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Men’s basketball close to playoff berth

Headed into what could be the last few days of its season, Emerson’s men’s basketball team, currently 4-9 in conference play, needs to win its last game to make the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Playoffs.

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Pinckney rebounds from ineligibility

Austin Pinckney, a 6-foot-6 forward for Emerson’s men’s basketball team, was ruled academically ineligible last season.

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Men's ball looks to rebound from tough first quarter

At this time last year, the men’s basketball team was 5-3 and preparing for Division III powerhouse Amherst College, an eventual upset win for the Lions. A year later, Emerson is 3-4 and underperforming with a more complete roster.

Men's ball splits opening tourney

Expectations for the men’s basketball team have been as high as ever before going into this season, but an opening weekend split for the Lions proved there is still a lot of progress to be made.

For transfers, teams offer fast friendships

After taking a season off from soccer during her freshman year at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, sophomore Elle Wierbicky realized she wasn’t fully satisfied with her academic and athletic experience, and decided to transfer to Emerson.

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Men's basketball eyes conference title

After a season of remarkable upset that ended in an early playoff exit, Emerson’s men’s basketball team is focused on the future and its second year of competition in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.

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Swimming with the big fish

On a fall morning of his first semester of freshman year, Zach Dean, a journalism major, was watching ESPN’s polarizing morning debate show First Take, and found himself wanting to present his own opinion.

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Off the diamond, softball continues to excel

After the conclusion of their 2013 campaign, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association recognized Emerson’s softball team as the top academic team in the country, beating out 29 other Division 1, 2, and 3 schools with a 3.7 cumulative team GPA.

Very superstitious: Ritualistic freshmen anchor baseball

Emerson’s men’s baseball team (3-12) has secured one more win than they did all of last season through 15 games this season. And they’re doing it with the help of fresh faces, who are using old rituals to ease their way into the collegiate game.

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Two-sport athletes help women’s lacrosse team transition

Emerson’s women’s lacrosse team is in the midst of its first season of competition in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. As the team works to earn respect in its new conference, the squad will look to five dual sport athletes, who already have NEWMAC experience under their belt, to help propel their team into the playoffs.

Beacon winter sports awards: For men’s basketball, Goldberg, Thorpe lead the way

Emerson’s men’s basketball team (13-12, 6-8) made an unexpected run to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs this season, bolstered by strong offensive plays from forward Jon Goldberg and guard Michael Thorpe.

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Masked crusader takes over NEWMAC

For the past two weeks, a mysterious, masked man has been spotted practicing and playing with the playoff-bound Emerson men’s basketball team.

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Boston's Jim O'Brien

When a sports fan hears the name “Jim O’Brien, Boston basketball coach,” it conjures memories of the former Rick Pitino assistant who went on to coach the Boston Celtics squads on surprising playoff runs in the early 2000s. But Boston’s real Jim O’Brien is the one who sits in a subterranean office two floors below the Piano Row entrance, contemplating the rest of his third season as Emerson men’s basketball coach

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400th win just a number to O'Brien

Although tracking total career wins may be important to other head coaches, Jim O’Brien said he wasn’t even aware that he was pursuing career win No. 400 when the men's basketball team hosted Wheaton College eight days ago on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Pinckney academically ineligible to play

After playing the third-most minutes on the team in the Lions’ landmark win over the Jeffs, and participating in the remaining fall semester practices, Pinckney was named academically ineligible after fall grades were tallied.

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Carbone faces likely season-ending injury

During a routine game of five-on-five in practice last week, Carbone was driving to the basket and collided in mid-air with a teammate, landed awkwardly, and screamed in pain.

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Men's basketball players have big impact on Little Brothers

Last February, Thomas Bentley of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay contacted Jim O’Brien, third-year head coach of Emerson’s men’s basketball team, to propose a potential partnership with his team. After an extensive interview process last August, eight players were selected and paired with their Little Brothers from the Josiah Quincy School.

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Men’s basketball players are Big Brothers off the court

The life of a student-athlete can be exceedingly busy — especially for an in-season basketball player with practices or games nearly every day of the week. But five members of the Emerson men’s basketball team have made time for a cause they believe in.

Emerson sports roundup: Nov. 14-20

This week in Emerson sports.

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Men’s basketball bounces back after opening loss

After a disappointing loss in its season opener on Nov. 15, the Emerson men’s basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit — led by senior captain Jon Goldberg — to win the consolation of the Emerson Tip-Off Classic on Saturday at Brown and Plofker Gym.

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Men's basketball out to prove itself in NEWMAC

Despite landing in last place in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, the Emerson men’s basketball team is preparing for a statement season in its first year since leaving the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

Emerson sports roundup: Oct. 30-Nov.6

The final Emerson sporting events of the fall season.

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Men's basketball stung by voluntary exodus

Junior two-sport athlete Patrick Lowndes has been one of Emerson’s most noticeable players the past few years, but his signature afro will be absent from the court when the Lions kick off their season against Framingham State at the Emerson College Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 15.

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Cross-country: NEWMAC Championship meet preview

The Emerson men’s and women’s cross-country teams will face their toughest competition of the year on Sunday, Nov. 3 as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships will be held at Boston’s Franklin Park.

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Emerson sports roundup: Oct. 24-30

This week in Emerson sports.

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Lions King: Bowers ain't no passing craze

On game days, while most of his teammates are listening to pump-up music, Carter Bowers can be found listening to the Disney station on Pandora radio.

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Midnight Madness returns after one-year hiatus

As Columbus Day came to a close, Midnight Madness returned to Emerson College, kicking off the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Midnight Madness events are common to open the first day basketball teams are allowed to practice under NCAA guidelines, but Emerson skipped the tradition last year.

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Emerson sports roundup: Oct. 3-9

Welcome to the first installment of the Emerson sports roundup, a weekly feature recapping every game from the previous week.

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Women's soccer pockets first NEWMAC victory

Women’s soccer head coach David Suvak said sophomore Alyssa Giannone’s goal was the best he’s seen at Emerson since he began coaching the team in 2010 — not least because it gave Emerson its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference win in program history.

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Dokus emerges as Lions' frontrunner

Ali Dokus, a junior writing, literature, and publishing major from Littleton, Mass., secured her first collegiate win and helped Emerson finish second as a team, coming in with a time of 20 minutes and 35 seconds, a full 11 seconds ahead of the next-closest runner.

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Fitness center beefs up over summer

After a two-week undertaking that started this June and extended into July, Emerson College’s Fitness Center — located in basement of the Little Building has an all-new look, which includes an updated layout, freshly painted purple and gold walls, and improved equipment.

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Youth boosts women's soccer team

Like many other teams this year, the Emerson women’s soccer team boasts a trove of young talent with 11 freshmen. Coach David Suvak, who was recently promoted to full time, said his team will be challenged year, but he was happy with the way his young team has progressed.

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Tennis stars set Emerson standard

As a doubles tennis pairing, Savannah Mosser and Lacey Russell have racked up 37 wins and only 2 losses, but Emerson’s standout seniors have equally impressive singles records.

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Welcome to the NEWMAC: Lions leave GNAC

After 18 years in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, Emerson College has joined the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference as of this semester.

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It’s a coup — freshmen tour de four-ce

The freshmen quickly proved they were up to the challenge by scoring all of Emerson’s goals in its first three victories of the season, as well as in its recent tie against Albertus Magnus.