January 8, 2005
Wheaton Slips Past MIT, 74-64
Jan. 8, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Brian Zukowski scored a game-high 23 points, including 5-of-5 from beyond the arc, and senior captain Mike Stanton added 19 behind five more three's as Wheaton (9-2, 2-0) upended MIT (6-4, 1-1) in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game in Rockwell Cage. With the win, the Lyons take sole possession of first place in the NEWMAC.
Saturday's tilt stayed close for most of the afternoon. After trailing, 28-22, Wheaton closed out the first half with a 7-0 run that gave the Lyons a 29-28 lead at the break. In the second half, Zukowski was the trigger man from the outset, and used a three-point field goal and two free throws to push the Lyons to their largest lead just moments into the half at 36-31.
The lead changed hands five times in the frame as MIT clawed back with even scoring from its attack. A season-high five players registered double-figures for Tech's hardwood unit, but it wasn't enough to offset the Wheaton offense, which shot over 56 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, including 8-of-10 from three-point range. MIT junior Phil Murray closed the gap to six with 21 seconds left; however, the Lyons sealed the Engineers' fate with six straight free throws to end the game.
Mike D'Auria led MIT with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Mike Huhs recorded his second consecutive double-double, adding 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to the Engineers totals. Also reaching double-digits for the Engineers were Adam Gibbons (11), Danny Kanamori (10) and Murray (10).
Five players totaled at least two assists for the Lyons, who routinely scored open jump shots with great ball movement. Stanton supplied the defense with a team-high seven boards, while Mark Ledwell and Sean Kelly each chipped in eight points.