MIT Named NEWMAC Regular Season Champions with Victory Over Cougars

MIT Named NEWMAC Regular Season Champions with Victory Over Cougars

THE BASICS

-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.

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 senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) 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 senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) posted nine assists in just 18 minutes of play. Roberts earned his 16th 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 senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France).

-Sophomore Matthew Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) was the leading scorer for Clark with 17 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes, while his classmate Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) nearly had a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.

UP NEXT

-MIT wraps up the regular season on Saturday, February 16th as the Engineers travel to WPI for a 1:00 p.m. start.

-Clark hosts Wheaton College on Saturday, February 16th in NEWMAC action at 1:00 p.m.