Dec. 11, 2007
Courtesy Emerson Sports Information
BOSTON, Mass. - Emerson College rode the strength of six players in double figures to a 91-81 non-conference victory over MIT. The victory gives Emerson a 7-0 record and extends the best start in the history of the program. It also marks only the second time the Lions have defeated the Engineers in 16 meetings.
Senior Ben Chase led the attack with 23 points. Chase was 9-of-10 from the field including two three-point shots and also was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. Fellow fourth-year standout Will Dawkins added 15 for the Lions.
Emerson led throughout the game taking the lead on a Dawkins lay-up 18 seconds into the contest. The Lions were able to extend the lead to eight points on a Jeremy Shannon lay-up with 11:55 remaining in the half.
MIT (6-4) battled back to tie the game at 22-22 on a lay-up by Jimmy Bartolotta, but Emerson went on a 15-6 run to extend the lead to nine points. A three-pointer by Daniel McCue closed the gap to six, but two free throws by Jon Showers gave the Lions a 41-33 halftime lead.
Following a lay-up by Bartolotta, MIT cut the lead to six to begin the second half. Emerson responded with a 7-0 run to go up 48-35. MIT crept back to within eight on a lay-up by Will Mroz, but a 9-1 run by the Lions moved the lead to 16.
MIT made one final push, pulling to within nine with 3:35 remaining on a lay-up by Billy Johnson. A traditional three point play by Chase, a lay-up by Dawkins, and two free throws each from senior Joe Boylan and junior Anthony Remias gave Emerson a comfortable 90-74 lead with 1:35 remaining in the game.
MIT out-rebounded Emerson 42-12 in the game but the Engineers committed 29 turnovers and committed 33 personal fouls. Emerson shot a blistering 57.4% from the field for the game, including 5-of-6 from three-point land and 32-of-38 from the foul line.
Bartolotta led all scorers in the contest with 30 points, with Johnson (15), McCue (11) and Mroz (11) also reaching double figures. Johnson had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
In addition to Chase and Dawkins, Boylan had 12, Remias 11, Shannon 12, and Bryan Rouse 11 points. Dawkins also contributed six assists and six steals.
After opening the season with a 5-1 record, the Engineers have lost three of their last four. Despite the loss, Bartolotta set an MIT career record with his ninth 30-point performance.