Score: Wentworth Institute of Technology, 60; Emmanuel College, 56
Records: Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards (6-2); Emmanuel College Saints (1-7)
Location: Boston, Mass. – Andy Yosinoff Court
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
THE LEAD: Wentworth Institute of Technology erased a seven point deficit over the final eight minutes of regulation to power past host Emmanuel College, 60-56, Thursday evening in non-conference men's basketball action on the Andy Yosinoff Court.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Saints opened the game with a 7-2 spurt to take an early five point lead before the Leopards responded with a 10-0 run to take a 12-7 lead following a pair of free throws by Stephen Azums (Hyde Park, Mass.).
- Wentworth extended the lead to eight points (17-9) following another Azums bucket before Emmanuel went on a 10-2 flurry to pull within one at 21-19 after back-to-back threes by senior Alex Minetti (Wakefield, R.I.) and freshman Jack Moulder (Newtown, Conn.).
- Over the final few minutes of the half, the Leopards made it a two possession game to carry a 29-25 cushion into the break.
- Emmanuel came out of the locker room scoring five quick points capped by a three by junior guard Joe Tamburro (South Windsor, Conn.) to take a 30-29 lead, their first advantage since early in the game.
- The squads would trade leads until a free throw by WIT's Jason Ganley (Northbridge, Mass.) pulled the Leopards up four at 36-32 with 12:53 to play.
- The hosts used an 8-0 run to regain the upper hand with a 40-36 lead before taking their largest lead of the night at 44-37 following a jumper by junior forward Isaiah Ruffen (Haverhill, Mass.) with 7:51 to play.
- Wentworth battled to even the score with a quick 7-0 spurt of its own to tie the game at 44-44 after a pair from the stripe by Michael Boaheng (Worcester, Mass.).
- Over the next four minutes, the teams traded leads to a 51-50 score as sophomore Emmett Riddick (Middletown, Mass.) put EC on top by one with 2:42 left in the half but on the next possession, senior Ben Kizel (Short Hills, N.J.) drained a deep three to give WIT the lead for good en route to the 60-56 road victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Ganley led all scorers with 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting from the field while Azums and Boaheng also posted double-figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
- Tamburro paced the Saints with a team-high 15 points while Riddick struggled from the floor shooting just 4-for-18 from the field for 14 points.
- Azums and Tamburro each grabbed eight rebounds to lead their teams on the glass.
- Wentworth held the Saints to a 16.7% shooting percentage from behind the arc on the night.
- The Saints out-rebounded the Leopards 43-34 owning the battle of the boards.
- Both teams shot well from the line as Emmanuel finished the night 20-for-25 (80.0%) while the Leopards finished 13-for-15 (86.7%).
- Emmanuel closes out the semester on Saturday, December 9 at Johnson & Wales University for a 3:00 PM Great Northeast Athletic Conference match up.
- Wentworth hosts Mount Ida College the same day with a 3:00 PM tip.