Men's Basketball Wins 2; Whalen Rookie of the WeekBy Haider A. Hamoudi
The men's basketball team won two games this past weekend, raising its record to 2-4. In the first of the two games, the Engineers defeated the Gordon College Fighting Scots 77-69 in Rockwell Cage Thursday night.
The game was close throughout the first half, with MIT leading by only six at the half. However, the Engineers were able to extend the lead to ten points with back-to-back field goals by center Keith Whalen '96 and backup guard Mark Milton '93.
The Scots stayed reasonably close until, with 7:53 remaining, MIT scored eight unanswered points to make the score 63-48. Forward Joe Levesque '95 began the scoring frenzy with a three-point play, followed by a three-point field goal by guard Randy Hyun '95. Levesque capped off the run with a layup.
With five minutes left to make up a 15-point deficit, the Scots mounted a respectable comeback, scoring eight unanswered points of their own, but it proved to be too little, too late as the Engineers cruised to their first victory of the 1992 season.
Levesque led the team with 24 points and 4 rebounds. Whalen added 18 points of his own along with a team-high 5 rebounds. Guard Rob Hayward was the leading scorer for the Scots with twenty points. Gordon College dropped to 0-2 for the season.
The Engineers followed this victory with another last Saturday afternoon against Norwich University.
Because of his performance in the two games, Whalen was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III Rookie of the Week. The 6-foot-7-inch freshman shot 54.5 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the free throw line, averaging 20.7 points per game for the week. In addition, Whalen had five assists, five steals, and two blocked shots.