Men's Basketball Edged at Neighboring Foe MIT 66-65

Dylan Thoerner CAMBRIDGE - A long, last-second three-pointer by Brennan Morris that would have sent the game to overtime was short and the Tufts University men's basketball team dropped a 66-65 decision at MIT on Tuesday night.

In a close contest throughout, an earlier three by Morris from the right arch had pulled Tufts within 65-63 with 19 seconds remaining in regulation. The Jumbos fouled and MIT made just one of two at the other end, giving Tufts the ball down three with 13 seconds left. MIT fouled and the Jumbos missed both, but the rebound went out of bounds in their favor leaving nine seconds on the clock. After the inbound, Morris' shot from 25-feet out straight on glanced off the front rim. Jumbo Jay Dieterle scored on the rebound as time expired.

Morris and Dieterle led the Jumbos with 13 points apiece. Dylan Thoerner (pictured) scored 11 and freshman Bobby Stewart pulled down 12 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. Alex Cho scored a game-high 17 points to go with four assists for MIT, while Charles Rich added 13 points.

Giannis Chatziverglou, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the hosts, had 10 points in the first half as the Engineers took a slim 30-28 lead into the locker room.

MIT built the margin to nine a few times in the opening part of the second half, including 44-35. However, an 11-0 run by the Jumbos featuring a three-point play by Theo Henry, a three-pointer by Dieterle and a jumper and three by Tyler Aronson gave Tufts a 51-48 lead lead with 8:29 remaining in the second half.

The teams went back and forth over the next several minutes. A three-pointer by Charles and then a scoop shot by Cho put MIT up 61-55 with 2:15 on the clock. However, Dieterle hit a huge three for Tufts as the clock dipped under two minutes pulling the Jumbos within 61-58. A pair of free throws by Rich and a lay-up by Chatziverglou helped the Engineers keep a five-point lead. At 65-60, Brennan made his three for Tufts leading to the close conclusion during the final 20 seconds.

Tufts will play in the Black Coaches Classic hosted by UMass Boston on Saturday.