Men's Basketball Ends the Season With 73-70 Victory

Men's Basketball Ends the Season With 73-70 Victory

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's basketball team ended the 2015-16 season with a 73-70 win over Emerson College in New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon in Emerson Gymnasium. 

With the win, the Lyons conclude the year 10-14 overall and 4-10 in conference play. The Lions of Emerson finish the regular season 10-15 overall and 5-9 in the NEWMAC. 

Prior to the start of the contest Wheaton honored lone senior Billy Battaglia, who netted 13 points in the game on 4-12 shooting from the floor and a 4-4 performance from the free-throw line. The 13 points helps Battaglia finish his career seventh all-time in points scored with 1281. The senior also pulled down five rebounds, while dishing out seven assists. 

Junior Quinton Dale led the Lyons with 16 points after hitting 4-8 from three-point range and 4-7 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Ryan Fogarty concluded the game with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. 

Michael Thorpe led all players with 24 points on a 7-15 performance from the floor, 3-6 coming from long distance. The senior also drained 7-11 from the free-throw line, while coming up with a block and a steal. Austin Pinckney ended with the games only double-double, netting 16 points and collecting a game-high 12 rebounds. Thyson Hallowell also finished in double-figures scoring, contributing 13 points in the Lions efforts. 

Wheaton jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first half with the help of three-pointers from Dale and Battaglia. Emerson responded, tying the half for the first time with 14:05 on the clock courtesy of baskets by Hallowell and Thorpe.

The two sides tied the contest seven more times before six points from Thorpe earned the Lions their largest lead of the game, 30-24, with 4:52 on the clock. The Lyons chipped away at the deficit with a 6-0 run making it a 32-30 contest with a little over a minute remaining. A three-point play from Thorpe in the final seconds of the first half sent Emerson into the locker room with a 33-32 advantage. 

Back-to-back jumpers by Fogarty earned the lead back for Wheaton just two minutes into the second half.  Emerson would capture the lead once more, before Wheaton used a 10-2 run that lasted five minutes to take a 49-42 advantage.

The visiting Lions were undeterred, finding a way to recapture the lead at the 6:13 mark. Wheaton remained within striking distance, eventually taking the lead back for good on a Duaka Ekwensi layup with 3:43 to go. Emerson tried to find an answer down the stretch but were unable to overcome the hosts. 

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