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Men...s Basketball Loses in Overtime

MIT was defeated for the first time this season earlier last week, in a Thursday match up with the undefeated Gordon College Fighting Scots (now 5-0).

MIT got off to a great start in the game, and led by double figures with 11:35 remaining in the first half. Gordon was held to only 3 field goals on 16 shots, but nailed 14 of 18 from the free throw line to trail by only 5, 25-20, at the half.

The second half would be a different story, with the Fighting Scots heating up from the field, shooting 12-24 (50 percent). Down the stretch the score was tied 4 times, but the lead changed only once in the game, halfway through the second half when Gordon took the lead from the Engineers.

Jimmy M. Bartolotta ’09 had two clutch three pointers down the stretch to keep MIT close, including one that brought Tech to a 49-50 deficit with 26 seconds remaining. After two made free throws by Jerry Logan of Gordon, MIT brought the ball up the court with only seconds remaining, trailing 52-49. The ball was passed to Gary R. Atkins ’06 at the top of the key, who handed the ball off to Michael W. D’Auria ’06. D’Auria took a step back to get both feet a hairsbreadth behind the arc, and nailed the three to bring MIT even with Gordon with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gordon couldn’t find the basket on the other end, and regulation ended with the score tied at 52.

The Engineers fell behind quickly in overtime, and were ultimately overcome by the free throw shooting of the Fighting Scots, who hit 6 of 9 down the stretch to close out a 64-59 win in overtime.

The Engineers were led by D’Auria with 24 points, while Bartolotta and Daniel F. Kanamori ’06 contributed 16 and 10 respectively. D’Auria was one rebound and 3 assists shy of a triple-double, and led the Engineers in both categories. Gordon College was led by Jerry Logan and Jon Marstaller with 20 and 22 points respectively.

Watch the Engineers close out their fall campaign this Tuesday against the Mount Ida Mustangs at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.

Evens T. Boney ’06, Assistant Coach