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Curry Defeats Men's Basketball in Overtime Battle

By Daniel E. Wang
Staff Reporter

In a battle between two sub-.500 teams, the men's basketball team fell to Curry College, 76-73, in overtime Thursday night. The Engineers' record for the season is now 3-7.

MIT led after the first half, 35-29, but in the second half, what coach Leo Osgood described as a sub-par performance, allowed Curry to rebound, and tie the game, 66-66, at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period, the game remained close up until the final buzzer, as both teams traded baskets. With 50 seconds left to play, the score was tied, 73-73. Moments later, Curry went up, 75-73, on a tip-in that turned out to be the winning basket.

In the remainder of the game, the clock seemed to be the worst enemy for the Engineers. MIT players had numerous chances to tie the score, but could not put the ball through the hoop. One player set up a three-point field goal attempt, but could not get the shot off before the buzzer.

The Engineers either outshot or matched their opponents in all categories except for free throws, perhaps the most important of all. Shooting from long range was pretty good for the Engineers, as they made 47 percent of their three-point attempts. Curry shot 23 percent.

The big difference was in shooting from the free-throw line. Curry had more free throws attempts, and more of them going through the hoop. MIT sank 16 out of 25 from the line, but Curry made 25 of 38. The foul shots were what allowed Curry to stay in the game.

The result seemed to be a disappointment, considering excellent performances by the players. Three of the starters scored in double figures, led by center Keith Whalen '96, who scored 19 points, which included making all seven of his free throws. Guard Randy Hyun '95 was perfect from the three-point line, making all six of his attempts, allowing him to finish the night with 18 points.

Forward Tim Porter '96 scored 12 points. The top performer off the bench was center Mark Heffernan '95, who scored 8 points, tying for the team's fourth highest scorer of the night. He and Whalen traded time on the floor, both grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds.

Both Heffernan and Whalen fouled out, hurting both the offense and defense for MIT late in the game. But Osgood commented that they did make all the difference in the game. Instead, the lack of defense from the entire team.

The game was MIT's first loss to Curry College in over six years, and was a disappointment to Osgood. "We should not take anyone for granted," he said. He added that the players "did not play to their full potential," as they were sluggish, and did not move quickly.