Mahwah, N.J. (March 9) -- The No. 19 ranked MIT men's basketball team returns to action in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Division Men's Basketball Championship on Friday evening vs. No. 18 Middlebury. The game, which is a 5:30 p.m. tipoff, is being hosted at the Bradley Center on the campus of Ramapo College. The Roadrunners will take on Franklin & Marshall in the second game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tonight's matchup with Middlebury is the first for MIT since the 2006-07 season as the Engineers defeated the Panthers, 83-73, in the opening game of the season. Overall, MIT holds a 12-6 advantage in the all-time series.
MIT is led by junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), who is averaging 14.3 points and was named as the Most Outstanding Player of the NEWMAC Tournament. The team's leading scorer is junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), who has missed the last nine games and is averaging 16.6 points per contest. Jomard was named to the league's All-Conference First Team, while Jurko was a Second Team honoree after being the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17. Jurko is the overall league leader in total assists at 140, along with Jomard still sitting in second with 125 assists despite missing nine games.
Sophomore guard Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.), who ranks among the NEWMAC leaders in blocks and steals, earned this year's NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year honor as this marks the first time MIT has won that award in back-to-back years. Freshman forward Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) was honored as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year as he is averaging 13.4 points per game, has 16 double-digit scoring games and is shooting 40.5 percent from three. Junior forward Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was tremendous in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament with a pair of double-doubles as he comfortably leads the NEWMAC in field goal percentage at 68 percent overall.
The final Engineer in double figures is junior guard Cameron Korb (Weston, Fla.) at 14.3 points per game as he shoots 44.3 percent from three and 84.4 percent from the free throw line.
MIT leads the conference in team defense and is ranked eighth in the country at just 63 points allowed per game. The Engineers also hold opponents to a league-low 32 percent shooting from three and are second in field goal percentage against at 42.8 percent.