- Records: MIT (3-1); Keene State (2-2)
- Score: Keene State 67, MIT 63
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: The MIT men's basketball team rallied to take a four-point lead late in the second half before Keene State countered with a late 6-0 run to secure a 67-63 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Rockwell Cage. This marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the opening period, MIT took a quick 9-0 lead over the first two minutes and stretched that advantage to double digits at 13-3 with 14:05 left on a layup from junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). The Engineers led by as many as 12 at 21-9 midway through the half before the Owls embarked on an 18-5 run over six and a half minutes, taking the lead on a Jordan Haywood jumper with 2:53 remaining before the break.
- The Engineers answered though with an 8-3 spurt, capped by a free throw by junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), to take a narrow 34-30 advantage into the half. MIT forced 10 Keene State turnovers in the first period while shooting 50 percent from the field.
- The Owls came out strong on both ends of the court in the second and after a quick 9-0 outburst, the visitors held their biggest lead to that point at 39-34 with 14:26 on the clock. Jomard ended the run on a layup moments later, but Keene stretched the lead to as many as nine at 49-40 with 10:44 remaining after a layup by Jake Dunkley.
- Keene State continued to lead by nine at 53-44 before the Engineers went on a 10-1 run of their own, capped by a free throw by freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.), to tie the game at 54-54 at the 6:30 mark. The Engineers continued to lead as the game headed under two minutes before the Owls tied things up at 61-61 on a pair of Ty Nichols free throws.
- The two teams traded baskets until the 20.9 second mark when Nichols nailed a three to give Keene the lead for good. After a missed MIT three and a free throw by Dizel Wright put the margin at 67-63, the Owls forced another turnover in the final seconds to secure the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) sparked MIT late in the game as he posted 15 points in the second half alone behind a trio of three-pointers, ending the game with a team-high 17 points. Hinkley was the other Engineer in double figures as MIT shot 43.1 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from three for the game.
- Nichols was the leading scorer for Keene State with 15 points and four steals, along with 12 points from Sidi Diallo and 10 from James Anozie off the bench. Wright nearly posted a double-double for the Owls with nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals.
- Overall, Keene State held a 43-34 edge in rebounding and converted 18 MIT turnovers into 21 points on the other end.
- 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 28th as the Engineers travel to UMass Boston for a non-conference game beginning at 7 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.