- Score: Clark 74, MIT 69
- Records: MIT (14-5, 6-2 NEWMAC); Clark (12-7, 4-4 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: The MIT men's basketball team rallied from a 21-point, second-half deficit to tie the game at 59-59 before Clark University held off the Engineers for the 74-69 NEWMAC win on Saturday afternoon at Rockwell Cage.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT came out cold as the Engineers were shooting under 30 percent from the field over the first 10 minutes of the game. The Cougars jumped out to a 21-12 advantage with 7:29 left in the first half after a three-pointer from Matt Woods. MIT answered with a 13-4 scoring run though that featured baskets from five different players to tie the game at 24-24 at the 4:43 mark.
- Clark closed the half on a 12-2 run of its own though, including scoring the last seven points before the break as the Cougars led 36-26 at halftime. Clark had six three-pointers in the first and held MIT to 36 percent shooting overall.
- In the second, it was all Clark through the first eight minutes as the visitors led 59-39 with 11:44 remaining after a pair of free throws by Luca McCormick. A layup from MIT sophomore Samuel Bockman (Oceanside, Calif.) sparked what would end up being a 20-0 run over seven and a half minutes as the Engineers clawed all the way back. MIT tied the game on a pair of free throws by sophomore Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) before the Cougars went back in front on a pair of free throws of their own by Joe Atkinson.
- Clark connected on 11 free throws over the final 3:43 of the game, including six from John Pisacreta, to hold off the Engineers and earn the season series split between the teams.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Engineers shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half and hit 5-of-9 three-point chances to get back into the game, while holding Clark to 36 percent from the field in the second. Sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) had 13 points off the bench to lead MIT, while Jomard and sophomore Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) each added 12 points.
- Pisacreta led all scorers with 29 points for Clark to go along with three steals and 6-for-10 shooting from three. McCormick added 15 points as the Cougars held a narrow 36-33 rebounding advantage and forced 16 MIT turnovers.
- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, February 1st as the Engineers travel to Springfield College for a 7 p.m. start.