No. 8 MIT Defeats Men's Basketball Using Strong Second Half

No. 8 MIT Defeats Men's Basketball Using Strong Second Half
SCORE: Wheaton 69 - MIT 84

RECORDS: Wheaton (10-4, 1-3 NEWMAC) - MIT (12-2, 2-1 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The 8th-ranked MIT Engineers used a strong second half performance to defeat the visiting Wheaton College men's basketball team in Cambridge this afternoon, 84-69.
  • Wheaton drops their third in a row for a 10-4 overall record, while MIT improves to 12-2 and 2-1 in NEWMAC play. 
  • David Carbonello shined for the Lyons with a 23-point/5 rebound performance, shooting 9-14 from the field, 2-3 from 3-point range and 3-4 from the line. 
  • Senior Duaka Ekwensi tallied 16 points and 7 boards, as he shot 8-9 in free throws, while Riley Tetreault came off the bench to score 14 points in 28 minutes. 
  • The Lyons shot well on the evening, recording a 52.1 percentage from the field and 57.1 percentage from beyond the arc as a team.
  • Alex Cho, a reserve, lead all players on the floor with 26 points off the bench. Tim Welch put up a 12-point, 10-board double-double in 30 minutes of work, while Dakota Pierce and Ian Hinkley each chipped in with 11 points. 
  • MIT recorded 23 assists to Wheaton's 9, as Bradley Jomard dished out 13 assists on his own on top of 7 points and 2 steals. 
  • The Engineers exited the court at halftime with a narrow, 4-point lead. The Lyons started the game having to play catch-up, as MIT scored the first 8 points of the contest, but slowly chipped away at the deficit. Carbonello's made free throws in the 18th minute set the stage for Tetreault to hit the three that would give Wheaton their first lead, 30-29. 
  • Another Tetreault three gave the Lyons a 2-point lead with just over a minute to go, but back-to-back Alex Cho trifectas lifted MIT to 39-33.
  • The Engineers built up to a 5-point lead quickly into the 2nd half, but two Carbonello jumpers and a free throw put Wheaton back on top, 53-52 with 10 minutes left in the game. 
  • It took just 1:36 for MIT to grab their lead back, using an 8-0 run to go up 60-53. A 12-0 run shortly thereafter would put MIT up by 18 and serve as the Lyons' nail in the coffin, ending the contest at 84-69. 

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 25-48 / MIT 30-60
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 8-14 / MIT 14-31
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 11-14 / MIT 10-13
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 21 / MIT 15
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 27 / MIT 30
  • Assists: Wheaton 9 / MIT 23

UP NEXT: Wheaton men's basketball faces Babson College for the first time this season on  Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. VIDEO / LIVE STATS