Worcester, Mass. – Visiting MIT used an extremely efficient offensive performance in the first half and then cruised to a convincing 76-51 win over Clark University in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday afternoon.
Score: MIT 76, Clark University 51
Records: MIT 8-3 (1-0 NEWMAC); Clark University 8-4 (0-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Engineers led nearly wire-to-wire in collecting their seventh win in their last eight contests and their fifth in a row over the Cougars.
Clark took its only lead of the game when Matt Woods (Arlington, Mass.) connected on a three-pointer a little less than four minutes into the game, making the score, 9-8.
A quick MIT burst put the Engineers ahead 23-12 but the Cougars kept within striking distance when Evan Lerner (Hopedale, Mass.) scored inside and Luca McCormick (Bradenton, Fla.) dropped in a triple of his own, getting the Scarlet and White to within six at 23-17.
Over the next four decisive minutes, however, MIT went on 17-0 run that gave them a 23 point lead at 40-17. Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) highlighted the scoring spree with three three-pointers and Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) not only had a one-handed dunk on the fastbreak, but added a block that led to one of Korb's five first half three-pointers.
Clark finally stopped the run with a Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) hard-driving layup, but the Engineers continued their offensive efficiency, going up by as many as 29 in the first half at 50-21 when Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) scored and they went into halftime ahead 52-26.
MIT saw its lead reach its peak in the first four minutes of the second half when they opened up with a 7-0 run capped by a Dakota Pierce three-pointer that made the score 59-26 with 15:52 to play.
Beyond The Boxscore:
- The Engineers shot 65 percent from the field in the first half and wound up shooting 53 percent (31-for-58) for the game.
- MIT dished out 23 assists – a season-high total and their third straight game with 20 or more assists.
- The visitors' reserves held a 37-19 edge in bench points and MIT as a team held a 38-26 advantage in points in the paint.
- Clark shot a season-low 18 percent from behind the arc (4-for-22) and a season-low 30.6 percent from the field overall (19-for-62).
For The Foes:
- MIT put five players in double figures, led by Korb's 15 first-half points off the bench, while starters Butala (13), Pierce (12) and Nacho Nwana (10) were also a part of the double-digit scoring contingent.
- Samuel Bockman (Oceanside, Calif.) ended with ten points for the Engineers, who also got five rebounds and nine assists from AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.).
For The Nation:
- McCormick was the lone Cougar in double figures, ending with 12 points off the bench.
- David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) totaled nine points and both Atkinson and Denis Tobin (Medway, Mass.) chipped in with seven apiece.
The Cougars are back in action on Saturday when they hit the road for a league contest against Wheaton at 1:00 p.m.