Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MIT Grabs Win #5 Over UMass-Boston

The MIT Engineers defeated UMass-Boston tonight 69-63, earning their fifth win of the season. Despite somewhat sloppy play (MIT had 22 turnovers) and a mediocre performance at the free-throw line (15 misses), the Engineers were able to gut out the win down the stretch.

6'8" Junior Matt Redfield stuffed the stat sheet once again, posting 27 points, 16 rebound, 7 blocks, 2 dunks, 1 assist, and 1 steal on the night. Redfield moves to 85 career blocks, passing Will Tashman '13 for 9th place all-time in MIT history.

Redfield is averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game this season (Pic: Tom Gearty)
6'6" Sophomore Justin Pedley went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line en route to 14 points, while Freshman Dakota Pierce connected on three three-pointers for 11 points along with 4 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

Junior point guard Paul Dawson led MIT's offense with 7 assists, and 6'10" big-man Lampros Tsontzos connected on six straight crucial points down the stretch to ensure the MIT victory.

Freshman Dakota Pierce is shooting 37% from three this season (Pic: Tom Gearty)
MIT plays host to Salem State University on Thursday at 7pm in Rockwell Cage.

Game Preview: MIT vs. University of Massachusetts - Boston

MIT vs. University of Massachusetts - Boston
Tuesday, Clark Athletic Center, 7pm

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Probable Starters:
MIT (4-2) Ht. PPG RPG UMB (3-2) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.0 9.8 Carl Joseph 6'5" 19.8 6.2
Andrew Acker 6'8" 10.7 9.0 Jerard Mayes 6'4" 12.2 5.6
Dennis Levene 6'8" 5.0 4.5 Gregory Young 6'3" 12.4 5.0
Justin Pedley 6'6" 14.3 1.2 Omar Benabicha 6'0" 8.0 4.0 
Paul Dawson 5'10" 6.3 5.5 apg Ryan Lapaglia 6'0" 4.0 1.2 apg

A Look at UMass-Boston:
The University of Massachusetts - Boston is currently 3-2 and members of the very tough Little East Conference. They are another extremely athletic and mobile team that will look to get out on the break. In transition they will be looking for their do-it-all go-to-guy Carl Joseph for the pull-up three. In the half-court, the Beacons utilize a 4-around-1 motion offense, looking for the drive and kick (the Beacons put up 17 three's per game). On the defensive end the Beacons make up for their size with defensive pressure and intensity.

MIT must take care of the ball against UMass-Boston's pressure, and look for the size advantage down low. The Engineers' big-men must continue attacking the hoop, and must find the open man on the perimeter once the inevitable double-teams come. Defensively the Engineers must be able to deny dribble penetration while preventing the Beacons from getting a hot hand from beyond the arc.