Men's Basketball Defeats Coast Guard in 77-60 Final

Men's Basketball Defeats Coast Guard in 77-60 Final

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 77, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 60

- Records: MIT (11-3, 3-0 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (5-8, 1-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)

- The Lead: Paced by 22 points from sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.), the MIT men's basketball team improved to a perfect 3-0 in NEWMAC play with a 77-60 road win at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday night at Roland Hall.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the wire-to-wire victory, the Engineers opened up with an 11-1 run earlier to make it a 37-22 margin with 7:20 left in the first half following a pair of free throws by sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.). The Engineers eventually took a 48-33 lead into the halftime break though as MIT controlled play for much of the first period.

- In the second half, three straight threes by Korb helped sparked a 14-4 run as the Engineers propelled to the 62-37 lead. The Bears answered though with a 13-2 run to pull within 67-51 though with 8:43 remaining before the visitors came away with the 17-point victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Korb led the offense with 22 points behind six three-pointers, while junior Spencer Rust (Alamo, Calif.) added 15 points and senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double. The Engineers shot 45.6 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from three and held a 40-39 rebounding advantage in the win.

- Noah Baldez was the top scorer for Coast Guard with 13 points, while Patrick Witkowski added 11 and Devon Zych contributed 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench. The Bears were held to 33.8 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from three while also making just 9-of-15 free throw attempts.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action at home on Saturday, January 14th as the Engineers host Springfield College for a 3 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.

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