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With a New Lineup, Men...s Hoops Defeats Mount Ida Mustangs

By Erin Munsell

The MIT Men’s Basketball Team won convincingly last Tuesday night, defeating the Mount Ida Mustangs 62-49. With this win, the Engineers are now 7-1, while Mt. Ida dropped to 1-7.

MIT was first to score as Daniel F. Kanamori ’06 drove the lane, and made a basket while being fouled, then made the free throw to complete the three point play. MIT was up 3-0 and never trailed at any time during the entire game. The Engineers maintained momentum after starting out strong, beginning the game on a 12-3 run.

However, Mt. Ida fought back to 20-18, cutting the Engineers’ lead to 2, the smallest of the game. This was because of a few sloppy plays from the Engineers, trying to play too fast or making bad passes. MIT recovered slightly before the half was over, stretching their lead to 8 at half-time, 33-25.

The Engineers started the second half as strong as the first. They opened with a 13-3 run, bringing their lead to 46-28. The Engineers played very well in the beginning of the second half; midway through their lead was 52-32.

However, with such a large lead, the defense began to drop off a little and Mount Ida went on a 11-2 run and trailed by only 11 with 5 minutes to play. But MIT regained the initiative and won very comfortably by 13, 62-49.

Michael W. D’Auria ’06, led the Engineers with 15 points, while freshmen guard James M. Bartolotta ’09 added 13. Kanamori’s quick play added another 11 points, along with 7 assists and 3 steals. Starting center Adam Juneau ’09 had his second impressive game in a row, leading the team with 10 rebounds.

This was the last game for the Engineers in 2005; play begins again on January 3. MIT is off to an impressive start this year, going 7-1 in nonconference play. Let’s just hope the Engineers can finish off strong as well when they begin play in 2006.