Boston, MA - The Lasell College Men's basketball team won their second straight GNAC conference road game, defeating Emerson College, 75-66, Tuesday night in Boston. The Lasers led 51-30 at the half and never looked back improving their overall record to 6-9 and their conference record to 5-3.
Junior guard Sean Bertanza (Seymore, CT) once again led the way for the Lasers with a game-high 22 points, 20 of them coming in the first half. Senior forward Javon Williams (Mattapan, MA) also filled up the stat sheet scoring 20 points to go along with seven boards, five assists and two blocks. Freshman guard Sherrod Wade(College Park, GA) was the only other Laser in double figures with 12 points.
Lasell had the game under control right off the tip jumping out to an early lead. Bertanza drilled one of his three three-point makes with 9:41 left in the first half to give the Lasers a 24-16 lead. With 2:00 to go in the half, Lasell took a 46-23 lead on a Wade layup marking the Lasers' largest lead of the game. The half ended with Lasell up 51-30.
Emerson started the second half on a 13-5 run cutting the deficit to 12 points with 11:39 remaining in the game. The Lions kept battling throughout the second stanza and with just under five minutes left, they cut Lasell's lead to eight points making the score 64-52. That's as close as Emerson would get though as the Lasers converted clutch free throws to seal their fifth GNAC victory of the season.
Emerson senior forward Nathan Firn (Wadesboro, NC) scored 14 points and dished out five assists to lead the Lions. Patrick Lowndes (Granby, CT) scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.
The Lasers move into a tie for third place in the GNAC while Emerson sits in last place in the conference. Lasell will be back in action at home on Thursday night against conference foe Norwich University at 7 p.m.
Story by Victor Olowojoba