- Score: MIT 74, Emerson 70 (OT)
- Records: MIT (19-5, 11-2 NEWMAC); Wheaton (6-18, 2-11 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: On Senior Night on Wednesday evening, the MIT men's basketball team rallied late to force overtime, en route to a 74-70 overtime win over Emerson College at Rockwell Cage. Prior to the start of the game, MIT senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) was recognized for his contributions to the program over his four-year career.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first half, MIT led by as many as eight at 22-14 after a jumper from Butala with 4:38 on the clock. The Lions answered with a 12-2 run though to take a brief 26-24 lead following a three from Ben Holding, but the Engineers sent the game into the break tied at 26 after a layup from sophomore Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) with just six seconds remaining.
- The Engineers took a six-point lead at 35-29 following a layup from Spencer Rust (Alamo, Calif.) before 15-4 scoring run put Emerson back in front by five with 7:56 left. The Lions led by as many as 10 at 53-43 with just 4:26 remaining before MIT began to chip away at the margin. Sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) made it a one-possession game with just 51 seconds left in regulation and the visitors continued to lead by three with 12 seconds remaining following two free throws from Geoffrey Gray. MIT inbounded the ball though down three and Jomard knocked down a tough three-pointer with nine seconds left to send the Engineers into overtime for the second time in their last three games.
- MIT trailed early on in overtime before a four-point play by sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) put the Engineers in front 64-62. The game was tied three more times, including at 70-70 after a jumper from Gray. Rust nailed a three for MIT with just 28 seconds left for the 73-70 lead, followed by a late Jurko free throw to account for the four-point final and the regular-season series sweep.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT is receiving votes for the second straight week in the D3hoops.com National Poll and is ninth in the second NCAA Northeast regional rankings that were released earlier today.
- In 43 minutes, Jurko led MIT with 17 points to go along with three assists, two steals and no turnovers while playing outstanding defense. Rust picked up 14 points, along with 12 points each from Jomard and Butala. Korb also nearly posted a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) also played 38 minutes off the bench and finished with eight points, a team-best four assists and a team-leading nine rebounds.
- Emerson had four players in double figures, led by an 18-point, nine-rebound outing from Gray. John Geary finished with with 17 points, while Michael Sheng and Holding each posted 11 points. Sheng also had a game-high six assists, while the Lions turned the ball over 12 times.
- Overall, MIT shot 41.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lions 40-34 that included 13-5 on the offensive glass. The Engineers also posted 13 assists on 27 made field goals.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, February 18th as the Engineers travel to No. 1 ranked Babson College for a 3 p.m. start in the regular-season finale.
|AJ Jurko talks about the overtime win over Emerson as the Engineers rallied late for the victory!|