KEENE, N.H. - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was plus-14 in the turnover category and outscored the Keene State College men's basketball team 26-2 off miscues while rolling to a 75-57 win over the Owls Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 1-5
- MIT: 4-3
How It Happened
James Anozie had another double-double for Keene State, his second straight, as he finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 10 rebounds. Jeff Hunter added 10 points and nine rebounds to just miss a double-double of his own, while Marcus McCarthy had 12 points for KSC, who committed a season-high 22 turnovers and lost their fourth straight, all at home. Ian Hinkley made 6-of-10 from long range and led MIT with 26 points, and Alex Cho finished with 20 after getting to the free throw line a whopping 19 times, making 18. The Engineers shot just 35.5% and were outrebounded 45-33, but had just eight turnovers and led for the final 26:21 of the game.
Neither team could find any offense in the first half, as they combined to make 20 of 67 shots (29.9%), but Keene State did open the game by scoring eight of the first 11 points to take an 8-3 lead five minutes in. A short time later, layups on back-to-back possessions from Anozie and Hunter gave KSC a 12-5 lead at the 11:30 mark, but the Owls scored just 11 points over the remainder of the half and were outscored by 17. The Engineers rallied from the seven-point hole to tie the game at 12 on Ian Hinkley's three with 9:38 to go, only to see KSC restore a 19-14 edge on a layup by McCarthy about two minutes later. The lead did not last long, as treys from Matas Masys and Hinkley put MIT in front 20-19, and it remained all Engineers over the final six minutes of the period, as another triple by Hinkley and a layup by Christien Williams made it 29-21 with 1:26 to go. MIT scored the final four points to take a 33-23 lead into the locker room. KSC trailed at the half in all four of the games on this homestand by an average of 8.5 points.
The Owls roared out of the gates early in the second half, as they rattled off nine points in the first 2:02 and chopped the 10-point deficit to one possession (35-32) after layups by Nyzair Rountree and Anozie sandwiched a three by Nick Redden. KSC had chances to get even closer, but two turnovers and a missed layup prevented that. It was still a 39-36 game after Anozie's layup with 13:49 left on the clock, but the Owls continued to fall back down the hill, as MIT scored eight straight points in just over a minute and took a 47-36 advantage after Ian Hinkley buried a three to finish a run of six straight points himself. Keene State once again got back within three after an 8-0 run of their own that made it 47-44 with just over nine minutes to go and had the ball with a chance to tie, but a three was missed and then Hinkley drained another to make it a six-point game. Trailing 57-48 with just under six minutes left, the Owls got an old-fashioned three-point play from Rountree to get within five (57-52), but MIT scored the next six and led 63-52 with 3:49 to go. Keene State never threatened again, as they scored just five points over the remainder of the game and were outscored 10-5. The Owls made 11-of-20 shots (55%) in the final 20 minutes and MIT just 39% (11-of-28), but KSC turned the ball over 12 times (MIT just four) and gave up 12 points off those miscues.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State has made 21 of their past 72 (29%) three-point attempts over the last five games after making 18-of-42 (43%) in the season's first two games.
- MIT has won the last two head-to-head meetings in Keene after the Owls won in Cambridge two years ago.
- This is just the sixth losing streak of four or more games since Keene State joined Division III in the 1997-98 season and the first since 2013-14, when it happened twice (as it also did in 2008-09). The Owls have never lost more than five in a row in the D-III era.
- Keene State kicks off their Little East Conference slate at Castleton University (1-4) on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.
- MIT hosts Salem State University on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 pm.