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Men's Basketball Fights Hard But Drops First Three Games

By Melissa N. Ronge
Team Statistician

The men's basketball team has started out the season slowly. They've fought hard in each game, especially when they've been behind, and played solid basketball throughout most of their first three games, but dropped all three.

The first game of the season pitted the team against the defending league champion Babson Beavers. MIT came out strong, due in part to the inside of play of Kareem A. Benjamin '97, and was able to keep the score close for most of the first half, but with about four minutes to go, Babson went on a 10 point run to give them an 11 point lead at the half.

MIT was not about to give up. Benjamin and John A. Miller '98 kept things close. In the end, though, Babson's outside shooters were just too much, draining 12 three-pointers. Even with Benjamin's 20 points and Miller's 14, MIT lost, 98-69. Melvin D. Pullen '98 also contributed 10 points to the Engineer cause, and Miller and Timothy M. Porter '96 led the team with 6 rebounds.

The next game brought WPI to town. MIT started out slowly, letting WPI jump out to a 11-point halftime lead. Even though the Engineers only scored 17 points in the first half, they felt they were still in the game. Once the second half started, they intended to prove it. MIT was able to fight back and keep it close through most of the second half. The Engineers were able to make four three-pointers to climb back into the game, but when the final buzzer sounded, MIT had lost, 61-53. The leading scorers were Pullen with 15, Charles H. Hsu '98 with 11, and Porter with 9. Miller pulled down 9 rebounds and Hsu had 5 assists.

The Engineers were still looking for their first win when they played Brandeis. Once again, MIT started out slowly, allowing the Judges to run out to a 7-point halftime lead. MIT was able to come back in the second half, cutting the lead to 3 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Unfortunately, Brandeis then went on a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach. Even though MIT tried to come back, the Judges' inside game was a little too much, as their three forwards had 46 points and 26 boards between them.

MIT had four starters in double figures, but that wasn't enough as they lost, 76-65. The leading scorers were Pullen, Benjamin, and Porter with 19, 13, and 12 points respectively. Benjamin and Miller were able to grab 9 rebounds each.