- Score: No. 20 Babson 90, MIT 85 (OT)
- Records: MIT (10-10, 3-6 NEWMAC); No. 20 Babson College (17-3, 7-2 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: In a game that featured 20 lead changes and seven tie scores, the MIT men's basketball team came up short in overtime as the Engineers dropped a 90-85 final to No. 20 ranked Babson College on Wednesday night. This marks the third straight season that the teams have played in overtime games in Cambridge and this is also MIT's second straight overtime home game over the past week.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Babson jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead over the first 3:16 of the game, capped by a layup from Matt Pattyson. MIT first-year Kael Kordonowy (Wichita, Kan.) got MIT on the board and sparked the Engineers to a 26-4 run that included eight straight points from junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) to give MIT a 26-22 advantage.
- Both teams were solid defensively over the last 7:34 of the opening half as the teams each held three-point leads, including at 32-29 in favor of MIT with 2:03 on the clock. Babson's Jack Coolahan scored on a layup with 1:09 remaining as it was the Engineers that took the narrow 32-31 lead into the half.
- The Beavers started the second half nearly identical to the first, jumping out to a 12-0 run that put Babson back in front by double digits at 43-32. A three-pointer by sophomore Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.) pulled MIT within 43-35 and the Engineers eventually regained a one-point lead at 46-45 on a Cho layup at the 14:14 mark.
- MIT led by as many as six at 66-60 after a layup by sophomore Giannis Chatziveroglou (Athens, Greece) at the 6:44 mark before the visitors cut the lead back down to one at 68-67. With MIT leading 74-71 with 2:04 on the clock, Babson's Crew Ainge hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it a two-point game. After an MIT miss, Andrew Jaworski was fouled for Babson with 36.5 seconds left in regulation. Jaworski nailed both free throws to tie things up at 74-74 and the game headed into the extra period.
- In the overtime period, MIT first-year Tim Kostolansky (Walnut Creek, Calif.) gave the Engineers the quick lead on a dunk off a pass from Cho. The two teams traded the lead back and forth eight times in overtime alone, including MIT's Chatziveroglou hitting two free throws with 1:01 remaining to give the hosts the 85-84 edge. A jumper from Ainge put the Beavers in front for good at 86-85, followed by four free throws by Coolahan over the final 14 seconds to seal with five-point win for Babson.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hinkley connected on five three-point attempts, en route to a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double that was his fifth double-double of the year. Chatziveroglou finished with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double, along with a career-high 17 points by Kostolansky and 13 from Cho. First-year Matas Masys (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) tallied seven points and a career-high 10 assists as he played all 45 minutes.
- Coolahan led all scorers with 33 points behind seven three-pointers, while Jaworski hit five three-pointers and totaled 32 points and three assists. Colin Bradanese also posted a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high four blocks.
- MIT shot 50.7 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free throw line, while the Beavers outscored the Engineers by a 36-21 margin from three-point land. MIT also held a commanding 47-30 rebounding advantage, including a 35-21 on the defensive boards.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, February 8th as the Engineers host Wheaton College for a 2 p.m. start.