By Gage Nutter
Assistant Sports Editor
Even the die-hard Springfield fan that stood in the crowd dressed as a Crayola crayon box could not inspire the Pride enough to pick up the victory on Wednesday night.
Springfield men’s basketball fell to MIT 73-62 in Blake Arena last night. The Pride are now 10-10 on the season and 4-5 in the NEWMAC conference. Jake Ross finished with 19 points while Heath Post finished with 14 for the Pride.
The game was not a blowout by any stretch of the imagination, but head coach Charlie Brock was still less than enthusiastic about his teams performance.
“We played poorly tonight,” said Brock. “We did not take care of the ball, we had fouls that were unnecessary, and we did not rebound.”
Springfield and MIT played eerily similar on the offensive end throughout the night. Both teams did not attempt to get quick points in transition, they elected to slow down the tempo and chew up as much clock as possible to get the perfect shot. It almost seemed on every possession that each team’s bench was counting down the shot clock to alert their ball handler in hopes of avoiding a shot clock violation.
Anthony Reynolds came into the game midway through the first half and made his presence felt. With his 6-4 255 pound frame, he was able to effectively box out opposing Engineers, and had a soft touch throughout the night to finish with 10 points and 7 rebounds off the bench for the Pride.
A positive to pull out of this loss for the Pride is that the team as a whole were very effective from the free throw line. The team made their first 12 free throws before ending the night shooting 76% from the line.
The Pride will now take on Wheaton on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at home.
When asked how he feels about the game against Wheaton, Brocks thoughts were straight and to the point.
“We have got to get better than we were tonight.”