No. 8 Engineers Fall to Babson in 84-71 Overtime Final

No. 8 Engineers Fall to Babson in 84-71 Overtime Final

THE BASICS:

- Records: No. 8 MIT (17-3, 7-2 NEWMAC); Babson (12-8, 7-2 NEWMAC)

- Score: Babson 84, No. 8 MIT 71 (OT)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Babson's Brian Kelley knocked down a three with one second left to send the game to overtime as the Beavers defeated the No. 8 ranked MIT men's basketball team by an 84-71 overtime final on Wednesday night at Rockwell Cage.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Babson got off to a hot start and built to a 14-4 lead over the first 4:18, capped by a three-point play by Andrew Jaworski.

- At the 13:48 mark, MIT junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) became the 28th player in MIT men's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau as he eclipsed the mark on the first of two free throws. The free throws were part of a 13-0 run over 4:05 that put the Engineers up 17-14 at 11:37, followed by another 11-6 scoring spurt to lead 28-20 after a three from junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.)

- Shyheim Ulrickson knocked down a three with 6:17 left in the half to spark a Beaver scoring run that ended with the visitors leading 40-31 after a Brandon Johnson free throw at 1:45. Jurko pulled the Engineers within six at the break as he hit a three with 34 seconds left to make it a 40-34 margin at the break.

- Babson held its biggest lead of the game at 49-37 after a pair of Ulrickson free throws with 15:36 on the clock before MIT countered with a 13-0 run to seize the 50-49 advantage. Freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) hit the go-ahead three and the Engineers led by seven again at 60-53 following a three from freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.).

- After the Beavers tied the game with 4:16 on the clock, MIT continued to lead by five with 59 seconds remaining after a three-point play from junior Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.). Jaworski sank a pair of free throws, followed by an MIT miss and a Babson rebound to set up the final possession. The Beavers called a timeout with 5.5 seconds left to draw up the game-tying play as Kelley created just enough space to get the shot off as he tied the game at 67-67 with a second remaining.

- In the extra period, the Beavers led from the outset and pushed the advantage to 73-69 on a corner three from Kelley. Babson earned the regular-season series split behind a 14-2 run over the final 3:43 as both games were settled in overtime. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jurko led MIT with 24 points on five three-pointers, while the team finished 12-for-37 from three-point land for the game. Forsythe posted 18 points with a trio of three-pointers, along with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals from junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.).

- Bradley Jacks led all five Babson starters in double figures with 24 points and eight rebounds, followed by 16 points from Nick Comenale. Jaworski added 12 points to go along with 10 points each from Ulrickson and Johnson. Johnson also added nine rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes of action.

- MIT held a 42-32 rebounding advantage, while Babson outscored the Engineers 17-7 at the free throw line and forced 23 MIT turnovers.

- The No. 8 ranking is the highest for the Engineers this season as the team rose four spots from last week's No. 12 position. This is also the program's highest ranking since week 1 of the 2012-2013 season, when MIT was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, February 3rd as the Engineers host Wheaton College for a 2 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.

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