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Men...s Basketball Team Beats Suffolk With 48-18 Second-Half Rout, Moving to 4-0 for Season

By Evans Boney

The MIT Men’s Basketball team moved to 4-0 this season with an 84-46 win over the Suffolk University Rams (0-4) this Saturday in Rockwell Cage. The rout included a 48-18 performance by the Engineers in the second half, which featured the entire MIT team. The Engineers got off to a less than impressive start, and the scoreboard showed 18-13 in favor of the Rams just five minutes into the game. MIT rallied to a 34-28 lead by halftime behind solid defense.

The second half was an offensive clinic by the Engineers, who ran the score to 61-34 with 7:49 left in the game. The push continued, and the MIT bench maintained the 30-point lead by moving the ball well and showing good offensive balance, keeping the Rams off the scoreboard.

Tech was led in scoring by Michael W. D’Auria ’06, who scored more than 20 for the fourth straight game (23), as well as Philip E. Murray ’06 and James M. Bartolotta ’09 with 13 and 10 points respectively. The Engineers’ point guard play was outstanding, with Daniel F. Kanamori ’06 dishing out 6 assists, and Bradley H. Gampel ’09 contributing 5.

For the third time in four games Hamidou Soumare ’08 led the Engineers in rebounds with 8. Alexander G. Krull ’07 scored 9, and Gampel and Willard J. Johnson ’09 each had 7. The Engineers connected on 17 of 29 free throws, and were 20-32 from inside the 3 point arc. MIT crushed the Rams on the glass, collecting 42 rebounds to the 31 from Suffolk. The Rams were led by John Murphy with 17 points and 6 boards.

This success comes after the Engineers won a pre-season tournament for the second year in a row last weekend at Emmanuel College, with a 68-60 win over SUNY Geneseo (1-1). D’Auria was named tournament MVP with 24 points on Sunday, and Bartolotta (11 points) was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

MIT also picked up a 56-53 win earlier in the week over Connecticut College (1-1). The Engineers had a 50-33 lead with 12 minutes left, but it was left to solid defense to win the game, as Tech was unable to convert on many possessions down the stretch. The Engineers were led by D’Auria with 22 points, as well as Kanamori and Krull, who each chipped in 11. The game put D’Auria over the 1,000 point mark for his career (currently at 1,031). He is currently 18th on the all-time scoring list, only 14 points shy of the record of former teammate Kyle T. Doherty ’04.

The 4-0 start is the best opening by the Engineers since the 2001-2002 campaign which began with an all-time record 7 wins. Don’t miss the Engineers when they host Fisher College on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., and Gordon College (3-0) Thursday at 6 p.m.