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Men's Basketball Edges WPI, 90-84

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

The men's varsity basketball team won its first game and first league game Saturday at Rockwell Cage against Worcester Polytechnic Institute by a score of 90-84. Thus, the men are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Constitution Athletic Conference.

Through the first half, MIT had a three point lead, 46-43. Guard Nikki Caruthers '95 led the team with nine points in the half with three more players scoring eight. They shot an awesome 62 percent from the field and three for six or 50 percent from 3-point land. They shot fairly well from the line as well, averaging 65 percent.

MIT held off a gritty WPI in the second half to win. This included fouling MIT players in the final seconds to stop the clock. However, while MIT did have some problems shooting free throws in the final minute, WPI had more shooting problems so MIT ended the game with a win.

All five starters finished the game in double figures with forward Tim Porter '96 led the team with 19. Forward Joe Levesque '95 finished with 16, and center Keith Whalen '96 had 15. Caruthers had 11 and guard Randy Hyun '95 had 10.

Porter also tied with Mark Heffernan '95 for the lead in rebounds with seven and Hyun in assists with four. Hyun also led the team in steals with three. WPI's scoring leaders were Chris Dunn with 27 and James Naughton with 24.

Overall, MIT finished shooting 55 percent from the field including 40 percent on 3-pointers and 60 percent from the charity stripe.

Head coach Leo Osgood was quite pleased with the performance. "The team overall, they played great. Ten players made a contribution throughout the whole game. Their passing game today was exceptional. We cut down our turnovers and played solid defense against WPI," he said.