- Score: MIT 75, Wheaton 67
- Records: MIT (18-5, 10-2 NEWMAC); Wheaton (10-13, 5-7 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by three players in double figures, the MIT men's basketball team ran its win streak to four straight with a 75-67 home victory over Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon. MIT is receiving votes for the second straight week in the D3hoops.com National Poll and is ninth in the first NCAA New England regional rankings.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT jumped out to a quick 12-6 lead over the first 4:57, capped by a basket from junior Spencer Rust (Alamo, Calif.). The Engineers continued to lead 18-17 at the midway point of the period and built that to 23-17 after a three from sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) and a putback by sophomore Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.).
- The Engineers led for the remainder of the half, including at 32-27 after a jumper by sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), before MIT took the 37-33 advantage into the halftime break.
- In the second, the game was tied on a number of occasions, including at 49-49 with 11:45 remaining following a three-pointer from Riley Tetreault. A 15-2 MIT run, capped by a jumper from sophomore Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), gave the hosts their biggest lead of the game at 64-51. The Lyons kept chipping away and eventually cut the advantage to just six at 67-61 with 2:29 left after a free throw. Roberts answered for the Engineers with a layup and MIT hit seven free throws down the stretch to seal its 10th NEWMAC win of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT forced 19 Wheaton turnovers while outscoring the visitors 14-8 from the free throw line. Wheaton shot 58.1 percent from the field for the game though and 69.2 percent from three as each team successfully knocked down nine three-pointers. MIT also owned a 31-25 rebounding advantage, including 11-1 on the offensive end.
- Korb paced the Engineers with 17 points to go along with 15 points and five assists from Jurko and 13 points off the bench from Roberts. Roberts was also the team's leading rebounder with nine boards.
- For Wheaton, Quinton Dale and Tetreault each had 15 points, while David Carbonello added 11 points. Ryan Fogarty nearly turned in a double-double with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.
- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, February 15th as the Engineers host Emerson College for Senior Night beginning at 7 p.m. at Rockwell Cage.
|AJ Jurko talks about Saturday's home win over Wheaton to improve to 18-5 overall!|