- Score: Harvard 73, MIT 64
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Lavietes Pavilion)
- The Lead: In an exhibition game on Friday night at the newly-renovated Lavietes Paviliion, the MIT men's basketball team dropped a narrow 73-64 final to Division I Harvard University. The game improves Harvard to 1-0 overall, while counting as an exhibition for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Behind a game-high 20-point effort from Seth Towns, the Crimson built to an early 16-9 advantage over the first seven minutes of play. With 12:30 left, sophomore Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.) knocked down a three to pull the Engineers back within four at 16-12. Harvard again stretched the lead back out to seven before a three from freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) with 8:46 on the clock made it a 22-18 margin in favor of the hosts. Harvard eventually took a 39-32 lead into the break as the Crimson held a 12-5 edge at the free throw line over the first 20 minutes of play.
- Freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) nailed a three in the opening moments of the second half to get MIT back within four before a three from Towns gave Harvard its first double-digit lead at 45-35 with 17:52 remaining. The Engineers battled though, going on a 12-4 run that was capped by a Forsythe layup off a pass from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) to pull MIT within two at 49-47 with 11:36 left.
- The Crimson again stretched the lead to seven at 62-55, but MIT managed to stay within striking distance as two Hinkley free throws made it just a 63-59 margin with 1:33 remaining. Harvard knocked down seven free throws over the final moments of the game though to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jomard led MIT with 17 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists, while Hinkley had a 13-point debut in the starting lineup as he connected on 3-of-6 from three-point land. Forsythe added 13 points in 17 minutes off the bench, along with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds from Nwana.
- Towns led all scorers for Harvard with 20 points, while Chris Lewis had a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double and Bryce Aiken finished with 12 points.
- MIT opens up the 2017-2018 regular season on Tuesday, November 15th as the Engineers host Bridgewater State University for a 7 p.m. start.