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- Records: No. 19 MIT (23-5); Brockport (19-8)
- Score: No. 19 MIT 81, Brockport 67
- Location: Baltimore, Md. (Goldfarb Gym)
- The Lead: Led by four players in double figures and clutch shooting from three, the No. 19 ranked MIT men's basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with an 81-67 win over Brockport on Friday night at Johns Hopkins. This marks the eighth NCAA Tournament for the Engineers under 23rd-year head coach Larry Anderson and the fourth time MIT has advanced to the second round.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Golden Eagles took an early 5-3 lead after five quick points from Hamed Shamseldin before the Engineers answered with a 14-0 run over 4:07 to seize control at 17-5. Junior AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) had six points in the run, including a four-point play with 11:44 on the clock. MIT stretched the lead out to 24-8 on an Aiden Einloth (Grayslake, Ill.) layup and eventually took a 33-21 advantage into the halftime break.
- MIT outscored Brockport 15-0 from three in the first period and shot 52.2 percent from the field, while the teams combined for 17 turnovers over the opening 20 minutes.
- The Engineers extended the lead out to 20 points for the first time at 50-30 on a three from Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) and maintained control throughout the remainder of the game. For Brockport, Shamseldin was outstanding as he kept the Golden Eagles offense moving in the second half. MIT continued to lead by a comfortable margin however, stretching the advantage out to as many as 21 at 67-46 after a Jurko layup with 6:29 left.
- The Engineers led 79-60 with 1:17 on the clock following a free throw from Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) before the Golden Eagles ended the game on a 7-2 spurt to account for the 14-point final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jurko finished with a team-high 21 points and seven assists, while junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) posted a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double in 34 minutes. Junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) drilled four three-pointers and finished with 17, along with 10 from Pierce off the bench.
- As a team, MIT shot 49.0 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three and hit 20 free throws. Brockport owned a 40-28 advantage in the paint, while the Engineers outrebounded the Golden Eagles by a slight 38-34 margin. MIT also finished 16 assists for the game on 25 made field goals.
- Shamseldin led all scorers for Brockport with a 38-point effort on 13-for-22 shooting from the field and 12-for-14 at the line while he also had eight rebounds. Justin Summers was the only other Golden Eagle in double figures as he had 15 points and seven rebounds.
- The Engineers moved up six spots to No. 19 in the most recent D3Hoops.com Division III National Poll after capturing the NEWMAC Championship last weekend.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 3rd as the Engineers take on the winner of the Johns Hopkins/La Roche game at 8 p.m. in Goldfarb Gym.