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Feb. 13, 2010

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. - The Emerson College Men's Basketball Team eased past the host Saints of Emmanuel College, 69-55, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match-up played in the Jean Yawkey Center on Saturday afternoon. The Lions jumped out to an early lead over the Saints and shot near 50% from the floor en route to the solid conference win. Senior guard Jeremy Shannon (Lowell, Mass.) poured in a game-high 21 points for Emerson, which improves to 16-7 overall and 13-3 in the league. The loss drops Emmanuel to 4-19 on the season and 3-13 in GNAC play.

An and-one by Isaiah Duke (Albany, N.Y.) put the Saints on the board early with a 3-2 lead. However, a trey by Alex Dempsey (Anchorage, Alaska) switched the advantage over to the Lions and Emerson would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. A free throw by Shannon doubled up the Saints' score at the 15-minute mark, as the Lions took a 14-7 lead.

A baseline drive and a lay-up by Nathan Firn (Wadesboro, N.C.) gave Emerson a 21-13 edge at the 10-minute mark. Firn's hoop, as well as a fast-break lay-up by Shannon, were part of an 11-0 run by the Lions and Emmanuel was forced to call a full time-out, trailing 29-13, with 6:24 left until halftime.

Out of the time-out, the Lions' run continued, as Firn dropped a lay-up and a free throw to bring the spread to 32-13 with 4 minutes to go. Emmanuel was held scoreless for seven-straight minutes during the Lions' spurt. The Saints' drought ended on a pair of freebies by Xavier Everson (Rochester, N.Y.) to bring the score to 34-15. A three-pointer by Emmanuel guard Michael Mailhot (Norwich, Conn.) cut the Saints' deficit to 34-18 with 3:50 left in the half. A pair of free throws by Dan Boylan (Royal Oak, Mich.) and a lay-up by Shannon stretched Emerson's lead to twenty points (38-18) at the break.

Emerson's defense forced 19 Emmanuel turnovers and held the Saints to just six field goals in the first half. The Lions shot 48.1%, hitting 13 of their 27 attempts form the floor. Firn led Emerson at the break with 10 points, while Bryan Rouse (East Greenwich, R.I.) chipped in with 9 points for the visitors. Mailhot was the high-scorer at halftime for the Saints with 5 points.

Mailhot came out of the break on fire, draining four-straight hoops to start the second period with a 9-4 Emmanuel run and brought the score to 42-27, Lions. A triple by Shannon pushed the Lions' lead up over twenty points with just over twelve minutes left to play.

The Saints slowly chipped away at the Emerson lead. Emmanuel cut the deficit to 13 points after an Everson lay-up to bring the score to 59-46 at the five-minute mark. A hoop in the paint by Shannon capped another 4-0 run by the Lions and forced a Saints' time-out with the score at 63-46 and four minutes left to play.

Emmanuel managed to bring the spread back to 13 points (65-52) on a bucket in the key by Everson at the two-minute mark. The Saints would come no closer, however, as the Lions pulled away with the 69-55 win.

Shannon led the Lions with 21 points on 6 for 9 shooting, while hitting 8 of 12 from the free throw line. Firn finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Rouse added 14 points for the Lions. Boylan dished out a game-high 5 assists for the visitors.

Mailhot dropped 14 points for Emmanuel, shooting 60% from the field. Everson chipped in with 10 points, while Connor Morgan (Chepachet, R.I.) kicked in 9 points and 3 assists off the bench for the Saints.

The Saints committed 26 turnovers versus just 10 by the Lions. Emmanuel managed to out-rebound Emerson, 43-26, including 18 Saints' boards on the offensive end, but scored just 12 second-chance points.

Emmanuel will return to action on Tuesday night. The Saints will host the Cadets of Norwich University in a 7pm start. The two seniors on the Saints squad (Zach Luster and Karl Gonzalez) will be honored prior to the start of their last home game.