- Records: MIT (19-5, 9-4 NEWMAC); Clark (4-20, 1-12 NEWMAC)
- Score: MIT 85, Clark 42
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
- The Lead: Led by a 21-0 run to start the second half, the MIT men's basketball team came away with an 85-42 road win over Clark University on Wednesday evening. MIT concludes the regular-season road schedule with a 10-2 mark following the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cougars jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind four quick points from Biko Gayman before the Engineers countered with an 11-0 run over 2:42 to seize the 11-6 advantage. Junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), who led MIT with 12 points in the first period, had six points in the scoring spurt that put the visitors in front for good.
- Gayman scored on a runner down the lane at the 7:05 mark to close the Cougars back to within 23-19 before a 13-0 MIT run extended the visitor's advantage to a 17-point margin. Junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) dropped in a pair of threes, along with one from Jurko to key the run. The teams traded baskets over the rest of the period for the most part as the Engineers took a 40-24 lead into halftime.
- MIT shot 54.8 percent from the floor in the first half and outscored the Cougars 15-3 from deep.
- In the second half, MIT started the half on a nice 21-0 run over the first 6:09 of the period to stretch the lead out to 61-26. The Engineers held a comfortable advantage over the remainder of the game, en route to the 43-point win and the regular-season series sweep of the Cougars.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Korb led the Engineers with 23 points on seven three-pointers to go along with seven rebounds, while junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) added 16 points and eight boards. Jurko also added 14 points as he was 6-for-9 from the field with a team-high three steals.
- Clark was led by 12 points from Gayman, while Adam Converse had four rebounds and Charles Pappas posted a team-best three assists off the bench.
- For the game, the Engineers shot 59.6 percent overall and knocked down 10 three-pointers and held the Cougars to 34.7 percent shooting from the floor.
- The Engineers turned Clark over 22 times, turning those into 22 points while also holding a 36-26 rebounding advantage. MIT also had 24 assists on 34 made field goals, led by Jurko's 14 assists that ties the MIT single-game mark.
- The win assures MIT of the No. 3 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament for next week and gets the Engineers a berth in the semifinals. The full bracket for the tournament will be announced upon the conclusion of the regular-season on Saturday.
- The Engineers are among those receiving votes in the national poll and are also ranked No. 9 in the latest NCAA Northeast Regional Rankings which were released on Wednesday.
- MIT wraps up the regular season on Saturday, February 17th as the Engineers host WPI for a 1 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.