SUFFOLK MEN’S BASKETBALL
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Piano Row Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.
FINAL: EMERSON 83, SUFFOLK 66
BOSTON, Mass.-- Sophomore Jeremy Shannon (Lowell, Mass.) scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as Emerson ran its winning streak to four straight with an 83-66 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Suffolk Saturday afternoon at Piano Row Gymnasium.
The host Lions (18-3, 11-3 Great Northeast) jumped out to a 19-4 lead midway through the opening 20 minutes of play en route to a 44-28 advantage at the break, and after the visiting Rams (2-19, 1-13 Great Northeast) had closed to within 16 points early after intermission, Emerson used a 21-6 run over a 10 minute stretch to extend its edge to 31 points (67-36) on a three-pointer by senior Ben Chase (Newburyport, Mass.) with 8:31 remaining in the contest and maintained its double-digit advantage for the rest of the afternoon.
Senior Samuel Newman-Beck (West Medford, Mass.) added 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench in the win for the Lions, who also received 16 points and seven caroms from Chase. Emerson blistered the nets at a 59 percent clip in the first and shot 48 percent from the field overall, as the hosts committed only nine turnovers and turned 24 Suffolk miscues into 32 points while also holding a 24-12 scoring edge at the foul line on the day.
Freshman Mario Massimino (East Haven, Conn.) led three players in double figures with 15 points in the setback for the Rams, who also received 14 points (including four three-pointers) from freshman Mike Fleming (Exeter, N.H.). Junior Kevin Blake (Milford, Conn.) chipped with 12 points for the visitors, who also received seven points each from senior Tim Skaggs (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.). Suffolk shot 46 percent from the field and canned eight three-pointers while holding a 35-29 rebounding advantage for the afternoon.
Suffolk travels to Nashua, N.H. on Tuesday evening to take on Rivier in a Great Northeast outing that tips-off at 7:00 p.m., while Emerson heads to Newton Centre, Mass. on Tuesday evening to square off with Mount Ida in a Great Northeast match-up that begins at 6:00 p.m.