MIT
Hollingsworth

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- No. 3 MIT scored the game’s first eight points and led by as many as 25, en route to a 83-63 win against Farmingdale State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night. Noel Hollingsworth scored a game-high 37 points to tie a career high, and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Hollingsworth’s scoring explosion came on 16-26 shooting, including four-of-six from long range. Will Tashman had his second double-double of the NCAA tournament with 16 points and 13 boards, while Mitchell Kates also had a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 assists. Jamie Karraker made four 3-pointers to set a new MIT single-season record, and finished with 12 points.

Josh Smith led Farmingdale State with 16 points to go along with five rebounds. Dyshaun Flournoy had 14 points on six of 15 shooting for the Rams.

The Engineers came out firing on all cylinders, knocking down their first three shots to take an 8-0 lead in the game’s first 63 seconds. Hollingsworth started it off with a 3-pointer and a layup before Karraker connected from deep. Farmingdale State got on the board thanks to a traditional three-point play by Smith.

The Cardinal and Gray, however, extended the lead thanks to back-to-back threes by Hollingsworth and Karraker. The Engineers would make five of their first six attempts from long range and lead by as many as 19 in the first half.

Hollingsworth ended the frame with eight consecutive points to give him 27 for the half, as MIT took a 53-34 lead into the locker room.

The Rams started the second half with six consecutive points on layups by Ibrahim Johnson, AJ Matthews and Dyshaun Flournoy to cut the deficit to 13. After the teams traded buckets, the Engineers went on another spurt, this time outscoring Farmingdale State 12-2 over a 3:07 span, to push their lead to 23 before closing out the 20-point victory.

The Cardinal and Gray shot 53 percent from the field and made nine 3-pointers. The Engineers assisted on 21 of their 35 made baskets and held a 46-32 edge in points in the paint.