Men's Basketball Drops Series to No. 7 MIT with 88-63 Loss

Men's Basketball Drops Series to No. 7 MIT with 88-63 Loss
SCORE: Wheaton 63 - #7 MIT 88
 
RECORDS: Wheaton (11-9, 2-8 NEWMAC) - #7 MIT 19-2, 9-1 NEWMAC)
 
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
 
THE RUNDOWN:  
  • The Wheaton College men's basketball team had its handful Saturday afternoon as the Lyons hosted the Engineers of MIT, who are the seventh best team in the country, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rematch in Emerson Gymnasium. The Engineers swept the two-game series with an 88-63 victory. MIT defeated Wheaton earlier in the season 84-69. 
  • Senior David Carbonello paced Wheaton with 18 points on a 5-for-13 night from the floor and an 8-for-8 performance from the free-throw line. The senior guard also dished out five assists while coming up with three steals. Niles CohenDuaka Ekwensi, and Robby Lowey all finished with nine points. 
  • Ian Hinkley led all players with 31 points for the Engineers after finishing 11-for-17 from the floor, which included hitting 9-of-15 from three-point range. Bradley Jomard ended the contest with 16 points, while Tim Roberts chipped in 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. AJ Jerko dished out a game-high 14 assists in the win. 
  • Carbonello handed Wheaton its only lead of the contest at the 17:57 mark after hitting laying in back-to-back buckets. Jomard responded seconds later for the Engineers, taking the lead back for good with a three. Despite trailing, the Lyons kept things close in the first half, frustrating the Engineers on several occasions. Cohen cut the Lyons deficit to five, 20-15, with a long distance three with 12:09 on the clock. After that, the two sides went on a two-minute scoring drought, which wasn't broken until a Roberts jumper with 10:09 remaining until intermission. The Roberts basket sparked something in the Engineers, who found a rhythm from long distance, hitting five straight three-pointers to make it a 37-22 contest. The two sides both managed to score just nine points each the rest of the half with MIT taking a 46-31 lead into halftime. 
  • MIT used the second-half to put the game out of reach of the Lyons. The Engineers took their largest lead of the game with 7:19 to go on an Alex Cho three that made it an 81-46 contest. Wheaton only allowed MIT seven points the rest of the way, but would not be able to get back within striking distance, falling 88-63. 

THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 21-50 / MIT 33-57
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 8-19 / MIT 17-37
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 13-18 / MIT 5-7
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 15 / MIT 16
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 23 / MIT 34
  • Assists: Wheaton 8 / MIT 26

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to the road Wednesday, Feb. 6 for a 7 p.m. NEWMAC contest at Springfield. VIDEO / LIVE STATS