2013-14 MIT Men's Basketball News

June 30, 2014
Glynn Selected as Head Coach at Nichols
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After helping the MIT men’s basketball program to a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over the past two years, associate head coach Tom Glynn will be leaving the Engineers after accepting the head coaching position at Nichols College.

June 6, 2014
Men’s Basketball Announces 2014-15 Freshman Class
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three incoming freshmen will add their names to the roster of the MIT men’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season Larry Anderson, the David H. Koch '62 Head Men’s Basketball Coach announced. Samson Donick (Tiburon Calif.), Spencer Rust (Alamo, Calif.) and Andy Wang (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) will join the ranks of the Engineers this fall.

March 7, 2014
Plattsburgh State Knocks Engineers Out of NCAA Tournament
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) recorded his 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough for the MIT men’s basketball team as the Engineers fell to Plattsburgh State, 76-53, in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

March 4, 2014
Acker, Redfield Earn All-NEWMAC Honors
BOSTON, Mass. – After helping the MIT men’s basketball team to its third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship in the last four years on Sunday, juniors Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) and Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) earned postseason honors from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference when the league announced its 2014 men’s basketball awards today.

March 3, 2014
MIT Headed to Plattsburgh for Opening NCAA Tournament Game
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. – After earning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament with a win over Springfield College yesterday in the NEWMAC championship game, MIT learned today where it will be playing its first round game when the NCAA revealed the 2014 bracket. The Engineers will be traveling to Plattsburgh, N.Y. where they will play Plattsburgh State on Friday.

March 2, 2014
MIT Upsets Springfield for NEWMAC Title
WORCESTER, Mass. – Tournament Most Outstanding Player, junior Andrew Acker (Marion Station, Pa.), posted his 13th double-double of the season to headline four MIT players in double figures to help the fourth-seeded Engineers knock off third-seeded Springfield 67-56 in the championship game of the NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Tournament played Sunday at WPI’s Harrington Auditorium.

March 1, 2014
MIT Upends WPI, 64-46, In NEWMAC Semifinal
WORCESTER, Mass. – In a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball tournament semifinal, No. 4 seed MIT broke open a contest that was tied at the half with a strong surge to open the second half and went on to upset No. 1 seed WPI, 64-46.

February 26, 2014
MIT Advances In NEWMAC Tournament With Win Over Emerson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 4 seed MIT hit six three-point shots in the first half to help build a six-point halftime lead as the Engineers went on to take a 64-56 victory over No. 5 seed Emerson College in a quarterfinal game of the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament. Freshman Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led MIT with a career-high 18 points while senior Jon Goldberg (Stowe, Vt.) led Emerson with 16 points.

February 24, 2014
NEWMAC Announces Winter Academic All-Conference Awards
BOSTON, Mass. – A league-leading 30 athletes represented MIT on the 2014 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Winter Academic All-Conference Team. Criteria includes a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale, achieving second year academic status at his or her institution, and being a member of a varsity team for the entire season.

February 22, 2014
Babson Topples MIT, 53-42
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a game that saw both teams shoot below 40 percent, Babson College won a defensive battle over MIT by a final of 53-42 in the final regular season game of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball season. Junior David Mack (Holden, Mass.) led all scorers for Babson with 15 points, while junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) led MIT with 13 points.

February 19, 2014
Strong First Half Carries MIT Past Emerson, 80-61
BOSTON, Mass. – MIT outscored Emerson College 18-5 over the last five minutes of the first half to break open a one-point game and went on to take an 80-61 victory in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball game. Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) led the Engineers with 24 points, while sophomore Ryan Frankel (New York, N.Y.) dropped in a career-high 23 points to lead MIT to the road victory.

February 15, 2014
MIT Gets Past Wheaton on the Road, 72-58
NORTON, Mass. – MIT overcame an early seven-point deficit and held off Wheaton College in the second half to claim a 72-58 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball victory. Junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) led the way for the Engineers with team highs of 21 points and nine rebounds. Agyei Gregory led all players for the Lyons with 23 points.

February 12, 2014
MIT Falls to WPI, 64-52
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT could not come up with a run when it needed it as it fell to No. 12 ranked WPI, 64-52, in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball battle in Rockwell Cage. WPI edged away midway through the first half and never looked back as it broke a two-game conference losing streak to stay atop the NEWMAC standings. MIT saw freshman Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) hit for a career-high 18 points, with WPI junior Domenick Mastascusa (North Reading, Mass.) sharing top scoring honors with his 18-point effort.

