CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – All five of MIT's starters generated double-digits in the points column to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball squad, 88-68, in non-conference action at the Rockwell Cage on Monday evening.
Score: MIT 88, UMass Dartmouth 68
Records: MIT (10-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) | UMass Dartmouth (6-3, 1-1 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth received a team-high 14 points from junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria), followed closely by senior Joshua Imadiyi's (Lynn, Mass.) 13 points to go along with a team-high eight boards. Sophomore Cody Borges (Dartmouth, Mass.) rounded up the Corsairs in double-figures with 12 points.
MIT's five starters were led by Bradley Jomard's (Paris, France) 26 points, with Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) chipping in 19. The game's only double-double was achieved by Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.), who tallied 10 points and 10 boards.
The hosts jumped out to a 15-2 lead early on in contest, with four of their starting five each contributing buckets immediately after the opening whistle. Halfway through the first stanza, a pair of Corsair 3-pointers by freshman Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and Borges bookended a layup by Jomard to bring the visitors closer, 21-16.
UMass Dartmouth ultimately overcame the deficit with less than a minute to play when sophomore Brandon Williams Jr.'s (Dorchester, Mass.) feed to freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) resulted in a 3-pointer to give the Corsairs a two-point advantage. The lead was short-lived, though, as Roberts squeaked in a layup to beat the halftime buzzer to tie things up at 35.
With 10:31 remaining in the affair, the Engineers went on a 7-0 run capped off by a long-distance jumper by junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.). The Corsairs narrowed the margin to nine, 65-56, but the hosts went on another run – this time draining 10 unanswered – to put MIT up by 19 and ultimately shut the door.
Inside the Numbers
- The usually sharp Corsairs struggled from the field, shooting just 42 percent (28-of-66) for the game, and were ultimately outmatched by MIT's 56 percent (31-of-55).
- MIT forced UMass Dartmouth to a season-low 30 rebounds while snagging 38.
- UMass Dartmouth forward Imadiyi recorded his fourth multi-block game of the year.
- Borges' five made field-goals ties his season-high, which he achieved on Dec. 2 at Plymouth State (93-63 win) and Dec. 7 vs. Roger Williams (88-79 win).
- The Engineers notched their first victory in the all-time head-to-head matchup with the Corsairs, as UMass Dartmouth now holds a 3-1 record against MIT.
UMass Dartmouth breaks for the holiday and will return to action in the Tampa Bay Shootout on Friday, Dec. 29 against Heidelberg at 7 p.m.