No. 19 Engineers Fall to Ramapo in Elite Eight, 68-66

No. 19 Engineers Fall to Ramapo in Elite Eight, 68-66

THE BASICS:

- Records: No. 19 MIT (25-6); Ramapo (25-6)

- Score: Ramapo 68, No. 19 MIT 66

- Location: Mahwah, N.J. (Bradley Center - Ramapo College)

- The Lead: Ramapo's Christopher Moseley knocked down two free throws with 0.9 seconds left in the game to defeat No. 19 MIT by a 68-66 final in the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament. This marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Roadrunners got off to a quick start at 7-0 over the first 2:13, including five points from Thomas Bonacum. MIT tied the game for the first time at 13-13 on a three from junior Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and eventually took its first lead at 27-25 with 5:28 left on a layup from junior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France).

- The Engineers led by as many as four after a three from the left wing from Pierce made it 35-31, but the Roadrunners regained the lead on Moseley dunk following an MIT turnover at midcourt.

- The teams traded the lead over the rest of the half, with a Moseley three-point play putting the hosts up 41-40 with 32.1 left. The Roadrunners took advantage of a late MIT turnover as James Long nailed a running three at the buzzer for the 44-40 halftime deficit.

- Over the second half, the lead was never larger than four points either way and with 2:36 remaining, MIT's Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) knocked down a three from in front of the bench and was fouled. He converted the four-point play to give the Engineers the lead back, but the teams headed I nto the final 49.6 seconds tied at 66-66 after a layup from Bonacum.

- After an MIT turnover, the Roadrunners called timeout with 16.7 seconds left and ran a play towards the basket. MIT was whistled for a critical foul with just 0.9 seconds remaining as Moseley hit both free throws to seal the win. A last shot attempt by the Engineers came up just short.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Jurko finished with seven points and 11 assists, while junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) posted his fourth double-double of the NCAA Tournament with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Korb added 13 points, along with 14 off the bench by freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.).

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