- Score: UMass Dartmouth 72, MIT 70
- Records: MIT (7-3); UMass Dartmouth (7-3)
- Location: Dartmouth, Mass. (Tripp Center)
- The Lead: UMass Dartmouth's Chris Mendes knocked down a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer on Tuesday night as the MIT men's basketball team fell by a 72-70 final to the Corsairs in non-conference action. The Engineers took a one-point lead with three seconds left on a corner three by senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) before Mendes dropped in the game-winning basket.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Corsairs seized a 14-8 advantage over the first 6:08 following a three from Atakan Akcam before an 18-10 run that was capped with a layup by sophomore Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) to tie the game at 24-24 with 8:02 remaining in the first period.
- After a free throw from sophomore Samuel Bockman (Oceanside, Calif.) gave the Engineers a brief 25-24 lead with 6:13 on the clock, the Corsairs answered with a 13-2 run that featured a basket by Arinze Obiora for a double-digit 37-27 edge with 2:16 on the clock. UMD eventually took the 37-32 edge into the break as the Engineers outscored the Corsairs 17-5 at the free throw line for the game.
- In the second period, the Corsairs led by a 56-48 margin at the 10:35 mark and continued to lead 69-62 with 1:45 left after a jumper by Joshua Imadiyi.
- Back-to-back baskets by sophomore Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) later closed the lead down to just two at 69-67 with 36 seconds remaining before forcing a UMass turnover and giving the Engineers a chance to cap off the rally. Off the ensuing inbounds play, Butala knocked down a three from the corner near the MIT bench for a 70-69 edge with just 3.9 seconds on the clock. The Corsairs came right back though as Mendes hit the game-winning score for the 72-70 victory on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Butala paced the Engineers with 18 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) had 19 points off the bench and Roberts picked up an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double. Sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) was also solid as he finished with seven rebounds and nine assists in the win.
- Nick Portelance had 19 points and nine rebounds, along with 15 points by Jon Robinson with 15 points and Mendes and Imadiyi with 10 each. For the game, the Engineers held a 17-6 at the free throw line and a 38-31 rebounding margin.
- MIT returns to action on Wednesday, January 4th as the Engineers travel to Clark University for their NEWMAC opener beginning at 1 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.