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The Tech’s Athlete of the Week: Jimmy Bartolotta ’09

On Saturday, December 6, James M. “Jimmy” Bartolotta ’09 scored 31 points, leading the men’s basketball team to a 79-66 victory over the Tufts University Jumbos. This impressive performance put Bartolotta’s career total at MIT over 1,700 points, making him the first Institute basketball player to reach that mark. The previous record, which had stood unchallenged for 32 years, was held by Campbell Lange ’76, who finished his career at MIT with 1,699 points.

Bartolotta has been having a streak of successful games, Saturday’s match-up with Tufts marked the fourteenth 30-point game of his career, and the fourth this season. His previous three 30-point games this year came back-to-back against Curry College, Suffolk University, and Salem State College. Additionally, Bartolotta has now netted at least 12 points in 38 consecutive games, an impressive streak that dates back to his sophomore year.

In the Engineers’ game against Curry on November 25, Bartolotta scored 43 points to set another Institute record for points scored in a single game. That record had stood for 46 years, having been set by David H. Koch ’62 against Middlebury College. Koch is of course better known for his presence on the MIT corporation and as the principal donor to the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

—Aaron Sampson, Sports Editor