-8 shooting from the field including a 3-for-4 showing from three-point range.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Lapeyrolerie led Clark in scoring with 19 points and was one rebound away from a double-double with nine defensive rebounds. Davern and sophomore Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) each added 12 points, Gayman added 11, and Kittredge rounded out double-digit scoring with 10 points.
-Waterhouse led all players with 24 points for Emerson. Gray followed up with 23 points of his own to go along with his game-leading 11 rebounds.
-Clark shot 43.8% from the field while Emerson shot 43.7%.
-Clark went 13-for-17 from the free-throw line for 76.5% shooting. Emerson was 16-for-25 from the line for 64% free-throw shooting.
-The Lions outrebounded the Cougars 48-34.
-Clark forced Emerson to turn the ball over 12 times and converted them into 20 points. Emerson forced 10 Clark turnovers and converted them into 11 points.
-Clark hosts Springfield College in NEWMAC action on Wednesday, January 9th at 11:30 a.m.
-Emerson is back at home on the same day when they host MIT in conference play at 6:00 p.m.