MIT Powers Past RPI, 104-75
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT received double-doubles from senior Noel Hollingsworth (Salt Lake City, Utah) and junior Will Tashman (Atherton, Calif.) that led the No. 10 ranked Engineers to their third straight win to start the season, a 104-75 victory over RPI. It was the first time since the 2007-08 season that MIT has reached the century mark in a game.
RPI (1-1) started the game pressing MIT (3-0) and was successful at first, taking a 6-2 lead a little over a minute in on a basket from senior Matthew Pooley. RPI subbed five players at a time to keep the press fresh, but could not extend its early advantage. Hollingsworth, who finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, tied things up at six-all two minutes in and it remained close for the first 12 minutes of the game, with neither team taking more than a four-point advantage.
Pooley, who led RPI with 19 points, hit a three-point shot with 10:42 left in the half that put his squad up 23-22. It turned out to be the last lead that RPI would have during the afternoon, as a layup by sophomore Will Dickson (Dallas, Texas) on the next trip down the floor put MIT back on top. Junior Jamie Zajac brought RPI back to a tie at 26-26 with a free throw, but Hollingsworth corralled a missed three and hit the layup that gave MIT the lead for good with 8:59 left in the half. The Hollingsworth put-back started an 11-2 run over the next four minutes that pushed the MIT advantage to 37-28 on a free throw by senior Billy Bender (Woodlands, Texas).
Leading by nine at the half, MIT came out in the second half and pushed its advantage to 54-40 after a Tashman hoop. Zajac followed with a three for RPI that started his team on a comeback attempt. RPI went on a 13-3 run, keyed by two Zajac treys, and came within four at 57-53 after a pair of free throws by junior Brendan Farley with 14:58 to play.
Leading by five with 14 minutes left, senior Jamie Karraker (Morgantown, W.Va.) hit a three-point shot that ignited an 11-0 run that essentially put the game away for MIT. Despite the defensive pressure put on by RPI, the MIT offense was able to defeat it and score inside as it pulled away for the victory.
Bender finished with 24 points and five assists for MIT, with Tashman recording his double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Karraker also reached double figures for MIT with 12 points, with junior Mitchell Kates handing out nine assists. Zajac was the only other player to reach double figures for RPI, scoring 18 and handing out four assists. RPI's press resulted in 21 turnovers for MIT, but RPI was able to only score 19 points off those miscues. MIT outshot its opponent, 60.7 percent to 37.7 percent and held a 47-25 advantage on the boards as well.
MIT will be on the road for its next contest as it travels to Emmanuel College for a 7:00 p.m. game on Nov. 22. RPI will also be on the road for a 7:00 p.m. game on Nov. 22 as it takes on The Sage Colleges in Albany.