Emmanuel College, 83; Rivier University, 81
Emmanuel College Saints (19-6, 7-4 GNAC)
Rivier University Raiders (4-20, 1-10 GNAC)
Location: Nashua, N.H. – Muldoon Center
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
THE LEAD – Senior guard Emmett Riddick (Middletown, Conn.) drained a 15-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Emmanuel College men's basketball team past host Rivier University, 83-81, Saturday afternoon in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference finale for both programs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Rivier sophomore Pharaoh Davis (Plainville, Mass.) tied the game at 81-81 with 10 seconds to play, the Saints advanced the ball to midcourt before calling a timeout for a chance at the win. Out of the break, Riddick took control on an isolation play on the wing and pulled up for the game-winner just before time expired.
- During the first half, EC junior forward Marcus Fox (Danbury, Conn.) became the 10th player in program history to join the 1,000 point club. He entered the game needing just four points and reached the milestone 10 minutes into the contest with a jumper.
- Emmanuel led 36-30 at halftime before the Raiders came out of the intermission on a 7-0 run and take the lead, setting the tone for the second half in which the hosts led the majority of play.
- The Raiders led by as many as six down the stretch (72-66) with under five minutes to play before Emmanuel tied the score at 73-73 with a tip in by freshman Ted Weber (Orange, Conn.) with 3:49 to play.
- The squads traded hoops until the very end, setting up the heroics for Riddick to help the Saints lock in the No. 3 seed in next week's GNAC Tournament.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Riddick was one of four Emmanuel starters to finish the day in double-figures, scoring a 16 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds.
- Fox ended the action with a game-high 21 points while juniors Zachary Crisafulli (Easthampton, Mass.) and Jack Moulder (Newtown, Conn.) chipped in 15 points and 10 points, respectively.
- Weber finished with a career-high nine points off the bench in 13 minutes of action.
- In total, four different student-athletes for Rivier reached double-figures in scoring including seniors Issaiah Chappell (Sunapee, N.H.) and Josh L'Heureux (Dracut, Mass.), who played in their final collegiate contest. Chappell ended his three-year Raider career with 11 points on the afternoon while L'Heureux closed out his four-year run with 10 points, while knocking down three key three-point attempts.
- Davis was the team leader as he finished his first-season with the Raiders shooting 8-for-21 to total 18 points and handing out six assists. Freshman Kevin Redler (Ellington, Conn.) added 10 points and classmate Nesta Roberts (Manchester, Conn.) contributed with seven points and five rebounds. Senior Josh O'Loughlin (Milford, N.H.) ended his four-year career with three points and two rebounds.
- EC secured the No. 3 seed with the victory and will host No. 6 Lasell University on Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM in Boston, Mass. on the Andy Yosinoff Court. The Lasers snuck past the Saints with some last second magic of their own earlier in the year, topping Emmanuel by a 69-68 score back on January 19.