No. 5 Engineers Drop Season Opener to Endicott, 90-73

No. 5 Engineers Drop Season Opener to Endicott, 90-73

THE BASICS:

- Score: Endicott 90, No. 5 MIT 73

- Records: Endicott (2-0); No. 5 MIT (0-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Led by 52.5 percent shooting from three-point land, the visiting Endicott College Gulls built a first-half lead and came away with the 90-73 win over No. 5 ranked MIT on Thursday night in the season opener for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The two teams started out pretty even over the opening eight minutes as the Engineers led 15-12 following a jumper from senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.). Mathew Catizone countered with a three at the 12:15 mark, sparking an Endicott run that eventually led to a double-digit lead at 37-27 with 4:02 on the clock before halftime.

- From that point, the Gulls closed the period with a 15-5 spurt and led by as many as 22 before taking the 52-32 advantage into the half. Endicott connected on 12 three-pointers over the opening 20 minutes and held the Engineers to 17.6 percent from deep over that stretch.

- In the second half, the MIT offense settled in and cut the lead to 58-44 following a three from senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France). Endicott answered with a 5-0 spurt and seemed to have an answer each time MIT appeared poised to get to within single digits. The Engineers cut the lead down to 11 at 72-61 with 8:49 remaining after two Jomard free throws, but Matt McDevitt nailed a three for the visitors.

- Endicott extended the lead back to 20 at 83-63, followed by an 8-2 MIT run before the Gulls came away with the 90-73 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jomard led MIT with a game-high 25 points and four blocks, while senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) finished with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double. That is the fifth consecutive double-double for Roberts dating back to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Senior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) also finished in double figures with 12 points and Jurko tallied a game-high seven assists.

- Keith Brown was the top scorer for the Gulls with 19 points, along with 14 from McDevitt and 16 off the bench by Catizone.

- The Gulls shot 52.5 percent from three for the game (21-of-40), while MIT outrebounded Endicott 46-36 that included a 17-9 edge on the offensive glass. 

- MIT is ranked No. 5 in the 2018-19 D3Hoops.com Preseason National Poll following an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight last year.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, November 17th as the Engineers travel to Eastern Nazarene for a 2 p.m. non-conference start.

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