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Men...s Basketball Wins 70-56 Over Emmanuel

By Evans Boney

The MIT Men’s basketball team opened the season with a 70-56 win at the Emmanuel Tip-off Tournament over host Emmanuel College. The win avenged a three point loss to the Saints last season.

The Engineers opened strong in the first half, connecting on 6 of 10 from behind the arc, dominating the boards and playing stifling defense. MIT held their opponent to 5 field goals in the first half, and took a 13 point lead into the break.

Emmanuel would not go away easily, and rallied behind a strong press in the early part of the second half. With 13 minutes remaining, the Saints had pulled even with the Engineers. The Engineers fell down by 3, but refused to accept failure. Led by oppressive defense and clutch guard play, the Engineers regained a double digit lead with 5 minutes to go. MIT nailed free throws down the stretch, and pulled out the win.

The free throw performance by the Engineers is a good sign for the season, nailing 22 out of 30 from the charity stripe. The team is looking good from the three-point line as well, hitting 8 of 16 for the game. Tech also out rebounded its opponents 39-26, evidence of the strong inside play.

The Engineers were led by senior Michael W. D’Auria who had 20 points, including an 8-8 free throw performance. Sophomore William D. Mroz and senior Daniel F. Kanamori also hit double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively. Mroz and Kanamori combined for a 6-8 three-point shooting performance.

Hamidou Soumare ’08, James M. Bartolotta ’09 and Philip E. Murray ’06 led the Engineers collecting rebounds, with 8, 7, and 7 respectively.

The Saints were led by Levi Smith with 16 points and Rob Williams-Hinton with 10.

Be sure to catch the home opener for the MIT men this Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Connecticut College.