Engineers Makes Early Lead Stand

Adrian Chuquillangui
Adrian Chuquillangui

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Adrian Chuquillangui tied a career high with 17 points but Coast Guard fell to MIT 73-63 on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

With the loss the Bears fall to 6-14 overall and 2-8 in conference play. The Engineers improve to 16-5 on the season and 8-2 in the NEWMAC.

Chuquillangui tied his career high by shooting 4-7 from three and 5-10 overall. He added two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Freshman Patrick Witkowski matched Chuquillangui with 17 points of his own with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Senior Tim Butala and sophomore Bradley Jomard paced the Engineers with 17 points each, while sophomore AJ Jurko added 10 points and a game-high seven assists.

MIT opened the game on a 9-2 run over the first six minutes after a pair of free throws from sophomore Cameron Korb. The Engineers pushed the lead into double figures with 5:02 left in the half as sophomore Nacho Nwana knocked down a three to make it a 23-11 margin.

The lead grew to as many as 16 at 29-13 on a free throw from Butala before the Engineers took a 31-19 advantage into the halftime break.
 
In the first period, sophomore Jomard paced the hosts with 11 points as he knocked 3-of-4 three-point opportunities. Defensively, the Engineers held Coast Guard to just 25 percent shooting from the field in the half while shooting 42.3 percent overall themselves.
 
Coast Guard cut the lead into single digits quickly in the second half, including at 39-31 after a corner three from Chuquillangui. MIT countered with an 8-0 run over just 1:36 though, capped by a Jomard three that forced a Bears timeout with 13:02 remaining. The run ended at 10-0 as the Bears made it a 49-33 game with 12 minutes left.

The teams continued to trade runs, including a three-point play off an inbounds play by senior Devon Zych that cut the lead to 56-49 with 6:13 left. 

The Engineers went on a quick 9-2 run of their own with a trio of three-pointers to lead by as many as 14 before an answer by the Bears. Coast Guard got to within two possessions at 69-63 after a three from Witkowski with 1:02 remaining before the hosts secured the 10-point win.

The Bears were 38.5% (20-52) from the floor and made 12-28 (42.9%) from three. Coast Guard held a slim advantage in bench points 28-22.

MIT made 26-54 (48.1%) overall and were 41.4% (12-29) from beyond the arc. The Engineers saw their 10 point advantage in the paint as they outscored the Bears 24-14.

Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, February 8 when they travel to Boston to take on the Emerson Lions. Opening tip is 5:30.

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