Berk And Bench Spark Cougars Past Emerson, 66-56

Lamar Berk led the Cougars with career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds in the 82-64 win over Coast Guard.
Lamar Berk led the Cougars with career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds in the 82-64 win over Coast Guard.

Northampton, Mass. – Lamar Berk (Saint Augustine, Fla.) finished with a season-high 16 points helping Clark University control the interior on their way to a much-needed 66-56 win over New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Emerson College on Wednesday evening.

The win for the Cougars is their first road win over the Lions since Emerson became a member of the league in 2013-14 and snaps the Scarlet and White's brief three-game losing streak.

Game Information
Clark University 66, Emerson College 56
Records: Clark University 9-5 (1-2 NEWMAC); Emerson College 4-10 (0-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Brown-Plofker Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.

How It Happened:
Emerson actually raced out to an early 14-4 lead as the Cougars struggled to find their offensive flow, opening the game 0-for-6 from the field and just 2-for-11 in the game's first eight minutes.

Clark finally got going when Berk converted a traditional three-point play and Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) nailed back-to-back top of the key jumpers to move the Cougars closer.

The Scarlet and White continued their push as Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer and both Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) and Converse scored to even the game at 25-25.

Clark then closed the half by scoring nine of the final 12 points, highlighted by a three-point play from John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.), four points from Berk and a Kittredge layup, sending the Cougars into intermission ahead, 34-28.

The Scarlet and White advantage was just five at 37-32 a little more than four minutes into the second half when Clark embarked on a 12-2 run. That burst was kickstarted by the second three-pointer of the half from David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) and capped by another three-point play from Berk.

Emerson was able to get the lead down to six at 59-53 with 2:58 left to play, but Berk was there to put back a basket on the offensive glass and Clark went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.

Inside The Box Score:

  • With Berk leading the way, Clark held a 40-30 edge on the glass and 28-12 advantage on points in the paint.
  • Emerson only made 19 field goals in the game – nine of which were three-pointers.
  • After shooting 52 percent from the field in the first half, the Lions went cold in the final 20, going just 8-for-30 (27 percent).

For The Foes:

  • Geoff Gray just missed out on a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
  • All of John Geary's shot attempts were from three-point land. He finished with 12 points after going 4-for-7 from behind the arc.

Clark Stars:

  • Berk's 16 point effort included a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line.
  • Mercier was extremely efficient, scoring 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in just 24 minutes.
  • Converse, meanwhile, totaled a career-best ten points off the bench, while Kittredge chipped in with eight points, five rebounds and three assists.

Up Next:
Clark returns to action on Saturday when they kick off a three-game homestand beginning with a visit from Coast Guard. Tipoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. 

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