#15 MIT Rallies from 15 Down to Beat Bears

Micah Baldez
Micah Baldez

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cameron Korb had 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as MIT, ranked 15th nationally, rallied from a 15 point halftime deficit to beat Coast Guard 74-65 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Korb, who had just four points in the first half, was 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the second half to lead the Engineers come-from-behind win spoiling the Bears upset of the nationally ranked Engineers. MIT would make 9 of 14 from downtown in the second half.

Coast Guard led 37-22 at halftime as the Bears shot 50 percent (16-32) and made all three attempts from behind the arc while MIT shot just 23.3 percent (7-30) in the first 20 minutes, hitting just 2 of 13 from 3-point range in  first half.

MIT (12-1, 2-0) would shot 63.3 percent in the second half (19-30) outscoring the Bears 52-28.

Senior Micah Baldez had 13 for his team-high 20 points in the first half while his brother Noah Baldez finished with 15 points and led the team with seven rebounds. Micah had six rebounds and a team-high six assists to lead the Bears.
 
Sophomore Justin Kane was also in double figures as he finished with 10 points for Coast Guard.

Coast Guard (8-3, 0-2) scored the first nine points of the game. MIT would score the next seven cutting the deficit to just two, 9-7 with 15:23 left.

The Engineers would take their only lead of the first half 15-14 on a pair of free throws by Bradley Jomard with 10:18 left.

Coast Guard would hold MIT to just two baskets in the final 11:09 of  the first half. The Bears would outscore MIT 18-5 over the final seven minutes for a 37-22 lead at the half.

Coast Guard maintained its double figure lead as the Bears held a 47-34 lead with 12:52 left before the Engineers scored 11 straight to make the score 47-45 with 10:19 left.

The Bears led 52-48 following a pair of free throws by Kane with 9:12 left before MIT would score nine straight capped on back-to-back 3-pointers by Korb for a 57-52 lead with 6:29 remaining.

Korb would drop another dagger with 3:47 left to push the MIT lead to 65-58 and Hamilton Forsythe would seal the game with on a trifecta with 1:27 left making the score 70-61.

Coast Guard shot 45.3 percent (24-53) and made 7 of 11 from 3-point range in the loss. MIT dominated the boards in the second half 19-8 with Coast Guard grabbing just one offensive rebound in the second half.

It doesn't get any easier for the Bears as they are back in action on Wednesday at defending national champion Babson in a NEWMAC game at 7:00.