- Records: MIT (1-0); Bridgewater State (0-1)
- Score: MIT 91, Bridgewater State 52
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by four players in double figures and 14 three-pointers, the MIT men's basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with a 91-52 win over Bridgewater State on Wednesday night. This marks the third straight year that MIT has opened the regular season vs. the Bears, with the Engineers winning each of those three meetings and now holding a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After an early tie, the Engineers built to a quick nine-point lead at 18-9 with 13:05 left following a three from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France). After the Bears cut the lead down to five on a Rocky DeAndrade layup with 6:30 on the clock, MIT closed the first period on a 17-5 run to take the 43-26 lead into halftime.
- MIT shot 53.3 percent from the field for the period and outrebounded the Bears 18-11. The Engineers outscored Bridgewater 18-6 from three for the half, led by a pair of threes from freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.).
- The Engineers pushed the lead to 20 for the first time with 14:16 left in the game as Jomard forced a turnover and scored on a layup to make the score 53-33 and force a Bears timeout. The MIT lead swelled to as many as 40 at 88-48 on one of eight three-pointers for the game from Forsythe before the Engineers came away with the 39-point final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Forsythe was tremendous for the Engineers in his collegiate debut as he finished with 29 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 from three-point land. Jomard posted 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds, along with 15 points and eight rebounds from junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and 13 off the bench from junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.).
- DeAndrade was the leading scorer for the Bears with 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while Rayshon Ward added 10 points in 26 minutes of action.
- The Engineers shot 55.9 percent from the field for the game, 46.7 percent from three and forced 19 Bridgewater turnovers. MIT also held a commanding 39-21 advantage in rebounding, including 29-18 on the defensive glass.
- MIT is receiving votes in the D3Hoops.com Preseason National Poll as the Engineers were chosen as the NEWMAC preseason favorites in the league's coaches poll.
- MIT is home again on Saturday, November 18th as the Engineers host Eastern Nazarene for a 2 p.m. non-conference start at Rockwell Cage.