Jurko Leads No. 12 Engineers Past Babson in Overtime Thriller, 94-90

Jurko Leads No. 12 Engineers Past Babson in Overtime Thriller, 94-90

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 12 MIT 94, Babson College 90 (OT)

- Records: No. 12 MIT (15-2, 5-1 NEWMAC), Babson College (12-5, 5-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Led by a career-high 37 points from senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), the No. 12 MIT men's basketball team came away with a thrilling 94-90 overtime win over Babson College in a battle for first place in the NEWMAC standings. This is the first of two meetings between the teams over an 11-day span.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Neither team led by more than three points over the first eight minutes of play as the game was knotted at 18-18 after a baseline dunk from sophomore Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.).

- The game remained tied at 24-24 before a three-point play from Babson's James Welch gave the Beavers a 27-24 advantage with 8:07 left before the half. Babson eventually pushed out to a double-digit lead at 43-33 with 3:28 on the clock before the Engineers used a quick pair of hoops to get back within six.

- The final basket of the period came with 45 seconds left on a putback from Babson's Brandon Johnson as the Beavers led 49-41 at the break. Babson outscored MIT 21-6 from three-point land in the half as the Beavers shot 57.1 percent from the field.

- In the second, Babson led by as many as 13 on two occasions, including 57-44 with 16:06 left after a corner three by Andrew Jaworski. MIT came charging back though with a 16-2 run over 4:52 that included a go-ahead layup off the glass from Forsythe for the 60-59 edge.

- The Beavers pushed the lead back out to seven at 71-64 before an 11-3 Engineers scoring spurt put the hosts back in front by a point at 75-74 with 3:15 left. Babson continued to lead by three with 19.8 seconds remaining in regulation, but MIT answered as Jurko drilled a three from the top of the key with 11.9 on the clock to tie the game at 80-80 and send it to OT.

- In the extra period, senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) won the opening tip and scored 48 seconds in to put MIT ahead to stay. The Engineers led by as many as seven in overtime and used five free throws from senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) to seal the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jurko surpassed his previous career high of 34 points from his freshman season as he was 11-for-13 at the free throw line while adding six assists and three steals. Jomard picked up his second straight double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, along with seven assists and 12 made free throws. 

- Roberts was 6-for-8 from the field and finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He now has 11 straight double-doubles and 13 overall for the season. Forsythe also ended in double figures with 10 points and two outstanding blocks.  

- Jaworski led the Beavers with 21 points, while Frank Oftring and Julian Alexis each finished with 15 points. Oftring had a team-high eight rebounds and Welch ended up with 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench.

- The Beavers outrebounded MIT by a 41-33 margin and outscored the MIT bench, 31-12. MIT held an advantage in field goal percentage and three-point percentage, while Babson outshot the Engineers at the free throw line. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT hits the road on Wednesday, January 23rd as the Engineers travel to Clark University for a 7 p.m. start in Worcester.

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