- Records: MIT (2-0); Eastern Nazarene (1-1)
- Score: MIT 80, Eastern Nazarene 50
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by a tremendous defensive effort in the second half, the MIT men's basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a convincing 80-50 home win over Eastern Narazene on Saturday afternoon at Rockwell Cage. The Engineers opened the second half on a 20-0 run to surge into the lead after trailing by a narrow 36-35 margin at the break.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first half, the Lions used six three-pointers in the period to lead by as many as 10 at 26-16 with 7:42 remaining after a triple from Brenndan Rogers. MIT still trailed by five at 36-31 with 1:16 remaining before halftime, but the Engineers used four quick points from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) to pull within one.
- The Engineers locked down on defense in the second half, holding the Lions to just three field goals over the final 20 minutes. Eastern Nazarene was scoreless in the half over the first 8:05, getting back on the board on a layup from Tray'Von Davis that made the score 55-38.
- Sophomore Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.) forced a turnover and converted it into a layup at the other end to make it a 20-point game with 9:40 left. The Engineers pushed the lead up to as many as 30, including with 2:45 left after a Jomard dunk put MIT up 74-44. The Lions trailed by at least 25 the rest of the way as MIT snapped a two-game losing streak vs. Eastern Nazarene.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jomard was the team's leading scorer with 16 points to go along with four assists, four steals and two blocks on 7-for-11 shooting. Nwana was also in double figures with 13 to go along with 12 each from freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) and junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) and 11 from sophomore Aidan Einloth (Grayslake, Ill.).
- MIT turned Eastern Nazarene over 26 times in the game, including 17 times in the second half as the Engineers turned those mistakes into 31 points. MIT also owned a 35-22 edge in bench scoring and outscored the Lions 42-16 in the paint.
- Davis was the lone Lion in double figures with 12 points in 20 minutes off the bench as the visitors shot 30 percent for the game that included just 15 percent in the second half.
- The Engineers held a 39-30 advantage in rebounding, including 30-20 on the defensive glass.
- MIT is receiving votes in the D3Hoops.com Preseason National Poll as the Engineers were also chosen as the NEWMAC preseason favorites in the league's coaches poll.
- MIT is back in action on Tuesday, November 21st as the Engineers travel to No. 6 ranked Tufts University for a 7 p.m. start.