Boston, Mass. - February 2, 2019 - Despite an incredible comeback late in regulation, the Springfield College men's basketball team was clipped in double overtime by Emerson, 95-93, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) battle on Saturday.
Emerson improved to 11-10, 6-4 in the conference, while the Pride dropped to 7-14, 4-6 NEWMAC.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) paced the Pride with 32 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, while Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) poured in a career-best 25 points as he cashed in on 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) added 13 points and eight boards as the Pride shot 15-of-39 from beyond the arc.
Emerson had five players score in double figures, led by Geoffrey Gray who netted 25 points to go along with 13 boards and six assists. Jarred Houston registered 13 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists of his own, Zach Waterhouse recorded 20 points and nine boards, Jack O'Connor tallied 18 points, and Nate Martin came off the bench for 14 points. Emerson held a 49-38 advantage on the glass and finished the contest shooting 48% from the floor
The game was tight throughout the first half, with Emerson holding the largest lead of seven points, which came after a Waterhouse three with 11:46 remaining to bring the score to 24-17. However, Springfield tied the game at 40-all on an Earle three pointer with just under two minutes to play in the half, only to have the hosts close out the stanza on an 8-2 run, behind three pointers by O'Connor and Martin, to take a 48-42 at the break. Ross had 18 points in the first half, but Emerson benefitted from shooting nearly 60% from the floor as they hit 19 of their 33 field goal attempts.
The Lions kept their lead to start the second half, extending it to 58-51 with 13:04 remaining. From there, Springfield went on a 9-2 run, capped off by a Ross free throw with 7:40 remaining to even the score at 60. Emerson would hold a 75-69 lead with 1:05 to play, but Springfield would score six-unanswered. The Pride took advantage ofn Emerson turnover and missed front end of a 1-and-1 to tie things up at 75 following two freebies from Ross with 12 seconds left. Emerson had a chance at the buzzer, but Gray's elbow jumper fell short.
In the first overtime period, Emerson built a three-point lead on a Martin jumped with 39 ticks on the clock remaining, but in the waning moments, Post grabbed a rebound and kicked the ball out to Earle, who launched from close to midcourt, connecting as time expired to bring the game to a second overtime at 87-all.
In the double overtime session, Emerson again jumped out to a four-point advantage, 91-87. With four seconds remaining, Gray could have iced the game from the stripe but missed them both, and Post was quickly fouled. He connected on the first free throw, bringing the score within two. After intentionally missing the second shot, Earle's 15-foot bid from the baseline missed as time expired, giving Emerson the win at 95-93.
Springfield will play again on Wednesday when it hosts Wheaton at 7 pm.