Strong Rebounding Effort Propels Men's Basketball to 11th Straight Win

Sam Longwell

Boston, MA --- Sam Longwell (Acton, MA) and Domenick Mastascusa (North Reading, MA) combined for 32 points and WPI held a 37-22 advantage in rebounding as the league-leading Engineers went on the road to defeat Emerson 64-50 in a NEWMAC men's basketball contest on Saturday afternoon. 

WPI, ranked fifth in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, has now won 11 straight and is 14-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in conference play.  Emerson slips to 9-6 overall and sees its NEWMAC mark level at 2-2. 

The Engineers jumped out of the gate quickly, connecting on five 3-pointers and holding the Lions to just 2-of-11 shooting from the floor in the opening 12 minutes, to pull out to a 21-8 edge.  After trailing 33-21 at the break, Emerson got to within six on two occasions in the second half but a seven-point spurt for Longwell with about seven minutes remaining kept the margin in double figures the rest of the way. 

Longwell led all scorers with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Mastascusa came off the bench to drain 4-of-5 shots from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line en route to 15.  Longwell narrowly missed a double-double as he grabbed nine rebounds.  Ryan Kolb (Southington, MA) gobbled up a game-best 10 rebounds while Sean Doncaster (Medford, MA) and Zach Karalis (North Andover, MA) each chipped in with nine points, and point guard Aaron Davis (Marshfield, MA) finished with eight. 

Tyson Hallowell (Lincoln, MA) tossed in 16 points off the bench for Emerson while Michael Thorpe (Newton, MA) registered 15.  Jon Goldberg (Stowe, VT) stuffed the stat sheets with 10 rebounds, seven on the defensive end, and seven assists. 

WPI hosts crosstown rival Clark Wednesday at 7pm.