Men's Basketball Drops 73-63 Non-Conference Final at Tufts

Dan Pilsbury dribbling the basketball along the baseline
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: Tufts University 73, MIT 63

- Records: MIT (3-3); Tufts University (5-0)

- Location: Medford, Mass. (Cousens Gym)

- The Lead: In a back-and-forth game on Tuesday night, the MIT men's basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 73-63 road setback at Tufts University.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Tufts jumped out to an 11-6 lead over the opening 5:43, capped by a layup from Eric Savage. The Engineers answered with back-to-back threes from sophomore Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) though and took their first lead of the game at 12-11.

- The teams then traded the lead back and forth seven times before Hinkley's free throw at the 6:07 mark tied the game at 19-19. The Engineers finally extended the lead out to three at 27-24 as sophomore Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.) completed a three-point play with 2:40 on the clock.

- Savage knocked down one of two free throws with 1:09 left to tie the game as the teams eventually went into halftime tied at 33-33. MIT shot just 4-of-11 from the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes while holding Tufts to 34.4 percent shooting from the field.

- Savage had 15 points for Tufts in the first half, led by a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line. Cho led MIT with nine first-half points as six different Engineers scored in the period.

- The Jumbos came out firing to start the second half and just 5:13 in, Tufts built to a 44-37 lead after a layup from Luke Rogers. The Engineers answered with an 8-2 run of their own, capped by two Hinkley free throws to make it a 46-45 margin.

- Tufts began to take control just past the midway point of the second half and extended the lead into double figures at 55-45 following another Rogers layup. Tufts led by as many as 13 points on three occasions as the Engineers did manage to cut the lead down to 66-59 with 3:36 left following two free throws by sophomore Grant Miller (Park Ridge, Ill.). The Jumbos closed the game on a 7-4 run however, en route to the 10-point non-conference final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  

- Pilsbury and Hinkley each posted double-doubles for MIT, led by the 16-point, 13-rebound showing from Pilsbury. Hinkley now has three straight double-doubles to open his season as the reigning NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

- For Tufts, Tyler Aronson led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Savage with 17, Carson Cohen with 12 and Brennan Morris with 11. Rogers was the top rebounder for the Jumbos with 12 boards as Tufts held a 45-40 rebounding advantage overall. 

- The teams combined for 8-of-39 shooting from three-point land, while Tufts held a 7-2 advantage in blocked shots.

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up a four-game road trip on Saturday, November 30th as the Engineers travel to Keene State for a 1 p.m. start.

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