St. Joseph's College: 73
Emerson College: 68
The Emerson men's basketball team played its first home playoff game on Tuesday night under the leadership of head coach Jim O'Brien in his second season on staff. Despite their efforts, the Lions lost to St. Joseph’s College of Maine 73-68 in overtime, their third loss to the Monks this season.
At the end of the initial half, Emerson outscored the Monks for the first time in a single half all season. The starting five played 81 out of the 100 possible minutes and also managed to score all of their team's 27 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Sophomore Pat Lowndes and freshman Brian Hurley led the Lions in scoring with eight points apiece. Emerson also forced 10 turnovers and held St. Joe's to only 20 points on 33 percent shooting.
In the second half, Emerson was able to extend its lead to 15 points, but squandered it as the Monks forced nine turnovers, shot 52.2 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from behind the three - point line. Emerson was given a chance to win the game in regulation, but Lowndes watched his shot go in-and-out as time expired. Overtime belonged to St. Joe's, as they outscored Emerson 18-13 in the final five minutes.
The loss ended the season for the Lions, but with a roster comprised of 13 underclassmen, Emerson was able to finish with a 13-5 record in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and 15-11 overall. Their 13-4 record in the GNAC gave them a tie for the third-best record in the conference.
This is the last season that Emerson will play in the GNAC, as they are moving to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference next year.