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In Last Home Game, Seniors Carry Men...s Hoops to Tight Win

By Albert Ni

In their final MIT home game, seniors Michael W. D’Auria, Daniel F. Kanamori, Phillip E. Murray, and Gary R. Atkins wanted nothing more than to lead Tech to victory. All four delivered, and Tech relied on a solid all-around game to secure a 73-67 victory over Lesley University (9-11), improving to 15-7 overall in what has been an excellent season.

In a game that was close from wire to wire, Tech was able to come up with huge shots and stops when needed. Murray generated offense consistently throughout the game, leading Tech with a career high 23 points while pulling down 9 rebounds.

Murray had plenty of help converting: Kanamori dished out 8 assists, and D’Auria contributed 7 as the two combined for more assists than the entire Lesley squad.

While D’Auria struggled with his shot, he still managed to score 14 points, make 2 steals, and add a team-high 10 rebounds, showing once again why Tech fans will miss seeing him on the floor next year.

Tech led 36-33 at the half and started pulling away after the break, opening up a 9 point lead. It was then that Lesley’s Toby Brittian started willing his team back into the game. Brittian finished with a game-high 32 points while grabbing 6 rebounds and pocketing 5 steals, one of which resulted in a monster two-handed slam.

Tech remained unfazed, even as Lesley closed the gap and tied the game at 58 with less than seven minutes to play. A key component of the Engineers’ strength was William D. Mroz ’08, playing in his first game in over a month. Mroz sank consecutive threes on the ensuing possessions as MIT’s defense managed to contain Brittian.

Down 3 with 30 seconds to play, Lesley had one final opportunity to tie the game, but could not convert. Five free throws later, the Tech seniors walked off the court, triumphing in their final home game.