Tuesday, December 6, 2011

#7 MIT Goes to 9-0

#7 MIT continued their winning ways with another dominating performance over University of Massachusetts - Boston. Tech soared to a 51-19 first half to eventually earn their ninth straight win 90-47. The Engineers continued to distribute the ball efficiently on offense, dishing out 27 assists on 32 makes. Defensively they held UMass to 32.7% shooting.

Point Guard Mitch Kates leads the league in assists and ranks second in steals (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Dan Mccue, a senior with another year left of eligibility, nails the jumper. Mccue is 5th in the conference in assist-to-turnover ration (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

Leading the way was sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker who connected on a program record 9 three-pointers. Karraker, who scored a career-high 27 points on the night, is currently sitting at 40 three-pointers on the season while shooting an incredible 47.1%. Karraker, a junior eligibility-wise, is 15 three-pointers shy of being MIT's all-time three-point leader (former Engineer great and teammate of Karraker's Jimmy Bartolotta has 231 career three-pointers).

6'7" freshman Dennis Levene throws one down during warmups. Levene was also a member of U-20 Danish National Team (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

Jamie Karraker scorched the nets with an Institute record 9 three-pointers, while dropping a career-high 27 points (Pic: Tom Gearty)

All-American Noel Hollingsworth, NEWMAC's Player of the Week, added 20 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks, while big-man Will Tashman owned the boards with 11 rebounds. Billy Bender filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals as he continues his stellar senior campaign. Point guard Mitchell Kates ran the show again with 5 assists and 4 steals.

High-flyin' 6'8" freshman Matt Redfield gives the Engineers a great future (Pic: Tom Gearty)

The Engineers moved to #7 in the national rankings this week, the program's highest ranking ever (Pic: Shri Ganeshram)

Tech next faces Salem State, who has received Top 25 votes and recently defeated then-#3 Williams College, this Thursday at 7pm in Rockwell Cage.

MIT vs. UMass-Boston Highlights

MIT Moves Up to #7 in Polls

The MIT Engineers moved up two spots to #7 in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll. This is the highest national ranking the Engineers have received in the 111-year history of the program.

Fellow NEWMAC rival WPI moved up to #15 in the polls, while Northeast region teams Williams (#8), Amherst (#2), and Middlebury (#1) were all ranked.

Read more about the rankings here: http://d3hoops.com/top25/men/2011-12/week2

Two teams that Tech will be playing this week, Salem State and Tufts, received Top 25 votes as well.

MIT travels to UMass-Boston tonight for 7PM EST. Live video of the game can be found on Little East TV: http://www.littleeast.tv/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=embstay&id=2622B694CD