Thursday, February 6, 2014

Clark Stuns MIT in Last-Second Thriller

Box Score

After a back and forth battle all afternoon, Clark University hit a fade-away baseline jumper with 2 seconds left on the clock to grab the 56-55 win over MIT on Saturday in Worcester.

MIT's defense again held an opponent to a lower 2-point percentage (34%) than 3-point percentage (40%), as the Cougars nailed eight treys in the game while MIT shot just 4-of-19 from three themselves. The Engineers, one of the top in the nation in rebounding margin, was also only +2 versus Clark, who crashed the glass hard for 14 offensive rebounds.

A bright spot for MIT was stellar play from 6'8" freshman Tim Butala, who showed multiple facets to his game - hitting threes, driving the lane, and posting up - en route to a team-high 16 points. 6'8" Junior Matt Redfield was dominant again with 14 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocks on the night, while Sophomore Ryan Frankel added 13 points and 9 assists at point.

MIT moves to 14-5 on the season, and 5-3 in NEWMAC for a three-way tie for 2nd place. MIT takes on Springfield College Thursday at 7pm in Springfield.