Saturday, February 19, 2011

MIT Dismantles Springfield in Season Finale

MIT posted an impressive victory this afternoon over Springfield, 73-43, to claim the second seed in next weekend's NEWMAC tournament. The game was close initially, with MIT trailing 9-10 at the 12 minute mark of the first half. However, over the next 8 minutes MIT would go on a 19-3 run to put the game out of reach, as MIT would lead by double-figures the rest of the afternoon. The second half was more lopsided than the first, as MIT led by as many as 34 en route to the 30 point victory.

The Engineers were led by Billy Bender, who tallied 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Will Tashman put in his usual solid effort, with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jamie Karraker nailed three 3's on his way to 11 points.

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

MIT will face Springfield again next weekend, in the semifinals of the NEWMAC tourney, to be held at WPI. MIT will play in the second semifinal, at 3:00 PM (full bracket can be found here). If they are successful in the semifinals, they will play for an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament on Sunday at 1:00 PM, also to be played at WPI.