No. 12 Engineers Fall to Springfield in 69-62 Road Final

No. 12 Engineers Fall to Springfield in 69-62 Road Final

THE BASICS:

- Records: No. 12 MIT (18-5, 8-4 NEWMAC); Springfield (16-7, 10-2 NEWMAC)

- Score: Springfield 69, No. 12 MIT 62

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (James Naismith Court at Blake Arena)

- The Lead: In a NEWMAC clash on Saturday afternoon at Blake Arena, the No. 12 ranked MIT men's basketball team dropped a 69-62 final to Springfield College to give the Pride a sweep of the regular-season series with the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Springfield jumped to a quick 7-3 lead before five quick MIT points, including a jumper from junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.), gave the Engineers their first lead at 8-7. MIT eventually built the advantage out to six at 20-14 with 8:42 on the clock after a three from freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) and still led 25-19 with just under four minutes remaining.

- Andy McNulty hit a pair of threes within the final 1:10 of the first half to put the Pride out in front briefly by one. MIT junior Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) capped off the first-half scoring with just seven seconds left to send the Engineers into the break leading 31-30.

- In the second half, the Pride opened the period with an 11-0 run to seize its first double-digit lead at 41-31 following a layup from McNulty at the 15:59 mark. Korb knocked down a three off a screen moments later to end the Pride run that spanned 5:10, but the hosts continued to lead by 10 at 48-38 after a fastbreak layup from Kevin Durkin.

- After a Jake Ross layup over the MIT defense gave Springfield a 59-50 edge with 5:20 remaining, five straight points from MIT's AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) pulled the Engineers back to within 59-55 with 1:30 on the clock. Springfield answered with a crucial three from corner by Cam Earle on the ensuing possession to stretch the advantage back out to seven. The Pride led by at least five over the remainder of the game, hitting seven free throws over the last 30.1 seconds to secure the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Korb led MIT with 18 points while Jurko added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Aidan Einloth (Grayslake, Ill.) also nearly posted a double-double as he finished with seven points and nine rebounds.

- Springfield was led by a 23-point, six-assist showing by McNulty and a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double from Ross.

- The teams combined for 21 three-pointers in the game as the Pride held a slim 40-38 edge in rebounding. MIT outscored the Springfield bench by a 16-9 margin, while the hosts outscored the Engineers in the paint at 24-20.

- The No. 12 national ranking is down four spots from last week as the Engineers are also ranked No. 8 in the first NCAA Northeast Regional Rankings which were released on Wednesday.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action Wednesday, February 14th as the Engineers travel to Worcester for a 7 p.m. start at Clark University in the team's final road game of the regular season.

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