Springfield, Mass. - February 1, 2017 - The Springfield College men's basketball team was defeated by visiting MIT, 73-62, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play Wednesday night in Blake Arena.
The victory boosts MIT's record to 15-5, 7-2 in conference play, while the Pride evened its record to 10-10, 4-5 in the NEWMAC.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) netted a team-best 19 points to go along with six boards and three steals for the Pride, while Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Anthony Reynolds (Springfield, Mass.) provided a great spark off the bench, delivering 10 points and seven rebounds. Springfield shot 22-for-55 (40%) for the game, but was just 2-for-15 from downtown.
MIT was paced by the standout play of Bradley Jomard, who registered 27 points, four assists, and four rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Tim Butala recorded 12 points and seven boards for the Engineers, who turned 13 Springfield turnovers into 22 points, and finished the game shooting 26-for-54 (48%).
Springfield put together a 10-0 surge that was capped off by a Stanley Davis (Boston, Mass.) finish in traffic, which put the hosts ahead 15-8 with 14:10 on the clock. The visitors answered back with an 11-2 push, getting a jumper in the paint from Jomard to force the Pride into a timeout, trailing 19-17, with 9:59 left in the first. After the Engineers lead grew to 23-19, Ross cashed in a pair from the line to give the Pride back a 25-24 lead at the 5:14 mark. MIT responded with an 11-4 burst as Jomard's fourth trifecta of the half allowed the Engineers to gain a six-point cushion with 2:41 remaining. The Pride would get as close as 35-33 on another Post jumper, only to have the visitors net the final five points of the half to head into the break with a 40-33 cushion. MIT shot a remarkable 58% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, with Jomard delivering 18 points.
MIT's lead ballooned to 11 under two minutes in the stanza, but the Pride would slowly chip away, getting within six twice, the last coming on a Reynolds putback with 13:18 left in regulation. However, the Engineers methodically gained control of the game, putting together a 12-5 run over the next seven minutes for a 60-47 cushion following a pair from the charity stripe by AJ Jurko. Post knocked down a pair to make it a seven-point game with under four on the clock, but the Engineers would convert on 7-of-8 from the line to ice the 11-point win.
Springfield will wrap up its four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Wheaton at 3 pm.