KEENE, N.H. - No. 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology shot over 60% in each half and made 12-of-21 threes while posting a wire-to-wire 96-76 victory over the Keene State College men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-2
- No. 5 MIT: 3-1
How It Happened
Ty Nichols once again led the Owls, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, six assists, four rebounds, four steals and three blocks. James Anozie made 8-of-9 shots from the floor while scoring a season-high 22 points. Jordan Haywood had seven points, three rebounds and two steals. MIT got 26 points and nine rebounds from Tim Roberts, and 21 points and 4-of-7 three-point shooting from AJ Jurko, two of the four double-figure scorers.
The Engineers came out firing and never slowed down, as they got two threes from Jurko and one from Cameron Korb to lead 9-2 just 1:17 into the game. Jurko made another from distance, which was followed a short time later by Ian Hinkley, who made MIT's fifth three in the opening four minutes, for a 17-6 lead. The Engineers added four more points in a row after that before Nichols answered with five of his own to make it a 21-11 game at the 14:52 mark. MIT capitalized on KSC miscues to extend their advantage, as Roberts got two baskets off run outs before Jurko made it 29-11 with just over 12 minutes left in the half. The Owls tried to hang around, using an 11-4 binge over the next four minutes to get within 11, but Jurko and Bradley Jomard scored inside to put the Engineers back up 39-24 with 6:51 to go. After falling behind by 20, KSC scored seven points in a row, capped by a Nichols three, to make it 44-31 late in the first half, but MIT fired back with two long distance shots of their own and took a 19-point lead to the locker room (50-31). The Owls made 12-of-21 shots in the opening half and MIT 19-of-30, but KSC was undone by 15 turnovers.
The visitors' shooting barrage did not relent in the second half, as Keene State had a hard time making any dent in the deficit. After falling behind by as many as 22 after Jurko's three to open the half, the Owls got consecutive jumpers from Nichols to make it a 62-48 game, and later a dunk from him made it 64-50 at the 11:47 mark. The Engineers had an answer every time. Hinkley scored inside and Dakota Pierce drained a three to put MIT back in front 69-50 with just under ten minutes to go. Keene State made a quick surge over the next two minutes, as Anozie scored inside and Haywood converted a three-point play to make it an eleven point game (69-58), but their momentum was halted on a bucket and free throw from Hinkley on the next possession. The Owls never got closer than 11 in the second half. Nichols' three with 3:52 on the clock made it 81-69, but, once again, Hinkley's triple provided an answer for the Engineers, who outscored KSC 15-7 over the final 3:39 to prevent any Owls comeback.
Inside the Paint
- Nichols has scored at least 22 points in all four games (averaging 29 per game), including 42 in his last outing at Albertus Magnus, and is shooting 44% from three (7-of-16) on the season.
- MIT's 62.1% shooting (36-of-58) is the highest of any opponent against KSC since then-No. 8 Williams shot 63.6% (35-of-55) at home against the Owls on December 7, 2011, and one of five 60% shooting performances against Keene State since 2010 (MIT, Babson, Williams, Brandeis, Western New England). The Owls made 28-of-52 (53.8%) of their shots in the contest.
- Keene State was outscored 36-12 from behind the three-point line.
- This was the second all-time meeting between the two programs, with each team winning on the road. KSC beat MIT 67-63 last November 25.
- Keene State opens Little East Conference play with a home game against UMass Boston on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm.
- MIT hosts Pine Manor College on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm.