Thursday, December 15, 2011

#4 MIT, Karraker Make History

The nationally-ranked #4 Engineers took down Wheelock College 71-47 last night for their 12th win in a row and the best start in the 111-year history of the program. Also setting the history mark was Jamie "Cakes" Karraker. On his seventh trifecta of the night, "Cakes" notched his 232nd career three-pointer, surpassing the great Jimmy Bartolotta (2009) on the all-time three-point list. Through Dec. 11, Karraker is second in the nation in 3FG made per game (4.4).

6'8" Will Tashman snags a board. He is averaging 10.3 rebounds a game this season (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Behind Karraker's 23 points was All-American Noel Hollingsworth's 18 points and 8 rebounds. Hollingsworth is averaging 19.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg on the year. Senior Billy Bender filled the stat sheet again with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals to end his incredible first semester. All-Region performer and last year's NEWMAC Tournament MVP Will Tashman grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in 22 minutes, and two-time All-Conference point guard Mitchell Kates dished out a game-high 6 assists.

Will "Big Country" Dickson gets a feed from Freshman Paul Dawson (Pic: Tom Gearty)

The Engineers also saw valuable contributions from the bench, including three blocks and a dunk from high-flying freshman Matt Redfield, as well as 4 assists from veteran "Lieutenant" Dan Mccue. Tech out-rebounded the visiting Wildcats 35-23, dished out 22 assists on 29 makes, and shot 42% from three.

Freshman Matt Redfield throws one down. Redfield is averaging a block every 6 minutes (Pic: Tom Gearty)

The team takes a break for finals and the holidays, and returns to action in the new year on January 4th versus NEWMAC opponent Springfield College.