- Score: Harvard 78, MIT 66
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Lavietes Pavilion)
- The Lead: In exhibition action on Tuesday night, the No. 5 ranked MIT men's basketball team dropped a back and forth 78-66 final to Division I Harvard University at Lavietes Pavilion. MIT is the two-time defending NEWMAC Champions, while the Crimson claimed the 2018 Ivy League title and appeared in the NIT.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Harvard jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead, capped by a three from freshman Noah Kirkwood just 5:27 into the first. MIT pulled to within three at 20-17 on a layup by senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) with just over nine minutes left in the half before a three from Danilo Djuricic gave the Crimson the five-point lead again.
- MIT tied the game at 22-22 on a pair of free throws by senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) and took its first lead of the game on a Jurko jumper that made it 26-25. After a Jurko layup off the glass had the visitors up 35-34, a quick 6-0 Crimson run that included a four-point play gave Harvard the 40-35 lead with 2:07 on the clock. A pair of Jurko free throws and a Roberts layup closed the opening period though as MIT trailed 40-39 at the break.
- The Crimson came out of halftime with a quick 8-0 run over 3:37 as Chris Lewis scored on three layups and a pair of free throws to make it 48-39. A turnaround jumper by Roberts stopped the spurt as the teams headed into the media timeout at 50-41 with 15:41 left.
- A baseline layup from Kirkwood gave Harvard its biggest lead of the game at 59-46 at the 12:24 mark. The Engineers pulled back to within single digits moments later though, including at 59-51 following a three from the right wing by sophomore Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.).
- MIT got the Harvard lead down to five at 65-60 on a corner three by Forsythe with 6:26 left, but that was the closest the Engineers would get as the Crimson picked up the 12-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Roberts finished with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, followed by Jurko with 19 points and six rebounds. Lewis paced the Crimson with a game-high 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting, while Kirkwood added 13 points.
- MIT is ranked No. 5 in the 2018-19 D3Hoops.com Preseason National Poll following an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight last year.
- MIT opens up the 2018-2019 regular season on Tuesday, November 15th as the Engineers host Endicott College for a 7 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.