- Score: U.S. Coast Guard Academy 108, MIT 93
- Records: MIT (10-12, 3-8 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (8-13, 3-8 NEWMAC)
- Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)
- The Lead: Despite connecting on 19 made three-pointers, the MIT men's basketball team dropped a 108-93 final to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday night at Roland Hall as the two teams split the regular-seasons series. The result puts MIT into a three-way tie with Coast Guard and Clark for the final NEWMAC Tournament berth as three regular-season games remain.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- On the opening play of the game, Coast Guard's Packy Witkowski hit a three-pointer to give the Bears the early edge. The Bears eventually built to a 22-14 advantage after a three by Justin Kane and continued to lead 27-19 with 12:22 left in the first period.
- Junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) knocked down a three to cut the margin down to 27-22 and MIT eventually made it a four-point game at 33-29 on a layup by first-year Matas Masys (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.).
- Coast Guard took its first double-digit lead at 45-35 on a Sean Graytok three-pointer at the 6:07 mark and closed the first half strong to take the 64-51 lead into the halftime break. MIT shot 57.9 percent from three-point land in the first period with 11 made three-pointers.
- The hosts led by double digits throughout the second period and by as many as 18 points, en route to the win. The Bears eclipsed the 100-point mark on a layup from Kane with 5:48 left, while MIT closed out the scoring on a layup by sophomore Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hinkley and sophomore Julian Manyika (San Francisco, Calif.) tied for the team lead with 21 points each, while sophomore Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.) posted 16 points to go along with 15 points by Masys. MIT shot 51.4 percent from three-point land (19-of-37) and Coast Guard hit on 17-of-36 three-point attempts. The 21-point performance was a career-high for Manyika as he was 7-for-10 from three-point land.
- MIT held a slight 38-35 advantage in rebounding, while Coast Guard outscored the Engineers by a 15-4 margin at the free throw line.
- Witkowski paced all scorers with 32 points, Kane registered a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double and Noah Baldez tallied 16 points and a game-high seven assists. J.T. Cox chipped in 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field.
- MIT is back in action on Wednesday, February 15th as the Engineers travel to Springfield College for a 1 p.m. start.