February 8, 2014
MIT Takes Defensive Battle at Coast Guard, 45-37
NEW LONDON, Conn. – MIT snapped a two-game losing streak this afternoon as the Engineers took a defensive-minded game at the U.S Coast Guard Academy, 45-37, in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball contest. In a game that saw the two teams combine to shoot 28 percent, MIT saw three of its players score 10 points each, including junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) who also added five blocked shots for the Engineers.

February 6, 2014
MIT Drops 59-51 Decision at Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT held a slim one-point lead at the half, but Springfield College opened the second half on an 8-2 run and held off the Engineers the rest of the way as they took a 59-51 men’s basketball victory in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference action. Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) led MIT with 14 points, while Alex Garstka came off the bench to lead Springfield with 17 points.

February 1, 2014
Shot In The Final Seconds Lifts Clark Over MIT, 56-55
WORCESTER, Mass. – A jumper with two second left on the clock by senior Jake Gubitose (Fiskdale, Mass.) lifted Clark University to a 56-55 victory over MIT in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball action this afternoon.

January 29, 2014
Strong Second Half Carries MIT Past Wheaton, 75-57
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Leading by just two points at halftime, MIT broke the game open midway through the second half as it took a 75-57 decision over Wheaton College in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference men’s basketball game. The Engineers picked up double-doubles of 23 points and 10 rebounds from junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) and 22 points and 15 rebounds from junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) on their way to the victory.

January 27, 2014
Redfield, Acker Lead MIT Past Emmanuel, 70-46
BOSTON, Mass. – Juniors Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) and Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) scored 17 and 16 points apiece to lead the MIT men’s basketball team to a 70-46 non-conference victory over Emmanuel College. Acker completed his team-leading 10th double-double of the season with 10 rebounds as the Engineers won their second straight game.

January 25, 2014
MIT Slips Past Emerson, 71-66
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Meeting for the first time as members of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), the MIT and Emerson College men’s basketball teams played a close on this afternoon in the Rockwell Cage. In a contest that saw neither team hold more than a seven-point advantage, the Engineers held off the Lions by a final of 71-66.

January 22, 2014
Babson Pulls Away In Second Half to Down MIT, 65-47
BABSON PARK, Mass. – It was a two-point game at halftime in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest between MIT and Babson College, but a 12-0 run midway through the second half carried the Beavers past the Engineers by a final of 65-47.

January 18, 2014
MIT Edges Springfield, 55-51
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) sank a pair of free throws with two seconds left that completed a 27-point afternoon and clinch a thrilling 55-51 victory for MIT over Springfield College in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference men’s basketball action. Freshman Nick McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) came off the bench and hit on 4-of-5 three-point attempts and led Springfield with 14 points.

January 15, 2014
MIT Holds Off Coast Guard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of free throws each by sophomores Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) and Russell Johnson (New York, N.Y.) in the final 19 seconds was enough for MIT to hold on and defeat the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 53-49, tonight in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup. Junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) led MIT (10-3, 2-1 NEWMAC) with 20 points while Coast Guard (2-11, 0-3 NEWMAC) was led by 15 points from sophomore Ricky Rodriguez (Caracas, Venezuela).

January 11, 2014
MIT Falls at No. 6 WPI, 59-47
WORCESTER, Mass. – MIT stayed close to No. 6 WPI for most of the game, but an off day from behind the three-point line was too much to overcome as WPI prevailed, 59-47. It was the first loss in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play for MIT, which received 14 points off the bench from freshman Ryan Frankel (New York, N.Y.).

January 8, 2014
MIT Puts The Clamps On Clark, 63-36
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT’s men’s basketball team successfully opened play in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference tonight, taking a 63-36 win over Clark University in the Rockwell Cage. The Engineers jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as their defense held the Cougars to just 19 percent shooting in the contest. Sophomore Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) led MIT with 20 points, the third straight game he has scored 20 for the Engineers.

December 14, 2013
MIT Shoots Its Way Past Wheelock, 81-51
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT shot 56 percent from the field and had four players reach double figures in scoring as the Engineers took an 81-51 decision over Wheelock College in non-conference men’s basketball play this afternoon. Junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) and sophomore Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) each hit for 20 points to lead MIT, while sophomore Joe Reedy (Orlando, Fla.) led Wheelock with 14 points.

