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Men’s basketball improves to 4-1

Four different players scored in double-figures and MIT shot better than 50 percent from the field for the third time in five games during a 70-56 win over Emerson College Tuesday night. William Tashman ’13’s game-high 20 points and nine rebounds helped the MIT, ranked No. 20 in the country, improve to 4-1 on the season.

The teams traded baskets early on, with Emerson taking a 9-8 lead. From there MIT ran off six straight points on consecutive layups by William E. Bender ’12, Tashman and Mitchell H. Kates ’13 , to go up five. The visitors got back within two but the MIT would respond with a 19-6 run to take a 15-point advantage into the break. MIT connected on 65.2 percent of its shots during the opening stanza while holding Emerson to just 30.4 percent from the field.

Neither team would give way much during the first part of the second half, as Emerson used strong foul shooting to stay in the contest, making 16-of-20 from the charity stripe over the final 20 minutes. The Lions would not go quietly, getting as close as 13 in the final minutes, but the Engineers canned 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

The Engineers will return to Rockwell Cage on Thursday night, hosting Newbury College at 7 p.m.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff