- Score: MIT 75, Keene State 57
- Records: MIT (4-3); Keene State (1-5)
- Location: Keene, N.H. (Spaulding Gym)
- The Lead: Led by 27 points from junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) and 20 points from sophomore Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.), the MIT men's basketball team finished its four-game road trip at 3-1 after a 75-57 victory at Keene State College on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Owls jumped out to an 8-3 lead over the first seven minutes of the game before sophomore Giannis Chatziveroglou (Athens, Greece) knocked down a jumper to pull MIT within 8-5. The teams went back and forth over the next seven minutes before the Engineers took the lead at 20-19 on a Hinkley three-pointer with 6:21 on the clock.
- MIT kept up the offensive pressure and eventually took the lead to double digits at 33-23 on two Cho free throws as the Engineers took that 10-point edge into halftime.
- Keene State quickly cut the lead to 35-32 with 17:58 remaining following a layup from James Anozie, but MIT kept the Owls at bay heading into the final 10 minutes of play. The Owls pulled back within three at 47-44 on a Marcus McCarthy layup before Hinkley connected on a three-pointer that sparked a decisive MIT run to close out the game.
- With four minutes, sophomore Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.) came up with the steal, followed by two straight Pilsbury baskets that extended the MIT advantage back to double digits at 65-55 with 3:06 on the clock. The Owls pulled back within seven before MIT closed the game on a 10-2 run for the 12-point final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hinkley narrowly missed his fourth straight double-double as he ended up with 27 points and nine rebounds behind 6-for-10 shooting from three. Cho added 20 points and a team-high six assists, sparked by 18-for-19 shooting from the free throw line.
- For Keene State, Anozie posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double, while McCarthy finished with 12 points and Jeff Hunter added a near double-double off the bench with 10 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes.
- The Engineers turned it over just eight times and forced 22 Keene State turnovers, while the Owls held a commanding 45-33 advantage on the boards.
- MIT returns to action on Thursday, December 5th as the Engineers host Salem State for a 7 p.m. non-conference start at Rockwell Cage.