No. 7 MIT Pulls Away from Men’s Hoops, 88-77

No. 7 MIT Pulls Away from Men’s Hoops, 88-77

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) poured in 38 points and seventh-ranked MIT shot 68 percent in the second half on its way to defeating Babson College, 88-77, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which has dropped four straight games, slips to 12-8 overall and 5-4 in league play, while MIT improves to 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the NEWMAC with its sixth consecutive victory.

Junior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while classmate Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.) and sophomore Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) both added 11 points for the Beavers. Senior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) added eight points and a team-high five rebounds, first-year James Welch (Needham, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, all in the second half, and junior Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) dished out four assists.

Jomard, who scored 29 points in the second half, finished 14-of-21 from the floor and 8-of-10 at the free throw line to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Engineers. Senior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) added 17 points, six boards and six assists, while sophomore Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) scored eight of his 10 points in the first half.

The opening period featured four ties and nine lead changes with neither team leading by more than four. MIT made its first six shots to build a 15-11 edge less than five minutes into the contest before the Green and White countered with a quick 8-4 burst to go back in front 19-17 on a triple by Alexis. The Engineers took a three-point advantage four times over the final 7:25 of the stanza, but a three-point play by Oftring and a layup before the buzzer helped the Beavers pull even at 36-36 at the half.

Jaworski and sophomore Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) both made a pair of three-pointers over the first 7:32 of the second half to keep the game deadlocked at 52-52. After scoring 12 of MIT's first 16 points after the break, Jomard exploded for 13 more points during a 15-2 run that pushed the Engineers' advantage to 67-54 with 6:32 to play.

He scored on three straight possessions to make it 59-54 and then followed up two free throws with a driving layup and a dunk off a feed from Jurko. Alexis momentarily stopped the run with a pair of free throws, but Jurko hit a pull up jumper and sliced through the lane for another bucket to give MIT a 71-56 lead, its biggest of the game, with 4:43 remaining.

Babson made one last run, cutting its deficit to seven with back-to-back three-pointers from Welch and Johnson and a layup by Jaworski, but the Engineers scored on three of their next four possessions, including a triple from senior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) to make it 79-68 with 1:38 left.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as the Beavers travel to Clark at 1 p.m., while MIT visits Wheaton at 3 p.m.

• Babson is 55-25 all-time against the Engineers but has dropped three straight meetings going back to last February.
• The Beavers four-game losing streak is their first since January of 2013, and Wednesday's setback also marked the first time the Green and White has dropped consecutive games at home since February of 2013.
• Over the last four games, Oftring is averaging 18.3 points on 60 percent shooting.
• After starting 2-of-10 from three-point range in the first half, Babson went 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from long distance over the final 20 minutes.