Saturday, January 29, 2011

MIT Drops Close Contest to WPI

Despite a strong effort, MIT came up short this afternoon against a formidable WPI aquad, the #14 ranked team in the country. With MIT leading 40-37 with 11 minutes to play in the contest, WPI went on an 18-5 run over the next 8 minutes to put the game away. Poor offensive production down the stretch, and for the game overall, were MIT's undoing. MIT was led by Mitch Kates, who scored 17 points and had 4 assists. With the loss, MIT drops to 14-6 (4-3 NEWMAC) and into a three-way tie for 2nd place in the conference.

Full story can be found at the official MIT Athletics website.

MIT next plays at Babson, on Wednesday, February 2nd, as they try to avenge an earlier home loss to the Beavers. Live stats for the game can be found here. Video of the game can be found here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Super Sophs Carry MIT over Coast Guard

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After a close first half, a strong effort by MIT's three starting sophomores propelled the Engineers to victory this evening over the United States Coast Guard Academy. MIT was led in scoring by sophomore point guard Mitchell Kates, who poured in 27 points on 9-14 shooting (3-5 from 3), adding 6 assists and only 1 turnover. Also excelling was sophomore forward Will Tashman, who scored 26 points on 10-13 from the field, while grabbing 11 rebounds. The sophomore trifecta was rounded out by Jamie Karraker, who finished the evening with an uber-efficient 6-8 shooting performance, including 5-6 from 3, on his way to 17 points. Billy Bender played strong off the bench for the Engineers, contributing 11 points (3-4 FGs), 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. As a team, MIT shot an astounding 60% from the field, including 60% from 3 (9-15), in addition to being nearly perfect at the free throw line (16-17). MIT also controlled the boards, limiting the USCGA to just 18 rebounds on the evening, for a +12 margin.

The game boxscore and full story can be found at the official MIT Athletics website.

With the win, MIT pulls into sole posession of 2nd place in the NEWMAC, trailing only WPI. Therefore, the matchup this Saturday at Rockwell cage has added significance for both teams. MIT will look to draw within just a game of WPI in the NEWMAC standings, and split the season series, while WPI will look to all but seal up the NEWMAC regular season crown. Tip is set for 3:00 PM.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kates Posts Career High as MIT Drubs Wheaton

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Mitch Kates poured in a career high 34 points, on 11-15 shooting (4-6 from 3), as MIT was able to comfortably beat Wheaton on the road this afternoon, 79-60. MIT was hot from the start of the game, building a double-digit advantage in the first 9 minutes of the contest. They would build the lead to as many as 19 in the first half, before heading to the break up 14, 48-34. MIT cruised in the second half as well, as Wheaton never got closer than 13 points and MIT lead by as many as 23.

Also playing well for MIT was Will Tashman, who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. In addition to being his career high, the 34 points scored by Kates was also a single-game high for the Engineers this season.

More coverage of the game can be found at the official MIT Athletics website.

MIT next hosts USCGA on Wednesday, January 26th, for an 8:00 PM tip. They will look to extend their 3 game NEWMAC winning streak.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bartolotta Strong Again as IR Wins 2nd Straight

Jimmy Bartolotta was back in action tonight, after last night's game against KFI was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Bartolotta's IR side came out on top, winning 92-82, as he scored 16 points. He is now averaging 25 points per game for the season, on 60% shooting from 2, 45% shooting from 3, and 94.4% shooting from the FT line. Despite being 3-8 prior to Bartolotta's arrival, IR has won its last two game with the former MIT star. IR seems poised to make a run for the playoffs, as they have moved up to a tie for 8th place in the Iceland Express League (IEL). The top 8 teams in the league qualify for the postseason.

IR is back in action next Thursday, January 27, as they travel to Tindastoll. Tindastoll is currently one game ahead of IR in the rankings, and a win could move IR into the 6th or 7th position in the IEL.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Strong Defense Leads MIT to Victory at Springfield

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MIT posted a strong conference road victory this evening, as they defeated Springfield College 60-50. The entire first half of the game was very tightly contested, but with Springfield holding a slight advantage most of the way. However, MIT was able to hold them scoreless over the final four minutes and score a few buckets of their own to take a 29-26 advantage into the break.

In the first 2.5 minutes of the second half, Springfield went on a 7-3 run to take the lead back. However, MIT would respond immediately going on a 14-2 run of their own to build an 11 point lead, which they would not relinquish. Springfield would also rally down the stretch, cutting the lead to 4 points with 2 minutes remaining, but MIT would finish the game on a 6-0 run to account for the final score.

Leading MIT was Jamie Karraker with 18 points on 5-7 shooting from 3. Freshman Tim Donegan also posted a solid effort, going for 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Mitch Kates led MIT at the point with 5 assists and 2 steals.

A full recap can be found at the official MIT Athletics website.

