Jurko Leads No. 11 Engineers Past Lasell College, 96-64

Jurko Leads No. 11 Engineers Past Lasell College, 96-64

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 11 MIT 96, Lasell College 64

- Records: No. 11 MIT (5-1), Lasell College (1-7)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Led by a 16-point, 16-assist double-double by senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), the No. 11 MIT men's basketball team earned a 96-64 home win over Lasell College to run its winning streak to five straight. Jurko eclipsed his own MIT single-game assist record with the performance after he recorded 14 last year vs. Clark to tie the mark.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers led wire-to-wire for the third straight game as the hosts jumped out to a quick 7-0 edge to force a Lasell timeout. The lead swelled to double digits on three free throws by Jurko and was increased to 20 midway through the first half following a fast-break layup by sophomore Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) that made it 31-10.

- MIT led by at least 17 points over the rest of the opening period, including a 54-31 score at the break as Hinkley nailed a three in the final seconds for the Engineers.

- The Engineers opened the second half on a 20-8 run over the first 5:35 that was capped by a three from senior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) that made it 74-39. MIT was never threatened over the remainder of the game as the defense kept the Lasers at bay for their fifth straight non-conference victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  

- Jurko registered a double-double in the first half alone as he also added two steals and was 5-for-8 from the field. Senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) was outstanding again with 16 points that included three dunks, while Korb and Hinkley each posted a 15-point performance. Senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) was in double figures again as well with an 11-point afternoon.

- For the Lasers, Stefan Masciarelli led them with 19 points in 35 minutes to go along with a 10-point game by Vic Collazo.

- MIT turned the Lasers over 32 times and converted those turnovers in 38 points on the other end. In addition, the Engineers held a 42-24 scoring advantage in the paint and registered assists on 24 of 35 made field goals. 

- The Engineers are now averaging a league-leading 91 points per game after hitting the 90-point mark for a team-record fourth straight game.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hits the road for a pair of non-conference games next week, starting with a trip to UMass Dartmouth on December 4 at 7th p.m.

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