- Score: MIT 76, Clark University 51
- Records: MIT (8-3, 1-0 NEWMAC); Clark University (8-4, 0-1 NEWMAC)
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
- The Lead: Building to a commanding 52-26 halftime lead, the MIT men's basketball team opened NEWMAC play with a 76-51 road win at Clark University on Wednesday afternoon at the Kneller Athletic Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The teams started evenly over the first four minutes of play as the Cougars held a 9-8 lead after a three from Luca McCormick. Energized by a pair of three-pointers from sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.), MIT answered with a 13-3 scoring run to extend the lead out to 21-12 with 11:22 on the clock. Another Korb three from the corner at the 6:55 mark pushed the advantage to 32-17 in favor of the visitors, forcing a Clark timeout.
- The MIT run eventually stretched to 17-0 before Joe Atkinson's layup with 5:12 left before halftime made it 40-19 Engineers. MIT led by as a many as 29 in the first period after a layup from sophomore Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) before eventually taking a 52-26 lead into the halftime break as Korb led the visitors with 15 first-half points.
- In the second half, MIT led by at least 21 points throughout the period as the Engineers won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Engineers shot 65.6 percent from the field in the first half and knocked down seven three-pointers, en route to 53.4 percent shooting for the game. Five MIT players ended the game in double figures, led by the 15-point effort off the bench from Korb.
- Senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) finished with 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while sophomores Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Samuel Bockman (Oceanside, Calif.) added 12 each. Freshman Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.) also posted 10 points, while sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) had nine assists for the second straight game.
- Defensively, MIT forced 15 Clark turnovers while outrebounding the Cougars by a 39-37 margin. Clark was held to just 30.6 percent shooting from the field, 18.2 percent from three and 60 percent from the free throw line. The Cougars had one player in double figures as McCormick had 12 points off the bench, while Lamar Berk posted a team-best seven rebounds.
- MIT returns to action at home on Saturday, January 7th as the Engineers host WPI for a NEWMAC matchup set to begin at 3 p.m. at Rockwell Cage.