No. 9 Men's Basketball Edged By Springfield, 68-65, In NEWMAC Action

No. 9 Men's Basketball Edged By Springfield, 68-65, In NEWMAC Action

THE BASICS:

- Records: No. 9 MIT (14-2, 4-1 NEWMAC); Springfield (10-6, 4-1 NEWMAC)

- Score: Springfield 68, No. 9 MIT 65

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Springfield College snapped No. 9 MIT's 11-game win streak on Wednesday evening as the visiting Pride defeated the Engineers, 68-65, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest inside Rockwell Cage.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Both teams traded baskets over the opening seven minutes of action before a layup from MIT junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) gave the Engineers an early 13-12 advantage. Springfield then went on a 14-2 run capped by a three point shot by Andy McNulty and a total of five points from Cam Earle which gave the visitors a 26-15 lead with 7:08 to play in the opening stanza.

- The Engineers were able to cut the deficit back to as little as five (32-27) after junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) was a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe with 5:06 to play in the first before the Pride ended the opening period on a 12-4 spurt for a 44-31 lead at the break. During that run, Springfield got four points from Jake Ross and two points from four other student-athletes.

- MIT chipped away at Springfield's lead until the score was even at 60-60 with 5:17 to play in the game. Over those first 15 minutes of the second half, MIT outscored Springfield by a 29-16 margin as Jomard ended the streak with a three point play after a driving layup. During the stretch, Jomard tallied 11 points, while Korb and freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) both registered eight points apiece including a pair of shots from deep range.

- Out of a 30-second timeout called by MIT, Springfield's Ross notched the next eight points for the Pride which included back-to-back layups giving the visitors a 67-63 lead with under three minutes left on the clock. After two turnovers by each team and the clock under 1:30, Jomard drove to the basket for two to make the score, 67-65.

- Jomard blocked Ross' next shot down the floor and after a missed shot off the offensive rebound, MIT gained possession with 20-seconds to play. Jomard drove down the lane and pulled up for a jumper, but it ricocheted off the rim and into the hands of Ross, who made one of his final two free throws to secure the game 68-65 for Springfield.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jomard led MIT with 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor and added six assists and five rebounds to his stat line tonight. Forsythe chipped in with 16 points in a 40-minute effort, while Korb registered 14 points of his own. Junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) paced the Engineers with ten rebounds and tallied seven points in 37 minutes for MIT.

- Ross, who registered his 11th double-double of the season, posted 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Pride. Springfield also got 12 points from Earle and 10 rebounds as well as five assists from Heath Post in the road win.

- MIT shot 41.7-percent (25-for-60) from the floor, 25.9-percent (7-for-27) from beyond the arc and 100-percent (8-for-8) from the free throw line, while Springfield shot 54.3-percent (25-for-46) from the floor, 50-percent (6-for-12) from long range and 75-percent (12-for-16) from the stripe.

- As a team, Springfield edged MIT in rebounds, 30-29, and the Pride outscored the Engineers by a 14-0 off the bench. MIT, however, tallied 18 points off of turnovers from Springfield compared to the Pride's eight in tonight's game.

- The No. 9 ranking is the highest for the Engineers since week 1 of the 2012-2013 season, when MIT was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, January 20th as the Engineers travel to Babson Park, Mass. for the first of two meetings over just 11 days with Babson College. Saturday's game begins at 3 p.m.

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