- Records: MIT (3-0); No. 6 Tufts (1-2)
- Score: MIT 93, No. 6 Tufts 83
- Location: Medford, Mass. (Cousens Gym)
- The Lead: Led by a 24-point effort from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) on Tuesday evening, the MIT men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 93-83 road win over No. 6 Tufts University in non-conference play at Cousens Gym.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Jumbos built the lead up to as many as 11 twice in the first half, including at 27-16 with 9:15 left on a layup from Vincent Pace before the Engineers answered with a run to pull within 27-23. That basket came on a layup from Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) following a defensive rebound and a great pass from Jomard. Following a pair of free throws with 7:34 left in the half by sophomore Nacho Nwana (White Plains, N.Y.) that made it a two-point game, the Engineers took their first lead of the game at 28-27 on a free throw by junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.).
- Korb hit a three from the top of the key with 5:12 on the clock to cap a 12-0 MIT run and make the margin 31-27 before the Jumbos ended the scoring by the Engineers. MIT's Aidan Einloth (Grayslake, Ill.) nailed a three from the top of the key as well at the 2:51 mark to stretch the advantage to 39-32, following by a turnaround jumper with one minute on the clock that pushed the edge to 43-32 in favor of the visitors as MIT took the eventual 43-33 lead into the break.
- In the second half, the Engineers continued to lead 63-55 with 11:40 remaining before a 7-0 Jumbos run that was capped by a Will Brady layup at the 10:10 mark got Tufts within one. Two free throws by freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) again made the lead a double-digit point at 75-65 before Tufts cut the margin down to just two at 83-81 on a Pace contested layup at 2:06.
- After a layup from Jomard and a number of Engineer free throws in the final minutes, MIT kept the Jumbos at bay for the 10-point win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jomard led four Engineers in double figures as MIT shot 53.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three as he posted 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) added 18 points on 7-for-10, along with 15 from Einloth and 13 from Korb off the bench.
- Pace the top scorer for the Jumbos with 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting, while Eric Savage finished with 13 points and Patrick Racy ended with 12.
- 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 Saturday, November 25th as the Engineers host Keene State College in a Noon start at Rockwell Cage.