Dec. 2, 2008

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - Junior center Bryan Rouse (East Greenwich, RI) poured in a game-high 38 points on 15-19 from the floor to lead the Emerson College men's basketball team over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston tonight at Piano Row Gymnasium on the Emerson College campus. The Beacons fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Lions improve to 3-1.

Emerson shot a torrid 56.5% (35-62) from the floor and forced 25 turnovers in the game.

The Lions scored the first 11 points of the game and raced out to a 24-4 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the contest, fueled by nine points from Rouse. UMass Boston cut the deficit to 37-26 with a 22-13 stretch, led by eight points from sophomore forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY), with 2:26 to go in the opening half. Emerson owned a 40-28 lead at the intermission.

Freshman guard Chris Milton (Milton, MA) drained a three-pointer to open the second half scoring and pull the Beacons to within 40-31 with 18:12 showing in the second half, but it would be as close as they would get as the Lions put together a 14-3 run, paced by seven points from Rouse, to give them a 54-34 lead with 13:38 remaining in the contest. UMass Boston responded with a 9-2 burst to cut the margin to 56-43 with 11:15 to go in the game, but Emerson pulled away with a 25-7 blitz, led by 17 points from Rouse, to take an 81-50 advantage with 3:54 to play in the contest.

Rouse was 4-7 from three-point range and added nine rebounds, three assists and two steals to his night for the Lions, while junior guard Jeremy Shannon (Lowell, MA) scored 20 points on 8-12 from the field and pulled down five rebounds to go with a game-high eight assists, four steals and a blocked shot. Junior guard Tim McGhee (Dover, DE) made the most of his time, netting 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench on 5-6 from the floor and added a steal and a rebound.

Milton led the Beacons with a season-high 18 points, including three trifectas and grabbed three rebounds and added an assist, while Joseph dropped in 10 points in addition to seven rebounds, four steals, an assist and a game-high two blocks. Junior guard Anthony Raines (Roxbury, MA) contributed with seven points, six boards and a pair of steals.

UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts Suffolk University on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Emerson travels to Nashua, NH on December 4 to take on Daniel Webster College at 8:00 p.m.