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Gray ‘19 to continue professional basketball journey with Ironi Kiryat Ata

Gray will play his second season of professional basketball for Ironi Kiryat Ata

By Ethan McDowell

August 9, 2020

In summer 2017, Geoff Gray ‘19 stood in a Jerusalem bar watching fans celebrate Hapoel Jerusalem’s Israeli Basketball Premier League Championship win.  This was Gray’s first in-person impression of professional basketball in Israel, and he said it created a lasting memory. A college junior a...

Houston recognized for leadership off the court

When he wasn't competing on the court as a member of the men's basketball team, Houston worked as an RA in the Little Building

By Emily Cardona, Deputy Sports Editor

May 4, 2020

Men’s basketball center Jarred Houston was scrolling through Twitter on April 9 when he found out he earned the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Student Leader of the Year Award. “This means a lot because of the amount of work I put in and how much I try to impact the Emerson community overa...

O’Connor and Boyle receive all-conference honors

Jack O'Connor (left) and Sam Boyle (right) finished the 2019-20 season with conference awards.

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

March 12, 2020

Although the men’s and women’s basketball teams both closed out their seasons with losses in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC playoffs, two key players received postseason recognition from the conference. Men’s basketball senior forward Jack O’Connor received a First-Team All-Conference ti...

Lions awarded two all-sportsmanship team selections

In addition to their all-sportsmanship selections, Madden and Holding also received spots on the academic all-conference team.

By Alberto Gilman

March 5, 2020

On Thursday, March 5, the NEWMAC released the Winter Sports All-Sportsmanship Teams, recognizing two senior Lions.  According to the conference’s website, the award recognizes student athletes who best represent the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference and its ideals.  Women's...

Men’s basketball falls in tense NEWMAC Quarterfinal

Nate Martin scored 19 points in Wednesday's loss. Photo credit: Rachel Culver

By Ethan Mcdowell

February 27, 2020

The men’s basketball team lost to the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday by a score of 80-78 after a potential game-winning three-point shot fell short, ending the Lions’ season with a 14-12 record. Coast Guard made its first three shots of the game, helping them build a 10-3 le...

Basketball shows up strong for NEWMAC Academic All-Conference

Photo credit: Jakob Menendez

By Emily Cardona

February 26, 2020

The men’s and women’s basketball team earned 13 spots on the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams for the 2019-2020 season. The 13 student athletes are required to have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average out of a 4.0 scale and reach second-year academic status to be eligible for the a...

Lions defeated by Beavers on senior night

Coach Bill Curley (left) poses with Jack O'Connor (No. 4), Ben Holding (No. 32), and their family members during the pregame ceremony. Photo credit: Rachel Culver

By Kayla Buck

February 20, 2020

The men's basketball team lost to Babson College on Wednesday by a score of 92-77 on its senior night. The Brown and Plofker Gym roared before the game tipped off as senior guard Jack O’Connor and senior forward Ben "Benny Buckets" Holding took their home court for the final time in the regular...

Lions tie season high in scoring against Clark

The men's basketball team shot a season high 64.9 percent from the field. Photo credit: Rachel Culver

By Megan Maclaren

February 13, 2020

The men's basketball team secured a top four seed in the conference playoffs after defeating Clark University by a score of 103-70, tying their highest scoring total this season.This is the third time this season the Lions scored over 100 points and the second time they achieved this feat against a New Eng...

Houston matures as centerpiece of the Lions

When he wasn't competing on the court as a member of the men's basketball team, Houston worked as an RA in the Little Building

By Pedro Figueiredo

February 6, 2020

Jarred Houston’s high school coaches almost cut him during his freshman season. He now leads the conference in multiple categories as a 6’10” center on the men’s basketball team. “I had my end of year meeting with my freshman coach, and he told me they were planning on cutting me,” Houston...

Balanced scoring leads Lions to win over MIT

The Lions picked up their fifth NEWMAC win of the season on Saturday.

By Ethan McDowell

February 2, 2020

Five Lions scored double–digit points in the men’s basketball team’s victory over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, on Saturday, marking its second victory over the Engineers this season. The Lions defeated MIT by a score of 86–57 and held the Engineers to 35 percent shooting....

New Lions adjust to Emerson on and off the court

Max Davis (left) and Bryan Lupianez (right) joined the men's basketball team in late December Photo credit: Cho Yin Rachel Lo

By Megan Maclaren

January 29, 2020

Freshmen shooting guards Max Davis and Bryan Lupianez, the two newest additions to the men’s basketball team, said one of the best things about Emerson is the food served in the Dining Center."I like it, the DH is really good," Lupianez said in an interview. "My favorite is either the omelet or t...

Lions defeat Lyons behind team-first play

Senior guard Jack O’Connor scored 24 points and pulled down six rebounds against Wheaton on Saturday.

By Brendan Walker

January 25, 2020

Four players scored double-digit points in the men’s basketball team's fourth conference win, a 14-point victory against the Wheaton College Lyons on Saturday. Wheaton came into this matchup on a six-game losing streak and ranked last in the NEWMAC. The Lions extended the Lyons' losing streak with...

Lions suffer loss against WPI in conference championship rematch

Junior guard jack Healy helps up teammate Ben Allen during a game against WPI on jan. 22, 2020.

