CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) scored the go-ahead hoop with 50 seconds left and senior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) scored nine of his game-high 33 points in overtime as No. 20 Babson College outlasted MIT, 90-85, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Rockwell Cage.
With its fifth straight win, Babson improves to 17-3 overall and 7-2 in conference play, while MIT slips to 10-10 overall and 3-6 in the NEWMAC with its second consecutive loss.
Coolahan went 10-of-16 from the floor and matched his career high with seven three-pointers in addition to recording three steals for the Beavers. Junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) matched his career high with 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting and sophomore Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with 23 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Engineers. Sophomore Giannis Chatziveroglou (Athens, Greece) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards, while first-year Tim Kostolansky (Walnut Creek, Calif.) came off the bench to score 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the loss.
Despite opening the game with a 15-0 run and leading by as many as 11 early in the second half, the Green and White trailed 66-60 following a Chatziveroglou bucket with 6:44 remaining in regulation. Bradanese followed a jumper by Jaworski with a hoop inside, and then scored two possessions later after Coolahan knocked down a triple to cut the Beavers' deficit to 70-69 with 3:49 left.
Coolahan and Jaworski each made two free throws and Ainge added another over the final 2:17 to help Babson force overtime tied at 74-74 following Bradanese's block on Chatziveroglou with 22 seconds to go in regulation. Coolahan and Jaworski scored the Beavers' first 10 points of the extra session to give them an 84-82 at the 1:43 mark. Chatziveroglou gave MIT its final lead of night going 2-of-2 at the charity stripe with 59 seconds left before Ainge's jumper put the Green and White in front on the ensuing possession.
Coolahan made two free throws by 14 seconds left to make it a three-point game, and the Engineers were unable to get up a potential game-tying shot after turning the ball over with 0:08 remaining.
All five starters scored as Babson scored the first 15 points of the contest and led 19-9 less than seven minutes in. MIT took its first lead at 26-22 following back-to-back triples by Hinkley with under eight minutes to go in the half before settling for a 32-31 advantage at the half. Jaworski scored the first seven points of a 12-0 spurt that gave the Beavers a 43-32 lead less than three minutes into the second half, only to see the Engineers counter by scoring on five of six possessions to go back in front 46-45 with 14:14 to play in regulation.
The Green and White shot 44.6 percent and was able to turn 18 MIT turnovers into 20 points. The Engineers shot 56 percent in the opening half and 50.7 percent for the game while finishing with a 46-28 edge in paint scoring and a 47-30 advantage on the glass.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as Babson hosts Clark, while MIT takes on Wheaton.
• The Beavers are 57-25 all-time against MIT and swept the regular season series for the first time since 2017.
• Each of the last three games between Babson and the Engineers inside Rockwell Cage have gone to overtime.
• The Beavers are 4-3 this season in games decided by five points or less and 2-1 in overtime.
• Jaworski passed John Wickey '15 (119) and Woody Hines '90 (123) for eighth place on the program's all-time list with 124 career three-point field goals.
• Coolahan's 66 triples this winter have him tied for 10th on Babson's single-season list.