-Score: MIT 87, Clark University 66
-Records: Clark (5-13, NEWMAC 1-6), MIT (16-2, NEWMAC 6-1)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball suffered a setback to the Engineers of MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday evening. The game saw a total of seven ties and five lead changes before the Engineers were able to pull away with the 87-66 final victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Engineers led by as many as seven points in the first half before Clark was able to pull ahead 24-22 when first year Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) drained a three-pointer at the 7:51 mark. The first half saw five more ties and three more lead changes before MIT was able to take a 41-35 advantage heading into the halftime break.
-Senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) led the Engineers with 13 points over the first 20 minutes. Sophomore Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) led the Cougars in the first half with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting and two made free-throws.
-MIT started the second half taking a 10-point lead when senior Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) started things off with a basket from behind the arc and senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) hit a pair of free-throws ad a jump shot with just under 19 minutes on the clock (48-38). They Cougars came back within seven when first year Alex Nazaire Ellicott City, Md.) and senior Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) put up back-to-back baskets at the 14:53 mark (54-47). That's as close as the hosts would come as MIT used 17 second half points from Jurko and 10 second half points from Jomard to clinch the 87-66 final victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Gayman led the Cougars with 20 points while Lapeyrolerie put up 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Kittredge rounded out double-digit scoring for Clark with 10 points.
-Jurko led all players with 24 points while Jomard followed his lead with 23 points. Senior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) put up a double-double with 10 points and a game-leading 12 rebounds. Senior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) rounded out double-digit scoring for MIT with 11 points including his 1,000th career point.
-MIT shot 52.5% from the field while Clark shot 43.6%. Clark shot 73.7% from the free-throw line (14-for-19) while MIT shot 71.4% from the charity stripe (15-for-21).
-Clark edged MIT in rebounding 34-32.
-MIT forced 14 Clark turnovers and turned them into 11 points. Clark forced MIT to turn the ball over nine times and converted them into 12 points of their own.
-Clark travels to Springfield on Saturday, January 26th for a NEWMAC matchup at 3:00 p.m.
-MIT hosts Emerson on the same day in conference action at 2:00 p.m.