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Norwich Hoops Oust Engineers in Last Minute

Helen Lin--The Tech
Nikki Caruthers '95 passes a Norwich University opponent as he approaches the basket. MIT lost the close game 75-70.

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

In a game that either team could have won in the final minute, the men's basketball team lost 75-70 to the Norwich University Cadets at Rockwell Cage on Tuesday night.

The conference loss left the team with season records of 1011 overall and 46 in the Constitution Athletic Conference.

In the first half the Cadets opened by getting a 62 lead in the first two minutes. They were able to increase their lead to 20-13 with 11 minutes, 39 seconds left in the half before the Engineers scored the next seven points to tie at 2020 with 10:17 left, on a field goal by Keith Whalen '96.

Norwich got another field goal to take the lead at 2220 before MIT scored the next five to take its first lead at 2522 with 7:35 on a 3-point field goal by Joe Levesque '95.

Two ties and three lead changes took place in the rest of the half. Then two free throws by Randy Hyun '95 resulted in the halftime score 3535.

In the second half, the Engineers opened with a 92 run in the first three minutes to take their largest lead of the game, 4437, with Melvin Pullen '97 scoring seven of the nine points.

The lead did not last as the Cadets responded with a 70 run to tie the game again at 4444 in the next three minutes.

MIT took the lead again on a field goal by Tim Porter '96 10 seconds later. The Engineers took a 6-point lead with 8:50 left at 5852 before the Cadets scored the next seven points to retake the lead at 5958 with 7:10 to play.

The teams traded baskets so they tied two times and traded the lead six times until Hyun's two free throws tied the game at 7070 with 1:47 left.

Then, with 49 seconds left David Brown's field goal gave Norwich a 7270 lead it would not relinquish since fatigue caused MIT to miss field goal attempts in the closing minute. Three free throws in the final 30 seconds for the Cadets resulted in the final score of 7570.

The difference in the game was shooting from the field. Norwich shot a great 53 percent from the floor while MIT made only 37 percent of its shots. The advantage that the Engineers had over the Cadets from the line, 80 percent to 55 percent, did not make up the difference.

Brown of Norwich had a game high 21 points, which led four Norwich players scoring in double figures. MIT countered with all the starters finishing in double figures with Nikki Caruthers '95 leading with 16 points, while Whalen, Hyun, Pullen and Levesque contributed 14, 12, 11, and 11, respectively. Whalen had an excellent rebounding game, pulling down 17 boards.