- Score: No. 8 MIT 113, Clark University 60
- Records: No. 8 MIT (21-3, 11-2 NEWMAC), Clark University (5-19, 1-12 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: After getting off to a quick start on Senior Night, No. 8 ranked MIT wrapped up the NEWMAC regular-season championship on Wednesday night with a 113-60 home victory over Clark University. The regular-season title is the first for MIT since the 2012-13 season and the program's fourth overall.
Prior to the game, the Engineers honored seniors Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.), Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.), Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) for their contributions to the program during their careers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers came out firing in the opening minutes and after a 17-2 run over a span of just 4:31, MIT jumped out to a 19-4 advantage. Included in that run was a dunk from Roberts as he picked up the first-half double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the half.
- The lead swelled to 20 for the first time at 31-11 after two free throws from sophomore Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) at the 9:09 mark as Hinkley scored eight unanswered. A three from first-year Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.) with 1:51 left stretched the lead to 31 points at 47-16 before the Engineers eventually took the 49-17 advantage into the break.
- MIT forced 15 Clark turnovers and held the Cougars to just 20 percent shooting from the field. On the offensive end, MIT converted nine three-points and shot 50 percent overall.
- In the second half, MIT led by 55 at 87-32 on a four-point play by sophomore Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) and by as many as 58 following another Forsythe three. The Engineers had 11 different players score as the team came away with the home win to move to 11-1 at Rockwell Cage.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Forsythe led all scorers with a 26-point effort in 17 minutes, while Jurko posted nine assists in just 18 minutes of play. Roberts earned his 16 double-double of the season with a 22-point, 14-rebound effort that also included six assists in 29 minutes. Cho was in figures with 15 points off the bench, along with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists from Jomard.
- Matthew Waggett was the leading scorer for Clark with 17 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes, while Tyler Davern nearly had a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
- As a team, the Engineers set the program's single-game record for assists with 31 that included 17 assists on 17 made field goals in the first half. In addition, the 113-point performance is the second-highest total in program history, trailing the single-game mark of 123 that occurred in the 1989-90 season.
- MIT is ranked eighth in this week's D3Hoops.com National Poll as the Engineers are down two spots from No. 6 in last week's rankings. In addition, MIT sits at No. 2 in the latest NCAA Northeast Region rankings that were released earlier this afternoon.
- MIT wraps up the regular season on Saturday, February 16th as the Engineers travel to WPI for a 1 p.m. start.