No. 9-Ranked MIT Defeats Men's Basketball, 89-70

Justin Forest
Justin Forest

Providence, R.I.—Sophomore guard Adham Floyd (Worcester, MA) compiled 21 points and seven rebounds as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team fell, 89-70, to No.9-ranked MIT at The Murray Center on Monday evening.

THE BASICS
MIT 89, Rhode Island College 70
MIT (9-1)
Rhode Island College (9-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) posted a double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, to go along with three assists, two blocks and a steal.

• Freshman guard Dayshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) pitched in with 13 points. Freshman guard Justin Forest (Queens, NY) finished with eight points off the bench.

• MIT was led by sophomore forward Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, NC) and senior guard AJ Jurko (Weston, FL), who each equaled Floyd's effort with a game-high 21 points. Jurko added nine assists, four steals and three rebounds.

• Senior forward Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, MA) finished with a double-double, contributing 19 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals 

• Senior guard Bradley Jomard (Paris, France) also had a strong performance with 18 points, nine assists and six boards.

• The score was tight for much of the first 7:30 of the contest and three Floyd free throws pulled RIC within a pair, 18-16, at the 12:26 mark.

• The visitors went on an 8-0 run to go up by 10, 26-16, over the next two minutes as Roberts and Hinkley each had three points.

• MIT led by as many as 13, 40-27, after a senior guard Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, CA) three-pointer with 5:29 left in the stanza as Tengbeh was forced to the bench with three fouls.

• A number of free throws by Jurko (who was 8-of-12) in the game allowed the Engineers to go into halftime up by 10, 47-37 

• MIT shot 62 percent (16-for-26) from the field in the first half, while 7-of-12 shooting from downtown kept RIC from falling too far behind.

• A dunk by Vezele with 18:03 left in the second half brought the Anchormen within seven, 49-42, but MIT quickly built the advantage back up. The Engineers led by as many as 23 in the second half, with RIC getting no closer than 13 points over the final 10 minutes.

BY THE NUMBERS
• MIT shot 57 percent (32-for-56) from the field, 35 percent (8-for-23) from three-point range and 71 percent (17-for-24) from the free throw line.

• Rhode Island College shot 37 percent (24-for-65) from the field, 50 percent (12-for-24) from the three-point line and 56 percent (10-for-18) from the charity stripe. 

• RIC outrebounded MIT, 39-31, and both teams combined for 35 (MIT: 15; RIC: 20) turnovers.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East play at Plymouth State on Saturday, Jan. 5 (3 p.m.).