MIT nips men’s hoop in NCAA tourney
MAHWAH, N.J. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team lost to MIT, 79-76, on this past Friday in an NCAA Division III Sectional hosted by Ramapo College.
The Panthers, winners of an NCAA Regional the weekend before, ended their season at 21-7. MIT (25-6) fell on Saturday, 68-66, to Ramapo.
The Panthers led, 67-62, with 7:15 to go, but made only three of 15 shots the rest of the way. One of the shots was a three by Jack Farrell that made it 70-70 with 5:29 left. MIT scored the next five points, but two Jack Daly layups made it 75-74 with 54 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, a steal by Farrell gave the Panthers the ball. A floater in the lane by Daly fell off the rim with 11 ticks remaining, and Middlebury was forced to foul.
A.J. Jurko knocked down two from the line for a 77-74 MIT lead. Daly raced the ball up the floor, but the Engineers chose to foul him rather than allow a potential tying three-pointer.
Daly made both free throws for a 77-76 score. The Panthers then fouled Cameron Korb, whose two free throws made it 79-76. Daly was fouled with 8.1 seconds remaining, but missed the front end of the one-and-one. Matt Folger rebounded and dribbled behind the line, but his desperation three-pointer bounced off the rim at the horn.
Daly, a senior, led Middlebury with 21 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five assists. Farrell finished with 15 points, including 12 in the first half, to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Majors, also a senior, had nine points on four-for-four shooting from the floor, while Folger scored nine points to go along seven rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots.
Nick Tarantino, the team’s third senior, contributed eight points and seven boards, and Eric McCord chipped in with eight points. The Panthers pulled down 39 rebounds in the contest, setting a single-season record with 1,329, surpassing the total of 1,294 set last season.
For MIT Hamilton Forsythe scored 23 points, including four threes, while Tim Roberts had a double-double of 13 points and game-best 17 rebounds, including key offensive boards down the stretch. Jurko tacked on 18 points and five rebounds.
The Panthers shot 44.1 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent (six for 16) from three-point range. The Engineers made 40.9 percent of their shots, including 11 of 27 from behind the arc.
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