Engineers Sprint Past Cougars, 76-61

Engineers Sprint Past Cougars, 76-61

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.

Game Information
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.

Up Next:
The Cougars are back in action on Saturday when they hit the road for a league contest against Wheaton at 1:00 p.m. 

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