- Score: Springfield College 72, MIT 60
- Records: MIT (9-7, 2-3 NEWMAC); Springfield College (13-3, 4-1 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Despite 19 points from junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) and three overall players in double figures, the MIT men's basketball team dropped a 72-60 final to Springfield College on Wednesday night at Rockwell Cage. The Pride are receiving votes in this week's D3Hoops.com National Poll.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Springfield started quickly and after 8:52, the Pride held a double-digit lead at 21-9 following a three-pointer from Trey Witter. The Engineers battled though and four minutes later, five straight points by MIT first-year Matas Masys (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) pulled the hosts within six at 26-20.
- The Pride led 36-26 with 2:40 left in the first half before MIT's Hinkley and Springfield's Robert Baum traded threes and the game went into the halftime break at 39-29 in favor of the Pride. Springfield took advantage of 13 first-half MIT turnovers and converted them into 13 points to build the lead.
- In the second half, the Pride led by as many as 18 points at 53-35 with 14:38 on the clock following a layup by Collin Lindsay. MIT answered though with a 15-5 run over a span of 6:03 that was capped by a layup by sophomore Giannis Chatziveroglou (Athens, Greece) to make it a 58-50 game with 8:35 remaining. Springfield eventually pushed the lead back to 16 on two occasions over the remainder of the game before eventually coming away with the 72-60 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hinkley finished with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting, along with 15 points from Masys and 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals by sophomore Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.).
- For the Pride, Heath Post had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double with four steals and two blocks. Noah Cummings posted 12 on 6-for-8 shooting, while Lindsay and Witter both totaled 11 points.
- Springfield forced 21 MIT turnovers and held a 31-27 rebounding edge, while both teams had 16 assists and combined for 58 points in the paint.
- MIT outshot the Pride from the field (55.3 percent) and from three-point land (57.1), while the two teams were a combined 1-for-5 from the free line as Springfield finished 1-for-4 at the charity stripe.
- MIT returns to action on Saturday, January 25th as the Engineers head to Babson College for a 1 p.m. start.