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Men’s Basketball Remains Undefeated As MIT Takes Tech Clash Tournament

MIT’s Comeback Victory over RPI and Caltech Blowout Highlights Weekend

By Richard Weber

With a big win over Rensselaer Polytechnic on a wild Friday night in Rockwell, and blowout over a weak CalTech, the Engineers won the Tech Clash Tournament last weekend and are off to a 6-0 start.

The Engineers got off to a slow start against RPI, only scoring five points in the first 10 minutes. Plagued by turnovers in the first half, MIT entered the locker room down 19-29 at halftime.

Things were beginning to look bleak for MIT as the second half opened with a dunk by RPI’s Jared Hite on a fast break.

Then redshirt freshman Andrew Tsai ’04 heated up and scorched the net with 3 quick trifactors. The capacity crowd came to its feet as the momentum shifted to MIT.

Daniel F. Kanamori ’05 was able to penetrate and dish to MIT’s hot shooters throughout second half and got nine assists for the game. Along with Tsai, Adam J. Gibbons ’05 and Neal E. Brenner ’03 reined a total of nine threes in the second half on the shell-shocked RPI Defense.

Kyle T. Doherty ’04 also stepped up in the second half and had his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

RPI’s athleticism allowed them to cut the MIT lead to one with about forty ticks left. Gibbons then took matters into his own hands and launched a three-pointer from well behind the line. The ball splashed home, the crowd roared, and the door slammed on RPI’s chances of a win.

“I was feeling good, I was looking good, so I decided to let one fly from deep,” said Gibbons. Gibbons lead the game with 20 points.

MIT held out over RPI and came away with a 68-62 victory.

Win over Caltech seals tournament

On Saturday MIT played CalTech in the second game of the tournament. CalTech, who was wearing its 1950s throwback jerseys, was outgunned by MIT, 82-49.

In the second half Alexander W. Phillips ’03 stripped the CalTech point guard and coasted down the floor for easy layups on three consecutive plays. Like Phillips, MIT preyed on the poor CalTech Beavers and cruised to the easy win. Sebastian B. Heersink ’03 led MIT with 12 points. Phillips, Brenner, Stuart S. Laval ’03 and Gibbons also scored in the double figures.

The Engineers get to beat up on another Tech school at home on Saturday, as the Beavers are favored by 30 over Polytechnic University.