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Men’s basketball defeats Gordon College

The MIT men’s basketball team defeated Gordon College Saturday afternoon, 92-73 to improve their record to 6-1.

Gordon jumped out to a 9-3 lead just over three minutes into the game, but MIT responded with eight unanswered points to take the lead. Four of the Engineers’ first five field goals came from three-point range; the last of these threes gave MIT a 14-13 lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

The lead increased to 16 points, 56-40, at the half, on Mitchell H. Kates ‘13’s buzzer-beating 18-footer. MIT would hang on in the second half and cruise to victory.

The Engineers shot 56 percent from three-point range, accounting for 42 of their 92 points. James D. “Jamie” Karraker ’12 hit seven of his nine three-point attempts for 21 points, while Kates led all players with 23 points. William Tashman ’13 added 15 points and ten rebounds.

MIT next hosts UMass-Boston Tuesday evening as they try to extend their winning streak to six games.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor

Women’s basketball loses to Springfield College

The women’s basketball team fell 54-36 to Springfield College on Saturday, snapping their four-game winning streak. The defeat is the first NEWMAC loss for MIT, who are now 4-3 overall.

Both teams shot poorly from the field, with the Engineers making only 26% of their shots and Springfield making less than a third of theirs. The game remained close for much of the first half — although MIT never had the lead, they were only down by one point, 13-12, with just over seven minutes left in the first half. Springfield pulled away, however, at the end of the period, extending their lead to 28-18 at the break.

Springfield added to their lead in the second half, going ahead by 23 midway through the period, and held on for a 54-36 win.

Sydney B. Beasley ’14 led the Engineers with ten points off the bench.

MIT will seek to rebound from the loss when they visit Babson College Tuesday evening.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor