Bryan Rouse's 29 points and eight rebounds on 10-16 shooting lifted the Emerson College Men's Basketball team over the Suffolk University Rams 77-72 Tuesday night in a GNAC match at Suffolk's Regan Gymnasium. Despite the loss, John Murphy (North Reading, MA) gave a valiant effort scoring 26 points and dishing out six assists.
Emerson held a 70-66 lead after a Ben Chase (11 points) three with 4:31 remaining. Suffolk's Alan Jaziri (Norwich, CT) dropped in two of his seven points two minutes later and the Rams trailed just 70-68.
However, Emerson was able to hold off the Rams as Rouse sent home a two-pointer to give Emerson a 72-68 lead with 2:11 left in the game. Alfredo Tovar (7 points) added two free throws and Emerson led 74-68 with 2 minutes to go.
Murphy hit a layup to cut the Emerson lead to 74-70, but it was not enough as a Rouse free thow and two more free throws from Will Dawkins (15 points and 13 rebounds) gave Emerson a 77-70 lead to ice the game.
Emerson held a 57-49 lead with just under 10 minutes to play, however, an 8-0 Suffolk run in less than a minute tied the game at 57-57. Patrick Taylor (Wilmington, MA) had a two, Brad Schoonmaker (Southington, CT) had a three, and Murphy had a three to complete the run.
Taylor finished with 6 points and eight rebounds, while Schoonmaker finished with 19 points on 7-12 from the field (3-6 3pt FG).
Emerson led 40-34 early in the second half, but increased the lead to 50-39 with 14:10 thanks to a 10-5 run over a four minute span.
Emerson led 38-31 at the half and began the game on a 6-0 run thanks to three consecutive buckets from Rouse.
Emerson improved to a conference leading 5-1 in the GNAC and 9-5 overall. Suffolk dropped to 4-4 in the GNAC and 5-11 overall.
By Philip Camara
Suffolk Sports Information Intern