- Score: No. 1 Babson 70, MIT 67
- Records: MIT (19-6, 11-3 NEWMAC); No. 1 Babson (24-1, 14-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Staake Gymnasium)
- The Lead: Babson's Nick Comenale knocked down a game-winning three-pointer in the final second as the top-ranked Beavers rallied past the MIT men's basketball team for a 70-67 win on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams. MIT led 67-57 with just over four minutes remaining before Babson rallied for the comeback win.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Babson held a 23-22 advantage midway through the opening half before the Engineers embarked on a 10-0 run to seize a 32-23 advantage following a layup from sophomore AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.). The lead swelled to as many as 14 in the first period before the visitors took a 40-28 edge into the halftime break.
- In the second, MIT led by as many as 19 points at 47-28 score following a Jurko three-pointer before the Beavers answered. Babson cut the lead down to five at 49-44 on a Comenale three, but after an MIT timeout the Engineers built the lead back up to 12 with 10:22 on the clock.
- With 4:16 remaining, sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) knocked down a jumper for the 67-57 lead before the Beavers answered with the game-winning scoring spurt. Babson held the Engineers to 0-for-4 from the field for the rest of the game and tied things up at 67-67 with 1:09 on the clock. MIT missed a pair of shots prior to the eventual game-winning shot by Comenale as Babson became the first team in NEWMAC men's basketball history to go unbeaten in regular-season play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT is receiving votes for the second straight week in the D3hoops.com National Poll and is ninth in the second NCAA Northeast regional rankings.
- Senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) led the Engineers with 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes as he was 8-for-13 from the field. Jurko also had 19 points, while Korb had 12 points and three steals in 38 minutes.
- Joey Flannery paced four Beavers in double figures with 21 points, including 8-for-10 at the free throw line. Bradley Jacks added 16 points, along with 14 from Isaiah Nelsen and 13 by Comenale.
- Babson outscored MIT by a 20-10 margin at the free throw line, while the Engineers forced 18 Babson turnovers. MIT also held a slight rebounding advantage at 28-26, including 8-3 on the offensive glass.
- MIT is back in action in next week's NEWMAC Tournament as the Engineers will take on No. 3 seeded WPI in a 7:30 p.m. start on Saturday, February 25th at Babson's Staake Gymnasium.