By Megan Maclaren

January 23, 2020

The men's basketball team fell to Worcester Polytechnic Institute by a score of 87-64 in a rematch of last season's NEWMAC championship on Wednesday, snapping the Lions two-game win streak. The Lions last faced the Engineers in the 2019 NEWMAC championship game, where the Lions defeated the Enginee...

Men’s basketball upsets nationally-ranked team in NEWMAC playoff rematch

Ben Allen scored four points and pulled down three rebounds in the win over Springfield.

By Brendan Walker, Correspondent

January 18, 2020

The men’s basketball team defeated nationally-ranked Springfield College on Saturday by a score of 74-70 in a stunning last-minute victory.   Springfield came into this matchup as the 19th ranked team in the country, and also boasted the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference’s ...

Lions enter conference play at the top of the food chain

Sophomore Zach Waterhouse is averaging 14.5 points per game while shooting 37 percent from behind the arc.

By Ethan McDowell

January 16, 2020

Men’s basketball head coach Bill Curley knew his team’s mentality needed to change following its 2019 NEWMAC championship.  The Lions are no longer underdogs, and Curley wants the squad to keep this in mind as they continue conference play. “Last year we got to hunt people down, and no on...

Balanced scoring leads men’s basketball past Lesley

Freshman James Beckwith scored 18 points with 4 three pointers in 19 minutes off the bench for the Lions.

By Ethan McDowell

December 11, 2019

The men’s basketball team defeated Lesley University on Tuesday by its largest margin of victory so far. A 54-point first half gave the Lions an early advantage, and they never trailed on their way to a 103-70 win.  The Lions started the first half with six straight points—including four from sop...

Lions fall to nationally ranked Amherst

Senior Jack O'Connor (left) shoots the ball over an Amherst player.

By Ethan McDowell

December 7, 2019

Nationally ranked Amherst College snapped the men’s basketball team’s three-game winning streak after defeating the Lions by a score of 97-86. Amherst came into the game ranked 14th in Division III and lost to Babson College on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Lions held as much as a seven-point lead in the first half and shot 60 ...

Sophomore leading the charge for the Lions

Sophomore Nate Martin palms the basketball with ease in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

By Andrew Lin

December 4, 2019

Growing up surrounded by the rich basketball culture of Washington D.C., sophomore guard Nate Martin could not have asked to be raised in a better environment to develop his skills on the court. Washington D.C. is famous for producing some of the most talented basketball players to compete in th...

Men’s basketball edges past Suffolk in first game back from break

Chloe Allen (left) is the sole center on the women’s basketball team.

By Megan MacLaren

December 4, 2019

The men’s basketball team narrowly defeated Suffolk University for its second straight win by a score of 75-73 in its first game back from the holiday break.  “We came out, we played hard, we had good energy,” assistant coach Jack Barrett said in a post-game interview. “We could have pla...

Sophomore guard set to bounce back after two years of injury

DiCenzo leads the team with 16 assists through three games. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

By Peirce Eldredge

November 16, 2019

In his first full competitive season since his senior year of high school, sophomore point guard Chad DiCenzo is showing promise on the men’s basketball team. DiCenzo enters this season coming off two consecutive years of injury. He transferred to Emerson after starting his collegiate career at Clar...

Men’s basketball dominates in home opener

Senior Jack O'Connor (right) recorded four three-point shots and three steals against Worcester State. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

By Bo Feekins

November 9, 2019

The men’s basketball team beat Worcester State University 99-69 in the season-opener, led by senior guard Jack O’Connor.  The Lions dominated in the first half and went into halftime leading 49-28. O’Connor’s first-half performance pleased head coach Bill Curley.  “The way O’Connor...

Regis defeats the Lions in opening scrimmage

Senior Jack O'Connor scored 17 points with 40 percent shooting from the field in the Lions' scrimmage against Regis College. Aaron J. Miller / Beacon Staff

By Ethan McDowell

November 1, 2019

The men’s basketball team lost to Regis College 87-81 in its season-opening scrimmage, despite the 23 points from sophomore guard Nate Martin.  Both teams went back-and-forth in a high-scoring first half. The Lions trailed 37-38 going into the break behind Martin’s 19 points. The defensive...

Men’s basketball freshman out for season with hip injury

Courtesy of James Gascoigne

By Ethan McDowell

October 31, 2019

Men’s basketball forward James Gascoigne felt an intense pain in his knees as he ran up the court during his senior season at Arlington High School.  “I was just constantly in pain,” Gascoigne said in an interview. “I felt like an old man.”  The 6’4” forward played through the ...

Men’s basketball determined to defend championship title

Senior Jack O'Connor (left) won the NEWMAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player award last season. Beacon Archive.

By Ethan McDowell

October 23, 2019

Freshman guard Ben Allen and sophomore guard Zach Waterhouse shared the soccer field in elementary school—now they share the basketball court in college. Waterhouse and Allen played sports together their entire childhood growing up in nearby towns in New Hampshire, including high school basketball ...

Men’s basketball receives first-ever NEWMAC championship rings

Sophomore Drake Murphy poses with his NEWMAC championship ring. Domenic Conte / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

October 9, 2019

Players on the men’s basketball team received championship rings this week after winning the program’s first-ever conference title in the 2019 season. “Being here for nine years, it’s the first time we came close to a championship, and that’s what you play for,” head coach Bill Curley said in an i...

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