The Engineers Lose to Babson In Second to Last Season GameBy Travis Johnson
Sloppy play cost MIT Men’s Basketball the win on Tuesday as they fell to Babson 70-58.
The Engineers trailed from early on as the quicker Babson team was able to break down the MIT defense. The strength and field goal shooting of forward Michael E. Huhs ’05 was the only reason MIT stayed in the game. Huhs finished the game 11-15 from the field, good for a game high 23 points.
The problem for MIT was getting the ball to Huhs. They suffered from 19 turnovers, seven by Huhs himself. Even when they were able to hold on to the ball, Babson’s pressure defense often prevented them from entering it to the post. When they could enter it into the post, MIT’s field goal percentage was high, but their three point shooting was a disaster: they shot 24 percent, as compared to 50 percent from the two-point range.
MIT was competitive throughout the game, but gave up very costly Babson runs at the end of the first half and the middle of the second half. The closest they got down the stretch was a three point deficit that was promptly run to six by a Babson jumper.
Strangely, MIT was out-rebounded by the smaller Babson Beavers 34-27. The rebounding was especially bad on Babson’s side of the court, as MIT got only 15 of the 25 missed shots, giving Babson 10 extended possessions.
Injury problems really hurt MIT. Regulars Adam J Gibbons ’05 and Gary R Atkins ’06 played very few minutes and were generally ineffective due to injury.
The loss set the Engineers back to 10-12 (3-8) on the season. Their last game of their season is tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Rockwell Cage against Springfield.