No. 8 Men's Basketball Drops Road Final at Emerson on Wednesday

No. 8 Men's Basketball Drops Road Final at Emerson on Wednesday

THE BASICS:

- Score: Emerson College 84, No. 8 MIT 65

- Records: No. 8 MIT (12-2, 2-1 NEWMAC), Emerson College (8-6, 3-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker Gym)

- The Lead: On Wednesday night in NEWMAC action, the No. 8 ranked MIT men's basketball team fell to Emerson College by an 84-65 final. For the game, the Lions connected on 13 three-pointers and shot 56.5 percent from behind the arc to key the victory. MIT now holds a 29-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Lions in a series that began in 1984-85.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers jumped to an early 7-3 lead over the first two minutes, capped by a three from the top of the key by sophomore Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.). With the game tied at 16-16, the Lions used a pair of Geoffrey Gray three-pointers to spark a 12-3 run as Emerson took the 28-19 lead with 8:10 on the clock.

- A putback basket from senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and another Hinkley three pulled the visitors back to within four at 28-24. MIT eventually cut the advantage down to two at 33-31 after a layup by senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) before the Lions ended the half on a 13-7 run. Emerson extended the lead into double figures for the first time on a pair of free throws with 25.8 seconds on the clock, but a Roberts putback at the buzzer sent the game into the break at 46-38.

- The Lions continued to shoot well early in the second period and following a deep three from Gray near the midway point of the half, the hosts led by a 68-48 margin. Emerson led by as many as 25 points at 75-50 before coming away with the 19-point win to remain unbeaten in NEWMAC play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  

- Jomard and Hinkley each finished with 15 points, including five three-pointers from Hinkley.

- Roberts finished with his eighth straight and 10th overall double-double with an 11-point, 11-rebound performance in 31 minutes. Roberts is also ranked second in the nation in field goal percentage as he entered tonight shooting 73.5 percent for the season.

- Freshman Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.) was excellent off the bench in the second half as he finished with 11 points and was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point land. 

- For Emerson, Gray led all scorers with 30 points and 13 rebounds to go with six assists. Zach Waterhouse was 6-for-10 from three to finish with 22 points, along with 19 points from Jack O'Connor. O'Connor hit a trio of three-pointers and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

- The Engineers are ranked No. 8 in the most recent D3Hoops.com National Poll, down one spot from the previous rankings after posting a 2-0 record last week.

UP NEXT:  

- MIT returns home on Saturday, January 12th as the Engineers host Wheaton College for a 2 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.

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