Boston, Mass. (February 23) -- Five members of the MIT men's basketball team have been named to the 2016-17 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference Teams. The team consists of 16 student-athletes, with MIT's five marking the most among the league's member institutions.
Earning Academic All-Conference honors are senior Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.), junior Spencer Rust (Los Alamos, Calif.) and sophomores Bradley Jomard (Paris, France), Dakota Pierce (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). This is the third Academic honor for Butala, while Rust is recognized for a second time.
In order to be eligible, honorees must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale after the 2016 fall semester, while achieving second-year academic status and being a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
The Engineers, who are currently 19-6 overall and the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, take on No. 3 seeded WPI on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the conference semifinals. The winner of that semifinal will advance to take on the winner of the Babson/Springfield game on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. The semifinals and final are being held at Babson's Staake Gymnasium.