Saturday, February 26, 2011

MIT Triumphs Over Springfield Again, Advances to NEWMAC Finals

Images Courtesy of Dawn Anderson

For the second time this week, MIT had their way with Springfield, leading most of the game by double-digits and by as many as 20 points, on way to 77-68 win. Neither team shot particularly well, at a clip of 42%, but MIT was able to build a lead by controlling the tempo and taking care of the ball, only committing 7 turnovers all afternoon.

Leading the Engineers were their two standouts all year, with Mitchell Kates controlling the perimeter and Will Tashman locking down the interior. After struggling offensively last week, Kates came out determined in the first half, scoring 18 of his 22 points in the opening frame. He also added, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and a block for the game. Tashman was dominant inside, going for 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Billy Bender and Jamie Karraker also played solid games, contributing 13 and 12 points, respectively.

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

MIT will face WPI tomorrow in the NEWMAC finals, which is scheduled for a 1 PM tipoff. The winner will get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.