- Records: MIT (5-1); Salem State (4-2)
- Score: MIT 93, Salem State 45
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Led by 24 points from freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.), the MIT men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and pulled away for a 93-45 non-conference victory over Salem State on Thursday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers built to a double-digit lead at 16-6 over the first five minutes, capped by a three from junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.). The lead quickly swelled to 25 at 37-12 on a three from Forsythe with 5:48 left in the period before taking the eventual 53-19 advantage into the halftime break.
- In the first period, the Engineers posted assists on 14 of 18 field goals made while shooting 62.1 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from three (8-for-15).
- In the second half, MIT led by as many as 56 points with 2:44 remaining after a pair of Jurko free throws before coming away with the victory to seize a 7-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Vikings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT outscored the Vikings 47-28 off the bench and 38-20 in the paint while also turning 20 Salem State turnovers into 19 points. The Engineers turned Salem State over 20 times for the game, while MIT had 16 turnovers of its own.
- The Engineers held a 42-29 rebounding advantage, including 32-19 on the defensive end. MIT also finished the game with 22 assists on 31 made field goals to go along with seven blocks and six steals.
- MIT outscored the Vikings 36-6 from three-point land, led by a 4-for-6 performance from deep by Forsythe.
- Forsythe was one of four Engineers in double figures as he nearly registered a double-double with 24 points and nine rebounds. Jurko posted 19 points and five assists, along with 13 points from junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) and 10 points and five assists from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France).
- For Salem State, Alex De La Rosa led the team with 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench. Drew Healy was the top rebounder with five boards in 15 minutes played.
- MIT is receiving 37 votes in the latest D3hoops.com National Top 25 Poll as the Engineers were also receiving votes in the preseason national rankings.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, December 2nd as the Engineers travel to Lasell College for a non-conference matchup scheduled for a 3 p.m. tipoff.