No. 7 Men's Basketball Downs Coast Guard, 69-54

No. 7 Men's Basketball Downs Coast Guard, 69-54

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 7 MIT 69, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 54

- Records: No. 7 MIT (12-1, 2-0 NEWMAC), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (9-3, 0-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Merriman Gym)

- The Lead: Led by a 26-point effort from senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), the No. 7 ranked MIT men's basketball team ran its winning streak to 12 straight with a 69-54 road win at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon. The game was called with 2:50 left in the contest due to an injury.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT fell into an early 9-2 hole over the first 4:13, capped by a three from the corner by Coast Guard's Packy Witkowski. The Engineers settled in however and tied the game for the first time at 14-14 on a three-point play by senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) with 11:13 on the clock.

- The Engineers took their first lead of the game on a free throw by Jurko moments later before the Bears tied the game at 17-17 on a corner three by Jason Frazer. The visitors then embarked on a 10-0 scoring run over nearly three minutes to stretch the advantage to 27-17 with 6:31 remaining in the half.

- MIT led by as many as 11 over the opening 20 minutes before taking a 39-29 lead into the break. The Bears had cut the lead down to eight with 19 seconds later, but a putback by senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) at the buzzer gave the Engineers the 10-point edge.

- Coast Guard came out strong in the second half and with 12:43 remaining, the Bears closed to 47-43 following a layup by Yonas Gordon. The Engineers countered with a 9-2 scoring spurt over the next 1:47 though and extended the lead back to 56-45.

- The Bears got within 61-54 with 5:52 on the clock before a pair of threes from the top of the key by Jurko put the game out of reach at 69-54.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Roberts recorded his seventh straight double-double and ninth overall for the season as he ended the game with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

- In addition to Jurko's 26 points, Jomard ended the game in double figures with a 19-point effort. Coast Guard was led by 13 points from Noah Baldez, as well as 11 points from Nolan Benson.

- The Engineers are ranked No. 7 in the most recent D3Hoops.com National Poll, up one spot from the previous rankings.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, January 9th as the Engineers travel to Boston for a 6 p.m. NEWMAC contest at Emerson College.

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