Cambridge, Mass. – John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) dropped in a career-high 29 points and visiting Clark University scored a huge New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball victory, knocking off MIT, 74-69, on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Clark University 74, MIT 69
Records: Clark University (12-7, 4-4 NEWMAC); MIT (14-5, 6-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Rockwell Cage, Cambridge, Mass.
How It Happened:
The game was tied late in the first half when Clark went on a half-ending 11-1 run featuring hoops by Luca McCormick (Bradenton, Fla.) and Matt Woods (Arlington, Mass.) as well as a Pisacreta triple and back-to-back layups from the suddenly emerging Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.).
Clark continued to build its lead in the opening stages of the second half courtesy of some hot shooting from Pisacreta. He hit four three-pointers in the first six minutes of the half to key what turned out to be a 17-4 burst that had the Scarlet and White in total command at 53-33.
The Cougars were still ahead by 20 more than four minutes later when McCormick made the score 59-39 with 11:44 remaining after a pair of free throws.
A layup from MIT's Samuel Bockman (Oceanside, Calif.) sparked what would end up being a 20-0 run over seven and a half minutes as the Engineers clawed all the way back. Miraculously, MIT tied the game on a pair of free throws by Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) before the Cougars went back in front on a pair of free throws of their own by Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.).
The game was still in doubt after Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) connected on all three of his free throws to get MIT within one at 65-64 but Clark got a huge conventional three-point play from McCormick and then made six straight free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold off the Engineers and earn the season series split between the teams.
Inside The Numbers:
The Engineers shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half and hit 5-of-9 three-point chances to get back into the game, while holding the Scarlet and White to 36 percent from the field in the second.
For the Cougars, meanwhile, they took advantage of the 16 MIT turnovers, turning them into 21 points. Today's victory also marked the sixth time this season that Clark has made at least ten three-pointers in a game (10-for-24).
Pisacreta was extremely efficient in scoring a career-high 29, going 7-for-13 from the field, including 6-for-10 from behind the arc. The league's leader in free throw percentage went a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe – including six in the final four minutes – and has now made 22 in a row overall.
McCormick finished with 15 points and four boards, while Woods came off the bench to finish with eight points in just 14 minutes, connecting on all three of his shots including both from behind the arc.
The Cougars will travel to Coast Guard Academy for another crucial league showdown on Wednesday. That game will tip at 7:00 p.m.