Senior earns second NEWMAC honor of season for men’s basketball


Geoff Gray (center, No. 3) is second on the men’s basketball team in points per game with an average of 20.9. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Andrew Lin

Senior point guard Geoff Gray won the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference offensive player of the week for the second time this season.

Gray guided the Lions to a 3-2 record in the past week with wins over Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, and Curry College and losses against Amherst College and Tufts University. He also won offensive player of the week for Nov. 12.

Gray registered a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds as Emerson rallied from a 12-point deficit at halftime to edge out Suffolk 72-68. In a 95-85 win over Emmanuel, Gray scored 20 points and tallied eight rebounds and six assists on 8-of-14 shooting. In the loss to Amherst College, Gray had a team-high 21 points and shot 7-of-16 from the field.

Over the three-game stretch during the week of Dec. 1, Gray averaged 23 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on 52.3 percent shooting from the field overall. Through ten games played this season, Gray scored 21.2 points to go along with 9.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists on 49.7 percent shooting overall.

Last season, Gray averaged 21.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He became the 14th player in Emerson men’s basketball history to hit 1,000 career points, doing so in a game against Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Jan. 17.

Gray tallied the program’s first triple-double stat line against Newbury College on Nov. 18 with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and scored a career-best and program-high of 47 points against Babson College on Feb. 14.

He was also featured in the NEWMAC Men’s Basketball First Team All-Conference and Academic All-Conference team at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Gray did not respond to a request for comment.

The men’s basketball team holds a 5-5 record with key wins over Suffolk University and Emmanuel College. Conference games do not start until Jan. 2 when the Lions travel to the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The Lions will host Brandeis University on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.