BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's basketball team earned a hard fought 64-61 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win over Emerson College on Wednesday night.
The win moves the Lyons to 8-7 on the season and 2-3 in the conference. Emerson slips to 5-11 overall and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Billy Battaglia paced the Lyons with a game-high 23 points with the help of a 9-15 performance from the floor and 5-6 showing from the free-throw line. Quinton Dale finished with the games only double-double, netting 11 points to go with his 11 rebounds, 10 of which were on the defensive side of the ball. Timothy Berry contributed 13 points in the win and Ryan Fogarty ended the evening with 12.
Michael Thorpe scored a team-high 21 points off the bench for Emerson, hitting 7-15 from the field and 4-7 from the charity stripe. Tyson Hallowell scored 15 points for the Lions, while Austin Pinckney scored seven. Pinckney led the Lions with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Wheaton jumped out to an early lead courtesy of three pointers from both Fogarty and Berry. Late in the half Emerson closed the gap with a three from Thorpe to make it a 22-21 contest. Battaglia then went on a run for Wheaton, scoring five points in the last three minutes, helping send the Lyons into the locker room leading 31-28.
The second half saw both teams trade points with Wheaton barely holding onto its first half lead. Emerson took its first lead of the game with a Thorpe three-pointer with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game. Berry responded moments later with a three of his own to give the lead back to the Lyons.
With two minutes remaining Emerson freshman Geoffrey Gray made a layup to knot the game at 59-59. Wheaton once again retook the lead, but Hallowell pulled Emerson within a point with 22 seconds remaining. Battaglia increased the Lyon lead with a made free-throw, which was followed by another from David Carbonello which sealed the victory for Wheaton.
Wheaton returns home for its next contest, hosting WPI on Saturday, Jan. 23 for a 3 p.m. tip.