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- Records: No. 19 MIT (24-5); No. 12 Johns Hopkins (24-5)
- Score: No. 19 MIT 62, No. 12 Johns Hopkins 54
- Location: Baltimore, Md. (Goldfarb Gym)
- The Lead: In a game that saw the lead go back and forth throughout, the No. 19 ranked MIT men's basketball team used a late 9-1 run to come away with a 62-54 win over No. 12 Johns Hopkins to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. This is just the second Sweet 16 appearance in program history and the first time since the 2011-12 season that saw MIT end up in the Final Four. This is the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since 1984-85 as MIT now holds a 3-1 advantage over the Blue Jays.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The teams traded the lead back and forth 10 times over the opening nine minutes of play before a three from the corner by freshman Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) put the Engineers up 16-14 at the 10:34 mark. That led to an eventual 14-4 MIT run that was sparked by six points from AJ Jurko (Weston, Fla.) and it was the Engineers holding a 27-18 lead with 5:04 left.
- That was the final basket of the half for the Engineers though as the Blue Jays ended the period on an 11-0 spurt that was capped by a Michael Gardner layup with two seconds left for the 29-27 halftime margin. Jesse Flannery sparked the run with a three from the left wing, along with a corner three from Joey Kern.
- MIT shot 36 percent from the field in the opening period, while the Blue Jays connected at a 43.5 percent clip overall.
- In the second half, the lead was never more than four until the final moments as the lead changed hands 21 times in the game overall. Freshman Hamilton Forsythe (Weston, Conn.) accounted for one of those lead changes with 9:25 left as he drilled two free throws in front of standing room Hopkins crowd.
- The Engineers pushed the lead to four for the second time with 2:49 on the clock as Hinkley drilled a three from in front of the Engineers bench. The Blue Jays countered with four quick points by Kyle Doran to tie the game for the final time at 53-53 as MIT called timeout with 1:39 remaining.
- Jurko nailed a jumper at the 1:18 mark to put MIT back in front, followed by a reverse layup from junior Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) to push it to four. After a timeout with 33.8 seconds remaining, the Engineers hit five free throws over the remainder of the game to seal the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jurko finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six assists, four steals and 10-for-12 shooting from the free throw line. Roberts posted his second straight double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as he was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.
- MIT forced 10 Blue Jay turnovers and held a slight 24-20 advantage in scoring in the paint. The Engineers also shot a blistering 58.8 percent from the field in the second half while stifling the JHU offense as the hosts shot only 25.9 percent in the final 20 minutes. Gardner was the lone Blue Jay in double figures as he finished with 13 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. The Blue Jays sit at No. 12 in the most recent poll, moving up four spots from the last poll.
- MIT is back in action next weekend for the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Engineers take on Middlebury College. The site of the third and fourth round games will be announced next week.