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Sharp Shooting Puts Men's B-Ball Over the Top against Golden Bears

By Andrew Maywah

In a Constitution Athletic Conference match Saturday, the men's basketball team defeated the Western New England College Golden Bears 6751.

The Engineers improved their record to 4-17 in front of a moderately packed Rockwell Cage (189 in attendance). The Engineers only trailed once in the game, 53.

After a three-point field goal by Tim Porter '96, MIT was on the attack, hitting 14 of 29 shot attempts for 48.3 percent in the first half. In a matter of minutes the Engineers were ahead by double digits.

"We came out from the opening tip on the attack, because we were determined not to get behind early," said Captain Tim Porter '95.

The Golden Bears weren't so golden. They shot a dismal 21 percent from the floor and kept shooting threes with no success in the first half. The Bears were also plagued by sloppy play and poor ball handling, with 20 turnovers in the game.

The first half ended with MIT ahead, 3419. MIT's high scorers were Porter with 13 and Jason Spann '96 with 9 points.

In the second half MIT picked up where they left off, shooting 50 percent from the three-point arc. The Bears began a full court press with about three minutes left in an attempt to force a turnover.

The Engineers, however, did not give up the ball or the lead. the Bears fouled repeatedly in a vain attempt to preserve clock time near the end. MIT played hard and pulled out a well-deserved win.

Godfrey Inniss '98 did well with 13 rebounds. "I'm glad we won. We've been practicing hard, and this win was long overdue," Inniss said.

"The whole team contributed," Porter said.

MIT's next game is against Norwich University today at 6 p.m..