Cambridge, Mass.--Junior guard Keyshaun Jacobs (Lynn, MA) scored 22 points as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team defeated MIT, 80-60, at the DuPont Athletic Center on Monday evening.
Rhode Island College 80, MIT 60
Rhode Island College (9-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• After the first media timeout at the 15:43 mark, the Anchormen held an 8-5 lead over the Engineers. Junior forward Tim Deng (Portland, ME) scored six of the team's eight points.
• Stout defense by the Anchormen caused 14 turnovers in the first half. The offense was not able to drain shots at an efficient rate, resulting in a low-scoring half and a, 23-23 tie going into the break.
• Deng led all scorers at the half with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
• The Engineers made a quick three-point shot to start the half, but a jumper from senior guard Jonatan Batista (Providence, RI) and a trey from Jacobs regained the lead for the Anchormen.
• A three-ball from Jacobs gave RIC a 33-31 lead with 15:58 remaining in the game. The Anchormen went on a 16-6 run over the next six minutes to build a 12-point lead, 49-37.
• The run was all RIC needed to run away from the Engineers and secure the victory. Over the final 10:04 of the game, RIC outscored MIT, 18-13, and closed out the Engineers.
• Deng finished with a game-high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds, one block and one steal.
• Jacobs scored all of his points in the second half. Senior forward Ben Vezele (Providence, RI) finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Freshman guard Shion Darby (Peekskill, NY) finished with eight points, eight assists and four rebounds.
• Junior guard Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, NC) led MIT with 17 points and seven rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
• RIC shot 40 percent (32-for-81) from the field, 26 percent (8-for-31) from beyond the three-point arc and 89 percent (8-for-9) from the foul line.
• MIT shot 38 percent (21-for-56) from the field, 25 percent (4-for-16) from three-point range and 68 percent (14-for-21) from the line.
• RIC grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and assisted on 17 baskets.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales on Wednesday, Dec. 18 (7:30 p.m.).