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Hoopsters Maul WNEC Golden Bears

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@ByName:By Thomas Kettler

@ByTitle:Staff Reporter

@Body:Aided by the Western New England College Bears 40 fouls, the mens basketball team shot 43 for 64 from the foul line in a 8478 overtime victory Wednesday. The team improved its record to 57.

At the end of the first half, the Engineers led 3837. The half included a 112 run by the Engineers in the first four minutes. But the Golden Bears took the lead at 2019 with nine minutes left in the half after the Engineers ran dry.

After that the teams traded leads five times before center Mark Heffernan 95 closed out the scoring for the half with a free throw with 41 seconds left, one of the eighteen MIT scored in 28 attempts for the half. Meanwhile, the Engineers shot just 30 percent from the floor for the half.

Individually, starting point guard Nikki Caruthers 95 led the team with 12 points, aided by a 9-for-11 performance at the line. Starting center Keith Whalen 96 had nine and starting outside guard Randy Hyun 95 eight as the other lead scorers.

The second half ended 70-70 when Eric Copeland of WNEC was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 31 seconds left and made all three free throws while MIT failed to score afterward. It closed a half that had six lead changes, the last that had MIT leading 6665.

In the overtime period, Whalen scored nine to lead the team to victory including two 3-point plays. But Ken Fortin of the Golden Bears had the best shot of the game with Randy Hyun 96 in his face, by canning a 3-pointer that touched nothing but net.

The shot got WNEC back to three with 12 seconds left. Hyun got one of two free throws to close out the game and finish the scoring.

The Engineers won the game at the line shooting 43 of 64 free throws, while the Golden Bears only shot 16 of 24. Neither team shot well from the floor, shooting 36 percent and 34 percent, respectively.

Individually, Caruthers led the team with 25 points before fouling out with one minute left in the second half. The other scorers in double figures included Whalen, Hyun, and Heffernan with 23, 17 and 10, respectively.

Heffernan also grabbed fifteen rebounds and blocked five WNEC shots to lead in both of those categories.