Monday, January 23, 2012

Kates' 1,000th Point Not Enough as WPI Stuns #3 MIT

After leading at halftime, the #3 ranked MIT Engineers couldn't recover from a 12-2 run by WPI in the second half, ultimately falling to last year's regular season champions 80-68. The upset is the Engineers' first loss of the season, as MIT is now 16-1 overall and 4-1 in conference.

A rematch of 2011's Conference Championship (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

Leading Tech was All-Conference Mitchell Kates, supplying MIT with 22 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. On his 19th point of the night, Mitchell Kates became MIT's 24th player to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Junior Mitchell Kates will continue to move up the all-time leading scorers' list (Pic: Robert Krawitz)
The big-man duo of Will Tashman and Noel Hollingsworth combined for 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, while sharp-shooter Jamie Karraker connected on three three-pointers for 11 points. Senior Billy Bender had a game-high 10 rebounds. 

MIT and WPI will meet again during the final regular season game (Pic: Robert Krawitz)

MIT went cold in the second half, however, shooting a season-low 36% from the field during the frame and going 0-6 from three. Tech was also out-rebounded in the half 19-13. 

MIT takes on Clark University Wednesday at 7pm.