Jan. 18, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Mike D'Auria scored 17 points and collected a game-high five assists to lead hot-shooting MIT (7-7, 2-3 NEWMAC) past Clark University (4-10, 1-3), 68-58. The Engineers shot a season-best 55 percent from the floor in snapping a four-game skid against its Conference foe.
After spotting the Cougars a 7-2 lead five minutes into the game, Tech's offense began to fire on all cylinders. MIT connected on 15 of its 25 shots in the opening half. Sparked by D'Auria's two three's and eight points, the Engineers broke the game open midway through the period with a 10-point run. Another eight point run behind the low-post efforts of Mike Huhs and Hamidou Soumare stretched the MIT lead to double-figures with three minutes to play. The Engineers added to their advantage with a strong finish, securing their final points of the period as senior Adam Gibbons laid one in at the buzzer.
Coming out of the locker room with a 36-19 lead, the Cardinal and Gray continued its torrid pace from the field. After Will Mroz knocked down a three-point field goal two minutes into the half, the Engineers took their largest lead of the game at 46-25.
Clark sliced into the MIT lead with a dominating performance on the glass. The Cougars outrebounded MIT, 38-16, ensuring Tech's lowest rebounding total since Feb. 5, 2000. A 12-point run of its own enabled Clark to slide within nine points of the Engineers, but Alex Krull quickly delivered a three that pushed Tech's lead back to 12 and silenced the Worcester crowd. MIT's lead stayed in double-digits the rest of the way en route to its third straight victory over Clark dating back to last season.
Mike Huhs added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Engineers to finish just back of D'Auria's game-high 17. Seven other MIT players scored in the tilt, with Adam Gibbons and Alex Krull each contributing eight.