- Score: MIT 84, Fitchburg State 59
- Records: MIT (10-3); Fitchburg State (5-7)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by a game-high 23 points from sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.), the MIT men's basketball team had all five starters finish in double figures as the Engineers defeated Fitchburg State in an 84-59 final on Monday night at Rockwell Cage.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers got off to a fast start as MIT led 12-0 just 4:30 into the first half following a layup from junior Spencer Rust (Alamo, Calif.). Leading 28-19 with 8:58 on the clock, the Engineers embarked on a 12-2 run over the next 4:12 of the period, capped by a layup from senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) off a steal by sophomore Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), to make it a 40-21 margin.
- Behind 64 percent shooting from the field in the first half, MIT took a 46-29 lead into the break as the Engineers were 10-for-12 from the free throw line and forced nine Falcon turnovers in the period.
- In the second half, a four-point play by Korb with 14:49 remaining make it a 57-37 margin as the hosts led by as many as 27, en route to the team's third straight victory to improve to 6-1 at home.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Korb was outstanding from deep as he was 6-for-8 from three-point land while making his second straight start. Rust finished with 16 points and three blocks to go along with 14 points from sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) and 11 each by Butala and Pierce.
- For the game, MIT shot 56 percent from the field, knocked down eight three-pointers and converted on 20-of-28 free throw attempts for a 71.4 shooting percentage
- Jaleel Bell led the Falcons with 13 points, while Joshua Bosworth added 12 points off the bench and Chima Ebele finished with 11 points to go along with four turnovers.
- MIT held a commanding 36-23 rebounding advantage, including 26-17 on the defensive glass as the Engineers forced 15 turnovers for the game.
- MIT returns to action on Wednesday, January 11th as the Engineers travel to New London, Conn. for a 7 p.m. meeting with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
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