Friday, February 21, 2014

MIT Takes Down Emerson 80-61

Box Score

MIT shot 54% from the field, connected on 9 three-pointers, and held Emerson to only 15 rebounds en route to the convincing 80-61 victory Wednesday night.

6'8" Matt Redfield stuffed the stat sheet once again with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 blocks, 2 assists, and a dunk. Sophomore Ryan Frankel led the way at point guard with 23 points and 7 assists after nailing 4 three-pointers. Andrew Acker added 11 points and 7 rebounds, while sophomore Russell Johnson netted a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

MIT moves to 17-7, 8-5 in NEWMAC, and faces second-place Babson College on Alumni Day on Saturday.

Game Preview: MIT vs. Emerson

MIT vs. Emerson 
Wednesday, Brown-Plofker Gym - Boston, MA, 7pm

Live Stats | Video

Probable Starters:
MIT (16-7, 7-5) Ht. PPG RPG Emerson (13-10, 6-6) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.7 8.9 Brian Hurley 6'7" 9.8 5.0
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.7 9.5 Sean Duffy 6'4" 7.0 4.5
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.3 4.2 Jon Goldberg 6'4" 10.3 9.1
Justin Pedley 6'6" 12.5 1.5 Tyson Hallowell  6'3" 9.4 1.5 
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 7.8 3.2 apg Michael Thorpe 6'0" 13.6 3.2 apg

A Look at Emerson:
Recent Performance
After taking down #5 WPI, Emerson snagged two more wins before falling to Springfield.

Last Time Out
MIT and Emerson battled it out in the paint last game, with MIT proving the victors with a 71-66 victory. Redfield, Acker, and Frankel combined for 56 of MIT's 71 points.

X's & O's
Emerson College finished 13-5 in the GNAC last season before moving into the NEWMAC this year. The Lyons knocked off #1-ranked Amherst earlier in the season.

Emerson will look to get out on the break, with their guards looking to push the ball while the bigs run to the rim. In the half-court most of their sets are out of a 1-4 high with the posts at the elbow. Emerson will set a lot of side ball screens, especially for Thorpe, and will feed their posts who get to the block quickly and aggressively. Emerson will also look to crash the boards hard.

On defense, look for Emerson to try a number of defensive schemes to contain MIT's height. 

MIT Defeats Wheaton 72-58

Box Score

Four Engineers registered double-figures in points today as MIT took down conference foe Wheaton Collge 72-58. The Engineers shot 47% from the field, hit seven three-pointers, out-rebounded the Lyons 41-28, and assisted on 16 of their 25 field goals.

Andrew Acker led the way with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks on the afternoon. Sharp-shooter Justin Pedley scorched the nets for 17 point on 5-of-10 shooting from three. Matt Redfield added 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Sophomore point guard Ryan Frankel added 12 points and 5 assists.

MIT moves to 16-7 on the season and takes on Emerson College on Wednesday in a NEWMAC battle.

Game Preview: MIT vs. Wheaton

MIT vs. Wheaton 
Saturday, Emerson Gymnasium - Norton, MA 1pm

Live Stats | Video

Probable Starters:
MIT (15-7, 6-5) Ht. PPG RPG Wheaton (8-12, 3-8) Ht. PPG RPG
Matt Redfield 6'8" 13.7 8.9 Zach Parsons 6'5" 4.5 3.7
Andrew Acker 6'8" 11.7 9.5 Quinton Dale 6'4" 8.4 5.9
Dennis Levene 6'8" 4.3 4.2 Mike Cannon 6'3" 5.2 4.0
Justin Pedley 6'6" 12.5 1.5 Agyei Gregory  6'3" 14.3 5.0
Ryan Frankel 5'11" 7.8 3.2 apg Will Bayliss 5'10" 7.6 4.4 apg

A Look at Wheaton:
Recent Performance
The Wheaton Lyons are coming off two close contests with Emerson and nationally ranked WPI. Freshman standout Agyei Gregory netted 25 points in the loss to WPI.

Last Time Out
The big-man duo of Matt Redfield and Andrew Acker led the way for the Engineers in the 75-57 win. The two combined for 45 points, 25 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and 2 dunks.

X's & O's
Wheaton College comes into the 2013-2014 season with a reloaded roster, adding front-court depth and an exceptional rookie class. They have added 9 "impact" freshmen to their guard-oriented attack, and as a team will look to get out in transition. The Lyons will look to get all the way to the rim, shoot the pull-up elbow jumper, or kick it out for three. They are an "early offense" type team, and once in the half-court they will primarily utilize a 4-around-1 or 3-around-2 motion offense. Wheaton will look to spread the defense out for dive and kick opportunities, 1v1, and high ball screens for pick and pops.

Defensively they average over 7 steals and 5 blocks per game, thus making for a disruptive time for any offense. 

MIT's Battle with #12 WPI Falls Short

Box Score

WPI shot 51% from the field and out-rebounded MIT 32-23 en route to a 64-52 victory over the Engineers of Cambridge Wednesday night in Rockwell Cage. WPI's defense was able to hold All-Conference selection Matt Redfield to just 3 points and MIT's leading scorer, Justin Pedley, to 4. 23 rebounds is the lowest rebounding total for MIT since January of 2010.

6'8" Freshman Tim Butala stepped up big again for MIT, scoring 18 points including 4 three-pointers and 4 rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Frankel added 12 points and 5 assists, and Junior Co-Captain Dennis Levene netted 10 along with 4 rebounds.

MIT moves to 15-7 on the season and takes on Wheaton College this Saturday.