Boston, Mass. - January 13, 2018 - The Springfield College men's basketball team used a 22-5 run midway through the second half to surge past Emerson, 80-60, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash on Saturday afternoon in the Brown & Plofker Gym.
The Pride has now won its last three outings, scoring at least 80 points in all of them, to improve to 9-6, 3-1, while Emerson drops to 8-7, 2-2.
Springfield's offense continued to put up impressive numbers as five players scored in double figures, led by Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.), who tallied 18 points, 11 boards, and four assists in the win. Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) produced 15 points, Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) netted 14 points to go along with seven helpers, and both Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) and Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored 10 points. The Pride dominated the boards, holding a 44-26 edge on the glass and outscored the Lions, 40-14 in the paint.
After Emerson jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening two-plus minutes of the game, the Pride took its first lead of the afternoon when Ross drilled a trifecta for a 14-11 edge at the 13:39 mark. Neither team would lead by more than three the rest of the half and would be tied eight times, the last after a McNulty inside finish at 36-all with 1:03 remaining. However, Emerson's sixth three-pointer of the half on the ensuing possession allowed the hosts to take a 39-36 advantage into the break.
Knotted at 43-all with 16:07 remaining in regulation, Springfield broke open the game with a 22-5 run that allowed the visitors to earn a 65-48 cushion with 8:21 on the clock. The Pride did the majority of their damage in the paint, registering eight layups to take complete control of the game. After Emerson battled their away to within 67-54 at 5:34, Springfield closed out the game with a 13-6 burst to run away with the 20-point victory.
Springfield will now prepare for a battle with another nationally-ranked team, this time in No. 11 MIT, when it heads to Cambridge for a 7pm showdown on Wednesday.