No. 5 Engineers Take Overtime Thriller Over Tufts, 98-92

No. 5 Engineers Take Overtime Thriller Over Tufts, 98-92

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 5 MIT 98, Tufts University 92 (OT)

- Records: No. 5 MIT (2-1), Tufts University (2-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: In a non-conference matchup that had the atmosphere of a playoff game, the No. 5 ranked MIT men's basketball team overcame a 12-point deficit and came away with an eventual 98-92 overtime win over Tufts University on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Jumbos quickly jumped out to a seven-point lead at 9-2 after a layup from Luke Rogers just 2:53 into the first half. MIT tied the game at 16-16 on a three-pointer by sophomore Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) before Tufts went back in front and comfortably built the 39-27 advantage with 3:29 left in the period.

- Trailing by seven and trying to come up with a late stop on defense, MIT freshman Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.) pulled down a rebound with four seconds left and drilled a shot from three-quarters court to make it a 43-39 halftime margin.

- The Engineers quickly seized the 45-43 lead on a layup from senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) before the Jumbos roared back and led 62-53 at the 10:25 mark after a jumper from Eric DeBrine.

- MIT got the lead down to under five over the final six minutes of the half, but still trailed 86-82 following a dunk from Rogers with 42 seconds left. Senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored the final four points of regulation though as he put in a layup off a great pass from senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) with 34.7 left, followed by two free throws with 5.7 remaining.

- In the extra period, the Engineers took the lead for good on a layup from Roberts with 1:53 on the clock. Two Jurko free throws at the 44.4 second mark made it a five-point MIT lead, but Tufts answered immediately with a three-point play by Justin Kouyoumdijan to cut the edge to 93-91. Five free throws in the final seconds clinched the win for the Engineers as they defeated the Jumbos for the second straight season. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Five Engineers finished in double figures, led by a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double by Roberts. Senior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) had 22 points and hit five three-pointers while Jomard, Jurko and Pilsbury also finished in double figures.

- For Tufts, Brennan Morris was the top scorer with 23 points, followed by Tyler Aronson with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. Carson Cohen and Kouyoumdijan also finished with double-figure performances at 14 and 11 points, respectively.

- The Engineers turned 23 Tufts turnovers into 28 points and held a 42-30 scoring advantage in the paint.

- Tufts outshot the Engineers both from the field and three-point land, while MIT held at the edge at the free throw line.

- 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 24th as the Engineers travel to Keene State for a 1 p.m. start.

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