Men's Basketball Pulls Away for 76-60 Win Over Coast Guard

MIT's Ian Hinkley holding the basketball at the top of the key as he is guarded by an opposing player.
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 76, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 60

- Records: MIT (8-5, 1-1 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (5-7, 0-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Led by three players in double figures, the MIT men's basketball team pulled away for a 76-60 home win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers got off to a slow start and quickly trailed by a 9-2 margin with 15:25 left after a three-pointer from Jason Frazer. MIT answered with an 11-4 run though, capped by layup from senior Christien Williams (Charlotte, N.C.), to tie the game at 13-13.

- Coast Guard briefly regained a one-point lead before the Engineers took control over the final eight minutes of the first half. A layup from sophomore Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.) extended the lead to double figures for the first time and a dunk by first-year Kael Kordonowy (Wichita, Kan.) closed the half and gave MIT a 34-17 halftime edge.

- MIT quickly pushed the lead up to 20 in the opening minutes of the second period and led by as many as 24 at 65-41 with 7:50 on the clock. Coast Guard hung in there and hit a trio of three-pointers over the final six minutes to cut into the lead. The Engineer defense turned away the potential Bears rally and eventually came away with the 16-point victory. MIT holds a 57-42 lead in the all-time series and has now won three straight over Coast Guard.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) led MIT with 30 points on 9-of-20 shooting, while Kordonowy nearly registered a triple-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Williams posted a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists and a perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the field. 

- For the Bears, Paul Costain tallied 16 points off the bench, while Tyler Perez nearly finished with a double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

- MIT held Coast Guard to 20.7 percent shooting from the field and 6.3 percent from three in the first half. The Engineers also outshot the Bears from the field, three-point land and the three-point line while earning assists on 18 of 26 made field goals.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, January 15th as the Engineers host Emerson College for a 7 p.m. start. 

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