MIT next travels to Wheaton in another conference matchup, this Saturday, January 22 at 4:00 PM.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bartolotta Shines Again, Leads Team to Victory

In just his 2nd game of the season, former MIT star Jimmy Bartolotta led his Icelandic squad, IR Reykjavik, to a 97-89 victory over Njardvik. Bartolotta led the team with 32 points, on 9-16 shooting, as well as adding 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. In his first two games with IR, Bartolotta has scored 58 points on 17-29 shooting (17-18 FTs).

The full boxscore for this afternoon's game can be found at the Iceland Express League website.

Pictures from the game can be found here.

IR next plays on Thursday, January 20.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

MIT Back on Track With Conference Win

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After struggling through the last two weeks of play, MIT got back on track this afternoon with a strong 77-63 win over conference foe Clark University. MIT came out strong, building a double-digit lead in the first half behind 6-8 shooting from 3. They took a 37-24 lead into the halftime break. The second half was played much more tightly, but MIT was able to deny any type of Clark run to allow for the comfortable win. MIT shot over 56% for the game, including 67% in the second half. The were stellar from outside also, converting 12 of 18 3-point attempts. In addtion to their offensive prowess, the Engineers controlled the paint, outrebounding Clark 39-17 and allowing only two second chance points.

Playing one of his best games of the year was Mitchell Kates, who scored 17 points on 5-6 shooting, also adding 5 assists (with just 2 turnovers). Will Tashman was also big for MIT, with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

The full game boxscore can be found at the Official MIT Athletics website.

MIT continues NEWMAC play in their next contest as they travel to Springfield College on Wednesday, January 19, for a 7:00 PM tip.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

MIT Falls at WPI

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For the fourth time in five games, MIT was unable to overcome their offensive woes, and fell tonight at the hands of a nationally-ranked WPI squad. WPI got off to a hot start, leading 16-5 after just 8.5 minutes. The teams would play relatively even the rest of the half, with MIT trailing 21-30 at the intermission. The beginning of the second half proved to be pivotal, however, as WPI surged out of the break on an 8-0 run, to go up 17. The would not look back, cruising to a 68-53 victory.

MIT was led by Mitchell Kates, who scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting. Will Tashman added 9 points and 7 rebounds, while freshman Tim Donegan scored 10 points on 5-6 shooting. The full boxscore can be found at the official MIT Athletics website.

MIT continues NEWMAC play this Saturday, January 15th, at 2:00 PM, when they host Clark University.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

MIT Drops NEWMAC Opener

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MIT dropped their NEWMAC opener to Babson this afternoon at Rockwell Cage. The Engineers could not overcome their offensive struggles, shooting just 35% from the field as a team, including 32% from 3. MIT had 4 players score in double figures, but none with more than 12 points.

A full recap of the game can be found at the official MIT Athletics website, as well as the boxscore.

MIT next travels to take on NEWMAC power WPI on Wednesday, January 12, for a 7:00 PM tip. The game can be followed via livestats at the following link.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bartolotta Leads Team in Scoring in First Appearance of Season

MIT alum, and 2009 DIII Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Jimmy Bartolotta has signed with IR Reykjavik of the Express Basketball League, the top league in Iceland. Bartolotta played with Air Avellino of Serie A in Italy last season.

In his first appearance last night, Bartolotta led his team in scoring with 26 points, on 8-13 shooting, against one of the top teams in the league, Keflavik. The full box score and story can be found at Bartolotta and IR on Janueary 16 against Njardvik.

Follow Jimmy at his new blog:
Jimmy talks about getting his Italian passport, working out with his new team, and the many pleasant distractions in Iceland!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

MIT Rallies to Defeat Tufts

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MIT ended tonight's game against Tufts University on an 18-6 run over the final 7 minutes, to erase a 10-point deficit and pull out a close, 71-69, non-conference win. MIT was led by Mitchell Kates, who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Will Tashman was also big for The Engineers, posting a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Freshman Nick Davis also played well, scoring 15 points on 5-5 shooting.

Visit the official MIT Athletics website for the full game recap and the boxscore.

MIT opens conference play this Saturday, January 8, when they host Babson College at 2:00 PM.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MIT Remains at #19 in Poll

MIT remained at the #19 spot in the Top 25, this week, after not playing any games against DIII opponents. MIT dropped a few votes, after a loss to DI Harvard, for a total of 180 (-7).

Note that the poll is through games Sunday, January 2, 2011, so the loss to Bridgewater State on Monday, January 3rd is not factored in these rankings.

MIT next hosts Tufts on Wednesday, January 5 at 8:00 PM.

Monday, January 3, 2011

MIT Loses Rhythm in Second Half, Falls to Bridgewater

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MIT took an 11 point lead into halftime, but could not hold off Bridgewater State in the second half tonight, dropping an 82-70 decision. MIT held the lead throughout most of the first half, building it to as many as 13, but a myriad of turnovers and poor defensive possessions were too much for the Engineers to overcome in the second stanza. Leading MIT were sophomores Mitchell Kates (24 points, 4 assists, 4 steals) and Will Tashman (8 points, 14 rebounds).

Visit the official MIT athletics for a full game recap and the boxscore.

MIT next hosts Tufts University on Wednesday, January 5 at 8:00 PM.