Jomard Paces No. 7 Engineers Past Babson in 88-77 Road Win

Photo by Robert Krawitz
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 7 MIT 88, Babson College 77

- Records: No. 7 MIT (18-2, 8-1 NEWMAC), Babson College (12-8, 5-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Staake Gymnasium)

- The Lead: Led by a career-high 38 points from senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), No. 7 ranked MIT powered to an 88-77 road win over Babson College on Wednesday night. The previous three meetings had all gone to overtime as the Engineers completed the regular-season series sweep of the Beavers for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- After an opening three from Babson's Brandon Johnson, the Engineers took off on a 7-0 run and seized the 7-3 advantage on a three from the right side by senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.). The teams traded the lead and played a one-possession game for much of the half, including at 34-31 in favor of MIT with 1:46 on the clock following a layup from senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). That basket was set up by a great entry pass by Jomard, who ended the first period with five assists overall.

-  The game was tied at 34-34 with 43.3 seconds left after a three-point play by Babson's Frank Oftring before Jurko put MIT back up by two with 28 seconds left. The Beavers converted a baseline layup in the final second though to send the contest into the break tied up at 36-36.

- The Engineers shot 51.6 percent from the field in the first half as Jurko paced the visitors with an 11-point period.

- In the second half, the teams neared the midway point of the period with MIT holding a slight 55-54 edge after a basket by Babson's Shyheim Ulrickson. The Engineers roared to life over the next seven minutes with a 16-2 scoring run that made it 71-56, en route to the eventual 11-point win as MIT led by at least 10 points down the stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jomard erupted for 38 points and 10 rebounds on 14-for-21 shooting from the field to lead three Engineers in double figures. Jurko posted 17 points, six rebounds and six assists and sophomore Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) added 10 points.

- Roberts had his string of double-doubles come to an end at an incredible 13 straight as he posted eight points, six rebounds and shot 4-of-7 from the field. He continues to lead the team and the NEWMAC in field goal percentage at 69.5 percent through 20 games.

- For the Beavers, Oftring paced them with 19 points to complement Julian Alexis and Andrew Jaworksi with 11 points each. 

- MIT is ranked seventh in this week's D3Hoops.com National Poll as the Engineers are up two spots from No. 9 in last week's rankings.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, February 3rd as the Engineers head to Wheaton College for a 2 p.m. start.

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