Jan. 3, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Facing its first Division I opponent in 18 years, MIT was unable to keep pace with Yale’s size and depth as the Bulldogs outscored the Engineers by 10 in each half en route to an 86-63 victory at John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday.
Senior Jimmy Bartolotta wowed the largest crowd the Engineers have seen this season with several spectacular plays, but despite his terrific performance and game-high 32 points, MIT (7-4) had few answers for Yale’s (3-9) inside attack. The Bulldogs finished with a decisive advantage in points in the paint (48-28), second chance points (18-2), and points off the bench (36-2). Yale also took advantage of MIT’s 22 miscues, outscoring the Engineers 28-11 off turnovers.
MIT enjoyed its last lead of the game at 8-6 with 15 minutes on the clock, and trailed 14-12 eight minutes into the first half. A seven-point run, sparked by five straight points from Chris Andrews, stretched the Bulldogs’ advantage to 21-14, and MIT’s Ivy League foe never looked back. The Engineers were still only down by six with eight minutes left in the opening frame, but Yale doubled-up MIT the rest of the way en route to a 42-29 lead at the break.
The Engineers continued to battle in the second half while a three from Bartolotta sliced Yale’s lead to 50-40 with 13 minutes left in regulation. The Bulldogs responded to MIT’s push with nine consecutive points, including three dunks, and the home team coasted the rest of the way.
“We’re disappointed in the loss, but we don’t feel defeated,” said head coach Larry Anderson. “Being off since December 9, we’re still working our way back into game shape. Hats off to Yale for playing an excellent game, and I was proud of our effort, although we didn’t play as well as we are capable of playing. We need to be better prepared and execute more efficiently as we enter conference play.”
In addition to delivering his fifth 30-point game of the season, Bartolotta added three blocks and three steals on the defensive end. Billy Johnson chipped in 13 points and six rebounds, while rookie Jamie Karraker finished with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Bradley Gampel added four points and a team-best six assists while the rest of the MIT contingent combined to finish 0-of-9 from the field.
Jordan Gibson scored 13 points to lead Yale with Ross Morin and Travis Pinick each adding 12 markers. Morin hauled in a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs’ 44-32 edge on the glass, while Pinick dished out a game-best eight assists.
The victory moved Yale’s all-time record against MIT to 6-0 as the teams met on the hardwood for the first time since 1973. The game marked the Engineers’ third game versus a Division I opponent since 1986. The Cardinal and Gray dropped a close decision to Harvard during the 1985-86 campaign, while losing at Stony Brook in 1990.