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No. 12 MIT Outlasts Men's Basketball, 77-59

No. 12 MIT Outlasts Men's Basketball, 77-59

Cambridge, Mass. - January 16, 2019 - The Springfield College men's basketball team suffered a 77-59 setback to nationally-ranked MIT on Wednesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action inside Rockwell Cage.

MIT, ranked 12th in the latest National Poll, improved to 14-2, 4-1 in conference action, while the Pride slumped to 5-11, 2-3. 

The hosts were led by double-doubles from seniors Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) and Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) en route to the wire-to-wire win.  Jomard led the team with 24 points to go along with 10 assists, while Roberts finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 10-for-14 from the field.

For the Pride, Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) recorded a game-high 29 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Jake Jacobson (Branford, Conn.) also scored in double figures for Springfield with 11 points off the bench.  MIT held a 35-25 advantage on the boards, forced 20 Springfield turnovers and outscored the Pride, 38-16, in the paint.

 Led by a pair of early three-pointers, the Engineers took a 14-2 lead over the first 5:29 as the team came out with energy on both ends of the court. The Pride cut the lead down to just three at 25-22 following a three from Jacobson before MIT closed the half on a 23-6 run for the 48-28 lead at the break. MIT shot 54.3 percent from the field in the first half and turned Springfield over 13 times over the first 20 minutes.

In the second, MIT pushed the lead up to 23 at 55-32 with 16:57 on the clock before Springfield countered with an 11-2 run which was capped off by another Jacobson trifecta. Jomard nailed a three at the 8:01 mark for the 67-45 margin and led by at least 18 over the remainder of the contest. 

Springfield will next travel to Coast Guard on Saturday for a 1:00 pm game.