- Records: No. 11 MIT (13-1, 3-0 NEWMAC); Emerson College (8-6, 2-1 NEWMAC)
- Score: No. 11 MIT 83, Emerson College 69
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by a 24-point outing from freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) and just three turnovers in the game, the No. 11 MIT men's basketball team won its 10th straight game with an 83-69 home win over Emerson College on Wednesday night at Rockwell Cage.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers led from the outset and built to a 25-14 lead over the opening 11:34 behind five three-pointers, including one from sophomore Aidan Einloth (Grayslake, Ill.) to cap the run. MIT led by as many as 15 in the opening period, but the Lions cut the advantage down to 10 at 35-25 with 2:35 remaining before the half following a three from Corey Fitz. MIT knocked down two more three-pointers over the final two minutes, along with four points from Emerson's Geoffrey Gray as the hosts took a 41-29 lead into the break.
- In the second half, the lead was cut down to seven early on another Gray basket before the Engineers pushed the edge back to 15 at 60-45 following an Einloth layup with 11:42 left. MIT kept up the pressure on both ends of the floor though, leading to a number of transition baskets that included a baseline dunk from Forsythe off a pass from junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Forsythe led the team with 24 points off the bench, while Jurko posted 17 points to go along with 15 points and eight assists by junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France). Einloth also finished in double figures with 11 points in 25 minutes off the bench.
- For Emerson, Gray was excellent with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double with three assists and no turnovers in 37 minutes of play. Jack O'Connor added 18 points, to go along with 14 points and five assists from Michael Sheng.
- The Engineers shot 50 percent from three for the game as the team connected on 12-of-24 attempts and overall shot 47.5 percent from the field. Emerson shot 48.2 percent from the field, hit 37.5 percent from three and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
- MIT turned the ball over just three times in the game and turned 12 forced turnovers into 16 points on the other end. The Engineers also had 18 assists on 29 made field goals, while the Lions finished with 11 assists, behind five from Sheng.
- The No. 11 ranking the highest for the Engineers since week 2 of the 2014-2015 season.
- MIT's current 10-game winning streak is the longest for the Engineers since a 13-game winning streak in the 2011-12 season.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, January 13th as the team heads to Wheaton College for a NEWMAC contest beginning at 3 p.m.