- Records: No. 22 MIT (10-1); UMass Dartmouth (6-3)
- Score: No. 22 MIT 88, UMass Dartmouth 68
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by a 26-point, nine-assist outing from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), the No. 22 ranked MIT men's basketball team powered to an 88-68 home win over UMass Dartmouth on Monday night. The Engineers used stingy defensive pressure and 65.4 percent shooting in the second half to open up a lead after the teams were tied at the break.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got out to a quick start and after just 6:33 of play, the Engineers led the Corsairs 15-2 after a layup from junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). The Engineers continued to lead by nine at 25-16 after another Roberts layup before the visitors embarked on a 19-8 run to seize a 35-33 advantage. The eventual go-ahead basket came on a three from Jake Ashworth with 44 seconds remaining in the half before Roberts scored on a putback at the buzzer to send the game into the break tied at 35-35.
- The Engineers shot 48.3 percent from the field in the first half while each team hit four three-points and MIT held a slight 18-16 edge on the boards. UMass Dartmouth outscored the MIT bench 16-2, while the Engineers held the 8-3 advantage in second-chance points.
- Roberts and freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) were the top scorers for MIT in the half with 10 points each. Cody Borges had 10 off the bench for the Corsairs.
- MIT regained the lead for good in the opening minutes of the second half on a Jomard layup, followed by a three in transition from junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) to make it 48-44. The run stretched to 9-0, capped by a three from the top of the key by Forsythe, to extend to a 53-44 advantage.
- Another Korb three at the 9:17 mark off a pass from Jomard forced a Corsairs timeout, while a three later in the half from freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) made it a 70-56 margin and forced another timeout by the visitors.
- MIT led by as many as 23 at 83-60 with 3:23 left after another Hinkley three before the Engineers came away with the eventual 20-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jomard ended the game with a near double-double with 26 points and nine assists, including 20 points in the second half alone. He was 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the half as MIT finished 16-for-21 at the line for the game. Roberts posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, along with 19 points from Forsythe, 12 from Hinkley and 11 by Korb. Korb was 3-for-5 from the three and now has 21 three-pointers in his last four games.
- UMass Dartmouth had three players in double figures as Arinze Obiora led the team with 14 points. Joshua Imadiyi added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds and two blocks, while Borges ended with 12 points.
- The Corsairs outscored the MIT bench 28-10, while MIT held a 38-30 rebounding advantage that included 31-20 on the defensive boards.
- The Engineers came into the game allowing just 58.8 points per game, ranking eighth in the country in scoring defense.
- MIT is ranked No. 22 in the latest D3Hoops.com National Poll after receiving votes in the three previous polls.
- MIT is now off after a busy first semester of action and will return to play on January 3rd as the Engineers travel to WPI for the team's NEWMAC opener beginning at 7 p.m. at Harrington Auditorium in Worcester, Mass.