Mastascusa and Longwell Power No. 13 Men's Basketball Past Emerson

Domenick Mastascusa

Worcester, MA --- Senior Domenick Mastascusa (North Reading, MA) scored a game-high 20 points and classmate Sam Longwell (Acton, MA) stuffed the stat sheets as nationally-ranked WPI downed visiting Emerson, 73-58, in a NEWMAC men's basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium. 

The Engineers, ranked 13th in the latest Top 25, improves to 13-2 on the year and 3-1 in the conference while the Lions dip to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in league play. 

After the teams traded buckets for an early 6-6 tie, Longwell highlighted an Engineers' 6-0 run to make it 12-6 just 6:36 into the game. Emerson's Tyson Hallowell (Lincoln, MA) interrupted the outburst with a 3-pointer only to be answered by a Longwell triple for the 15-9 WPI lead with 12:56 displayed on the scoreboard. Midway through the half, Zach Karalis (North Andover, MA) delivered 10 of  the Engineers  points during a 17-3 surge to extend the hosts cushion to 20 with 6:26 to play before the break. Obi Obiora (Boston, MA) later used a personal 5-0 run to push the Boynton Hiller's advantage to 23 with 3:08 remaining. Hallowell closed the half scoring all of the Lions points in a 5-2 rally heading into the intermission. 

When play resumed, the Engineers buffer remained between 18 and 22 points until Mastascusa used a jumper to push the hosts lead to 25 with 7:51 to play. Emerson began to whittle away at the Crimson and Gray lead with a 19-5 outburst to pull within 11. The rally, which saw Eli Kell-Abrams (Berkley, MA) lead the way with five points from the charity stripe, was capped by a traditional three-point play by Austin Pinckney (Miami, FL). Six consecutive Engineer free throws made it a 17-point game with 1:16 to play. Pickney had the final say for Emerson with a late layup. 

Emerson shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 33 percent from beyond the arc, in the second half after registering just 26.7 percent overall and 8.3 from downtown in the opening frame. 

Longwell flirted with a triple-double scoring 10 points with a game-high nine rebounds and a career-best seven assists. His 1,217 points moves him ahead of Don Lutz '67 and now sits one point shy of tying another Hall of Famer John Loonie '87 who holds 16th place on the WPI all-time scoring list. 

Obiora added 12 points, six boards and two steals while Mastacusa also pulled down six rebounds for the Engineers. Karalis came off the bench to score 11 points and Ian Converse (Woodstock, CT) chipped in with two swipes. 

Michael Thorpe (Newton, MA) and Ryan Clinesmith (New York, NY) each led Emerson with 10 points while Hallowell and Brian Hurley (South Boston, MA) combined for 17 bench points. Thorpe paced the Lions with seven rebounds as Kell-Abrams handed out four assists and logged a contest-best three steals. 

WPI held slim advantages in second chance points (7-6) and fast break points (6-4) while doubling up Emerson 20-10 in the paint. The Lions led in points off turnovers (17-16) and bench points (27-22). 

The Engineers return to action on Tuesday when the team heads down Park Ave. to take on Clark at 7pm. The game will air live on Charter TV3. Emerson travels to Wheaton for a 7pm matchup on Wednesday evening. 

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