- Score: MIT 79, Springfield 58
- Records: MIT (12-3, 4-0 NEWMAC); Springfield (7-8, 1-3 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Rallying from a five-point halftime deficit, the MIT men's basketball team remained perfect in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a convincing 79-58 home win over visiting Springfield College on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first half, the Engineers led for much of the period and continued to hold a seven-point advantage at 29-22 with just 4:19 remaining before halftime. The Pride embarked on a quick 9-1 run over just 2:27 though, capped by a three-pointer from Heath Post, to take their first lead at 31-29. After a jumper from MIT's Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) tied the game at 31-31, the visitors scored the final five points of the half to take a 36-31 edge into the break.
- After a three by Springfield's Andy McNulty made it 43-37 just 2:45 into the second half, MIT put together a convincing 19-2 run of its own to turn the deficit into a double-digit lead at 56-45 midway through the period. The Engineers led by at least 13 points over the final 6:03 of play and by as many as 21, including the final margin of 79-58 as MIT has now won five straight.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Pierce finished the game with 23 points, while sophomore guard AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) ended with a game-high 24 points and six assists. Both Pierce and Jurko also posted four steals as the Engineers forced 20 Springfield turnovers while only turning the ball over nine times. Senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) also finished the game in double figures with 11 points as MIT shot 49.2 percent from the field overall.
- The Engineers recovered from 38.7 percent shooting over the first half to shoot 60 percent in the second, while MIT held the Pride to 40.9 percent shooting in the second period.
- Jake Ross led Springfield with 19 points and eight rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting from the field off the bench, while Post added 11 points and six rebounds to go along with three blocks.
- MIT is back in action at home on Wednesday, January 18th as the Engineers host top-ranked Babson College for a 7 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.