Emerson Slows Down Men's Basketball, 62-47

Josh Croskey shot an efficient 7-for-12 from the field on his way to a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) in the loss to Emerson (Lee Testor photo).
Josh Croskey shot an efficient 7-for-12 from the field on his way to a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) in the loss to Emerson (Lee Testor photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Emerson College 62, Dean College 47
Records: Emerson College (4-1), Dean College (2-2)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Emerson College held Dean to less than 25 percent shooting from the field and then held off a second-half Bulldog rally to post a 62-47 win on Tuesday evening in non-league men's basketball action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The contest started out slowly as both teams struggled to find their rhythm but by halfway through the opening stanza, the Lions were in front 17-6 following back-to-back three-pointers from Geoffrey Gray.  

Emerson's advantage ballooned to 27-10 after a hoop by John Geary late in the half but Dean got a basket from Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) and three-pointer from Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) to go into halftime down, 31-15.

Less than two minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs found themselves down 37-15 after a Geary triple and a Gray interior hoop.

Their deficit stood at 41-19 when Jack O'Connor joined in on the act with a little less than 16 minutes to go, but the Lions' offense went cold and went nearly five minutes without a basket. During that time frame, Dean was able to whittle away at the lead as Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) provided the scoring punch and Marquez Walls (Tampa, Fla.) brought the energy off the bench.

Croskey had a pair of mid-range jumpers, while Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) converted a three-point play to get the Bulldogs to within nine at 44-35.

Things got even closer after Croskey scored again inside and Kendall Hamilton (Lakeville, Mass.) dropped in a wing jumper, making the score 46-39.

Unfortunately, for the Bulldogs, that would be as close as they would get despite holding the Lions to a 2-for-8 shooting performance in the final eight minutes, Emerson went 10-for-14 from the charity stripe at the same time to help hold Dean off.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Gray, who scored 15 points in the first half, had the final five Emerson points of the contest and finished with a game-best 24. Geary, meanwhile, ended with seven points and 12 rebounds and O'Connor totaled 14 points and eight rebounds.

Croskey was the lone Bulldog to reach double figures, posting 16 points and 11 boards.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when they play host to Rivier University. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. Emerson, meanwhile, remains on the road on Thursday as they visit city rival Emmanuel at 7:00 PM as well.

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