WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Mitchell Kates scored a game-high 21 points and visiting MIT closed the game on a 25-14 run to post a 69-58 win in New England Men's And Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday evening.
With the win the Engineers improve to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in league play, while Clark has its brief two-game winning streak snapped and falls to 8-14 and 2-7 in conference action.
Kates added five assists, four rebounds and four steals to his totals, while classmate Will Tashman added 16 points and seven boards.
With the score tied at 44-44 following a Brian Vayda three-pointer, MIT went on a 12-0 run in a three minute span highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Jamie Karraker.
After that flurry, Clark never got closer than nine points again as MIT went 17-for-20 from the free throw line in the second half, including 13-for-15 in the final ten minutes of the game.
The Engineers seemed to have control of the game in the first half as they forced 11 turnovers, but they went to the half up 25-19 following Billy Bender's hoop at the buzzer.
MIT then scored the first two baskets of the second half before Vayda had an inside hoop and Travis Curley connected on a three-pointer.
The lead was again in double figures at 34-24 after a Tashman hoop on the interior, but Clark ran off eight straight points of their own as D.J. Bailey had a breakaway dunk and a layup off of a Jeff Tagger feed, making the score 34-32.
Bender answered for MIT with a three-point play and after a Vayda three-point play, Karraker dropped in one of his five three-pointers on the night to make the score 40-35.
The teams traded baskets and free throws over the next four minutes until Vayda finally evened the score with his three-pointer.
Karraker added 17 points and four rebounds for the Engineers, who shot 44 percent from the floor for the game and held a 39-26 edge on the glass.
Clark, conversely shot 39 percent for the game and was outscored 34-20 on points in the paint.
Vayda paced the Cougar attack with 14 points and six rebounds and freshman Jake Gubitose was the only other Clark player in double figures with 11 off the bench.
MIT returns to action on Saturday with a trip to Coast Guard, while Clark plays at Springfield on Saturday as well.
Release Courtesy of Clark University Sports Information