Chris Mendes' Buzzer-Beater Lifts Men's Basketball over Visiting MIT, 72-70

Chris Mendes' Buzzer-Beater Lifts Men's Basketball over Visiting MIT, 72-70

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Down one with three seconds remaining in regulation, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Chris Mendes (Somerset, Mass.) took the in-bound just past half-court and stepped up to stroke a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, lifting the Corsairs over visiting MIT 72-70 on Tuesday evening.

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 72, MIT 70
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-3) | MIT (7-3) 

How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth maintained a slim advantage throughout most of the contest, leading by as much as 10 points on several occasions, but the Engineers continued to pound away in the closing minutes. With the hosts up eight with five minutes remaining, MIT turned up the pressure. A pair of foul shots from Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) whittled the Engineer deficit to just three before the Corsairs registered three of the next four buckets to go up 69-62 with 1:45 left.

MIT's Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) buried a 3-pointer at 1:20, forcing a Corsair timeout, and Roberts followed with a layup out of the break to cut the advantage to just one possession. After trading timeouts, the Engineers found Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) with five seconds left for another beyond-the-arc bucket, giving MIT its first lead since the first half at 70-69. On the ensuing inbound, Mendes received the in-bound pass and charged through the Engineer defense. He pulled up for the try over his defender just outside the arc with one tick left, finding the net cleanly to steal back the win.

Inside the Numbers

  •  The Corsairs registered their highest field goal percentage since Nov. 19, connecting for 30-of-62 (48.4 percent) from the field including a 51.9 percent performance in the second half.
  • Sophomore Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.) went 9-of-14 from the field for his sixth-straight double-figure outing, leading the Corsairs with 19 points and nine rebounds.
  •  Korb led MIT with 19 points, including 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while Butala contributed 18. Roberts notched a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 boards.
  •  Mendes dished out seven assists for the fourth time this season, totaling 10 points and making both of his tries from 3-point range.
  • Senior Jon Robinson (Chatham, Mass.) and junior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) both shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the floor, with Robinson finishing with 15 points and Imadiyi 10.
  • The Engineers received half of their points from their bench on the contest, but UMass Dartmouth outdid the visitors 44-30 on points in the paint.
  • Since joining the NCAA in 1972, UMass Dartmouth is 3-0 against MIT, with the previous victories coming in 1980 and 2003.

Up Next

Both squads will break for the holidays, with the Corsairs returning to the court against Connecticut College at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the Springfield College Tournament. MIT will travel next to Clark on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.