Big Second Half Leads MIT Past Bears

Ethan Boose
Ethan Boose

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Justin Pedley led all scorers with 21 points, Bradley Jomard had a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds and MIT used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take control of the game in beating Coast Guard 70-52 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Pedley and Jomard each had 14 points in the second half as MIT  turned a three-point halftime lead into a 17 point lead in the first five minutes of the second half using a 12-0 run. MIT shot just 29.7 percent in the first half (11-37), but shot 50 percent from the field in the second half making 15 of 30.

The Engineers improve to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard drops to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play. MIT has won nine straight against the Bears.

Sophomore Ethan Boose had his third  double-double of the season as he had team highs with 15 points and a career-high tying ten rebounds to lead the Bears while senior Kevin Alvarez had nine points and sophomore Darius Adams eight points for Coast Guard. Alvarez and Adams each added seven rebounds for the Bears.

The Bears shot just 27.7 percent from the floor (18 of 65) making  3 for 18 from behind the arc and Coast Guard was hurt by 17 turnovers.

MIT was 26 of 67 from the field (38.8 percent) and made 6 of 21 from 3-point range in the win.

Junior Devon Zych's basket with 4:58 left in the first half gave the Bears a 16-14 lead before the Engineers used a 9-0 run to take a 23-16 lead with 2:38 left in the opening half.

Coast Guard would use a 6-2 run to end the half trailing 25-22 at the break.

Early in the second half, MIT would take control of the game by scoring 12 straight to open up a 44-27 lead with 15:03 to go in the game.

The Bears would get as close as 13 at 50-37 on a basket by Boose with 10:12 left.

MIT led 61-42 with 6:52 left before Coast Guard scored five straight making the score 61-47 with 4:05 to go, but MIT would answer with seven straight of its own to take its largest lead of the game 68-47 with just 1:40 left.

Coast Guard, which has played six straight games away from home, is back in action on Saturday when they host Clark at 1:00 in the first NEWMAC home game of the season.

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