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Men’s Hoops Earns Win Despite Injuries

By Richard Weber

The Men’s Basketball Team finally got back on track this past Tuesday with a clutch 78-73 victory at Wheaton College. The win keeps MIT in the hunt for hosting a first round NEWMAC playoff game.

Boris I. Paskalev ’03 set the tone early with a strong rejection of a Wheaton shot, but Wheaton was able to hang with the hot shooting Engineers and cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the half.

Things started to look bleak when last week’s NEWMAC player of the week Kyle A. Doherty ’04 went down with a sprained ankle. However, strong forward play by Brian D. Hoying ’03 and Sebastian B. Heersink ’03 allowed the Engineers to take a 10 point half time lead. After the game, team captain Alexander W. Phillips ’03 said, “It is great when players can come in and step up, and the more the merrier.”

Injuries hurt MIT in second half

The Engineers took another huge loss when freshman sensation Adam J. Gibbons ’05 went out of the game with leg cramps. Wheaton had the Engineers firmly grasped in their claws and were going for the kill, but sophomore Andrew E. Tsai ’03 was not going to let the Beavers’ die quietly. Tsai drained two threes and skied for an important rebound. He then stole the ball and raced down court for tough twisting layup with a Wheaton player draped on his back. This sequence put the Engineers up again by ten and took the roar out of Wheaton’s fight. After draining a third three-pointer, Tsai subbed out for Stuart S. Laval ’03.

MIT needs help for home game

The Engineers now need a victory over 8.5 point underdog WPI, and wins by heavily-favored Babson College and Springfield College over Wheaton to secure the home playoff game.