No. 6 Engineers Drop 66-61 Road Final at Springfield College

No. 6 Engineers Drop 66-61 Road Final at Springfield College

THE BASICS:

- Score: Springfield College 66, No. 6 MIT 61

- Records: No. 6 MIT (20-3, 10-2 NEWMAC), Springfield College (9-14, 6-6 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the No. 6 ranked MIT men's basketball team dropped a 66-61 road final to Springfield College as the Engineers and the Pride split the regular-season series. Despite the loss, the Engineers claim at least a share of the 2019 NEWMAC regular-season championship with two regular-season games remaining.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Springfield jumped out to the quick 8-0 edge behind four points each by Jake Ross and Kevin Durkin. MIT senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) hit a three to get the Engineers on the board as MIT went on an 18-4 run and took the 18-12 edge following a three-pointer from sophomore Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.).

- The Pride battled back and took a 21-19 edge with 4:44 on the clock with an off-balance jumper from Ross before the Engineers pushed back ahead by a 28-24 advantage. MIT led 30-26 with 1:11 left before the half after a pair of free throws by senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.), but Springfield closed on a quick 5-0 scoring spurt.

- Jake Jacobson knocked down a three at the 53-second mark to cut the lead to one, followed by a putback from Collin Lindsay that sent the game to the break at 31-30 in favor of Springfield.

- Jomard paced MIT with 12 points in the first half and Ross scored 17 of Springfield's 31 points. Ross shot 7-of-10 in the period, while the rest of the Pride offense was 6-of-17 from the field.

- In the second, the teams went back and forth over the first 10 minutes before the Engineers took a 43-42 edge with 10:03 on the clock following a Jomard layup. Springfield regained the lead for good at the 9:40 mark on a long jumper from the left side that made it 44-43 and stretched that advantage out to eight eventually on another Earle hoop at the 5:13 mark.

- After the lead fluctuated, MIT came down the stretch with an opportunity to come away with the victory. Jomard knocked down two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to make it a 60-59 score, but the Pride converted on six three throw chances in the final moments to come away with the five-point win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jomard paced MIT with 32 points, while senior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) added 14 points off the bench. For the Pride, Ross led four players in double figures with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double. Earle had an 11-point outing to go along with 10 each from Durkin and Heath Post.

- MIT is ranked sixth in this week's D3Hoops.com National Poll as the Engineers are up one spot from No. 7 in last week's rankings. In addition, the Engineers are ranked first in the NCAA Northeast Regional rankings that came out earlier in the day. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home on Wednesday, February 13th as the Engineers host Clark University in a 6 p.m. start. Prior to the start of the game, the Engineers will honor the five members of the 2019 MIT Men's Basketball Senior Class.

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