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Women’s basketball clinches NEWMAC playoff spot
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Women’s basketball clinches NEWMAC playoff spot

Emerson’s women’s basketball team celebrated Valentine’s Day with a playoff-clinching win over Wheaton College. The 75-50 victory secured the women’s basketball team’s first playoff berth since 2015, when the Lions lost to Wheaton in the quarterfinals. The team is the first to clinch a playoff spot in the 2017-2018 season for Emerson athletics. Head coach...

Gray scores 1,000th career point vs. WPI
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Gray scores 1,000th career point vs. WPI

Emerson men’s basketball point guard Geoff Gray scored his 1,000th career point early in Saturday’s 105-77 loss to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Gray entered the day needing just one point to reach 1,000, and his drive to the basket with 7:27 to play in the first half secured the milestone. He finished with 21 points and made five...

Men’s basketball: Lions down Clark in OT thriller
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Men’s basketball: Lions down Clark in OT thriller

Emerson’s men’s basketball team didn’t have time to think about the stat line of point guard Geoff Gray as he approached 1,000 career points in the closing minutes of Wednesday’s matchup with Clark University. The Lions had a game to win. With less than a minute to play, sophomore guard Jack O’Connor made two key...

Lions point guard close to landmark basket
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Lions point guard close to landmark basket

Junior point guard Geoff Gray is on the verge of scoring his 1,000th career point for Emerson’s men’s basketball team, which would gain him entry into an exclusive club of 17 players who previously accomplished the feat at the college. Gray scored 17 points in Emerson’s 86-57 loss to Springfield College on Saturday, leaving him 26...

Scouting the freshmen: Setters could relieve pressure on Rusk
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Scouting the freshmen: Setters could relieve pressure on Rusk

Emerson’s men’s volleyball team kicks off its season against Dean College on Feb. 1 in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym. Fans will get a look at the Lions’ four new freshmen, Marcus Cepeda, Matt Connolly, Joris Pijpers, and Samuel Willinger. The Beacon spoke to head coach Ben Read for a scouting report on...

Schedule breakdown: Lions prepare for nationally ranked foes
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Schedule breakdown: Lions prepare for nationally ranked foes

Head coach Ben Read said there’s no perfect method to scheduling preseason contests, but he hopes to create a balance as his team prepares for the season. “We do try to play some easier teams [so] that we can try some lineups out, build some confidence, and also get some tougher teams,” Read said. Two...

Season Preview: Men’s Volleyball ready to build on playoff run
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Season Preview: Men’s Volleyball ready to build on playoff run

A year after finishing fifth in the GNAC and advancing to the playoffs despite key losses, Emerson’s men’s volleyball team finds itself pegged for an uncharacteristically low finish in the annual conference coaches’ poll—but players are setting the bar higher. The poll, released on Jan. 16, projects a seventh-place finish for the Lions, which would...

Women’s Basketball: Ashby sets all-time record for steals
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Women’s Basketball: Ashby sets all-time record for steals

The steal has always been Eastin Ashby’s bread and butter, and now she owns the school record to prove it. The women’s basketball team’s senior guard collected her 186th career steal during Saturday’s big win over Coast Guard, which makes her the all-time Emerson leader in the category. Her teammates led a brief cheer after...

Women’s basketball grabs key NEWMAC win over Coast Guard
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Women’s basketball grabs key NEWMAC win over Coast Guard

In the second quarter of Saturday’s Emerson women’s basketball game, Eastin Ashby picked the pocket of an opponent—something she had done 185 times before in her Lions career. Ashby’s 186th career steal placed her atop the all-time Emerson leaderboard in the category, and was part of a resurgent defensive effort by the Lions. After two...

Winter break recap: Men’s basketball picks up two key NEWMAC wins
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Winter break recap: Men’s basketball picks up two key NEWMAC wins

Emerson’s men’s basketball team kept pace in the NEWMAC standings during winter break, compiling a 2-2 record to place fourth in the conference entering Wednesday’s games. A loss to WPI on Wednesday knocked Emerson behind the Engineers and into fifth place in the conference, still leaving the Lions in playoff position. The break was highlighted...