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Men's Basketball Ends Season 7-17

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

The men's basketball team finished the season with a loss at Worchester Polytechnic Institute Friday night by a score of 106-96. The loss in the Constitution Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals left the team 7-17 overall for the season and 3-7 for the conference.

In the first half, WPI built a 14-point lead at 58-44, with an incredible 58 percent shooting performance from the floor. At the same time, they held MIT to 43 percent. Both teams shot adequately from the line -- 64 percent for MIT and 75 percent for WPI.

In the second half, MIT closed the deficit somewhat, but not enough. While the Engineers scored 52 points, they still allowed WPI 48 to finished with the victory. MIT did improve its percentages from both the floor and the line, shooting 45 percent and 74 percent respectively, to finish at 44 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the line. They also shot a fantastic 50 percent from beyond the arc on 9-18 shooting of three-pointers. However, they couldn't beat the great 54 percent shooting from the floor for WPI.

Overall, the scoring was balanced with six players in double figures. The team was led by starting forward Tim Porter '96 with 22. Starting guard Nikki Caruthers '95 finished with 19, forward Joe Levesque '95 and reserve center Mark Heffernan '95 contributed 15, starting center Keith Whalen'96 scored 13, and reserve guard Terry Rivers '95 12. Heffernan led the team in rebounds with 11 while Porter added seven.

"All season we never boxed out. We're not a good boxing out team. We ran out of guns...It's hard to win when we give up 106 points," Caruthers commented.