- Score: MIT 73, Coast Guard 63
- Records: MIT (16-5, 8-2 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (6-14, 2-8 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the MIT men's basketball team improved to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the league with a wire-to-wire 73-63 home win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. With the win, the Engineers are now 8-3 at home and have won eight of their last 10 games. In addition, MIT is receiving votes in this week's D3hoops.com National Poll.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT opened the game on a 9-2 run over the first six minutes after a pair of free throws from sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.). The Engineers pushed the lead into double figures with 5:02 left in the half as sophomore Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.) knocked down a three to make it a 23-11 margin.
- The lead grew to as many as 16 at 29-13 on a free throw from senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) before the Engineers took a 31-19 advantage into the halftime break.
- In the first period, sophomore Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) paced the hosts with 11 points as he knocked 3-of-4 three-point opportunities. Defensively, the Engineers held Coast Guard to just 25 percent shooting from the field in the half while shooting 42.3 percent overall themselves.
- Coast Guard cut the lead into single digits quickly in the second half, including at 39-31 after a corner three from Adrian Chuquillangui. MIT countered with an 8-0 run over just 1:36 though, capped by a Jomard three that forced a Bears timeout with 13:02 remaining. The run ended at 10-0 as the Bears made it a 49-33 game with 12 minutes left.
- The teams continued to trade runs, including a three-point play off an inbounds play by Devon Zych that cut the lead to 56-49 with 6:13 left. The Engineers went on a quick 9-2 run of their own with a trio of three-pointers to lead by as many as 14 before an answer by the Bears. Coast Guard got to within two possessions at 69-63 after a three from Patrick Witkowski with 1:02 remaining before the hosts secured the 10-point win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Butala and Jomard paced the Engineers with 17 points each, while sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) added 10 points and a game-high seven assists. As a team, the Engineers had 21 assists and forced 14 Coast Guard turnovers.
- The Bears also had a pair of players with 17 points as Witkowski and Chuquillangui combined for nine three-pointers. MIT outrebounded Coast Guard 33-31 and shot 48.1 percent from the field overall.
- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, February 8th as the Engineers travel to WPI for a 7 p.m. start at Harrington Auditorium.
|Senior Tim Butala talks about the MIT 73-63 home win over Coast Guard on Saturday|