December 9, 2013
MIT Cruises Past Newbury, 71-53
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Thanks in part to some strong, second-half three-point shooting from sophomores Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) and Ryan Frankel (New York, N.Y.), MIT broke open a close game and went on to take a 71-53 win over Newbury College in a non-conference men’s basketball game. Pedley finished with 20 points while Frankel tossed in a career-high 17 to lead the Engineers to the victory.

December 5, 2013
MIT Edges Salem State, 61-57
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT led by 12 points with seven minutes to play and then held off a late rally by Salem State University to take a 61-57 victory in men’s basketball action this evening. Junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) and sophomore Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) each had 15 points to lead the Engineers. Junior Bryan Ortiz (Salem, Mass.) led the Vikings with 19 points off the bench.

December 3, 2013
MIT Holds Off UMass Boston, 69-63
BOSTON, Mass. – MIT took a seven-point halftime lead and then held off UMass Boston in the second half as the Engineers knocked off the Beacons, 69-63, in men’s basketball action tonight. Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) recorded his second straight double-double with 27 points and 15 rebounds to help MIT (5-2) to the victory.

November 30, 2013
MIT Claws Past Rhode Island College, 54-38
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT saw its defensive effort in the second half pay off as it held Rhode Island College to just 19 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes, helping the Engineers to a 54-38 victory over the Anchormen in men’s basketball action this afternoon. Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) led MIT (4-2) with 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, while Junior Chris Burton (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was the only player in double figures for Rhode Island College with 11 points while also leading the team with five rebounds.

November 26, 2013
Tufts Pulls Away Late to Defeat MIT, 77-61
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) recorded a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as Tufts University pulled away in the final five minutes to break open a close game and take a 77-61 victory over the Engineers. Tommy Folliard led Tufts with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

November 23, 2013
Redfield’s Double-Double Leads MIT Past Curry, 69-62
MILTON, Mass. – Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) scored a career-high 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the MIT men’s basketball team to a 69-62 road victory over Curry College this afternoon. The Engineers built a 17-point second half lead and then held off a comeback attempt by the Colonels, who were led by Antonio Jones’ 16 points.

November 21, 2013
MIT Falls to Bridgewater State, 61-49
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A cold shooting second half for the MIT men’s basketball team allowed Bridgewater State University to pull away from the Engineers over the final 20 minutes as the Bears took a 61-49 win in Rockwell Cage. The victory was the 300th career win for Bridgewater State head coach Joe Farroba. Junior Michael Lofton (Mansfield, Mass.) led the Bears with 16 points while junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) led the Engineers with 13.

November 19, 2013
MIT Rolls Past Gordon, 67-48
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT used an 8-2 run to close out the first half, breaking open a close game to help the Engineers to a 67-48 victory over Gordon College in men’s basketball action tonight in Rockwell Cage. Junior Paul Dawson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) set new personal highs with 17 points and eight assists to lead MIT. Junior Hans Miersma (Whitinsville, Mass.) led the Fighting Scots with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

November 15, 2013
MIT Opens With 68-52 Win Over Lesley
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT saw its men’s basketball team open the 2013-14 season tonight with a 68-52 victory over Lesley University. The Engineers took their first lead in the game two minutes in and never trailed again and were led by sophomore Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) who hit seven three pointers on his way to a career-high 23 points.

November 12, 2013
Harvard Runs Past MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In what has become a tradition over the last few years, the MIT men’s basketball team traveled just down the street to take on Harvard in a beginning of the season matchup. In a contest that is an exhibition on the Engineers schedule and a regular season game on the Crimson’s, Harvard took advantage of its experience and athleticism early on and cruised to a 79-37 victory. Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) led MIT with 14 points and nine rebounds.

November 6, 2013
Men’s Basketball Second in Preseason NEWMAC Poll
BOSTON, Mass. – MIT’s men’s basketball team has been picked second in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll announced by the conference today. WPI was picked as the favorite to win the 2013-14 title, with Babson College following MIT in third in the poll.

August 6, 2013
Men’s Basketball Announces 2013-14 Freshman Class
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT’s men’s basketball program has announced that six players will make up the 2013-14 freshman class. The group will join the roster of an Engineer squad that finished 20-6 in 2012-13 and tied for first-place in the final New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference standings.