MIT Trumps Emerson, 66-58
Jan. 20, 2005
MIT's attack exploited Emerson's perimeter defense early, shooting 7-of-10 from three-point range in the first half. Adam Gibbons carried the offense in its initial surge, hitting five straight field goals and scoring 13 points in the first 10 minutes. Emerson stayed close behind the interior play of Steve Georgoulis and Dan Zinchuk, who sparked a late first-half run that reduced a once-double digit lead for MIT to four points at the break (32-28).
The Engineers were cooking from the floor at the start of the second half as well, only this time, D'Auria and Danny Kanamori supplied the firepower with three three's of their own. Once again, the Lions battled back, and after Graham Stephen answered Tech's backcourt with two long bombs, Emerson enjoyed its first lead of the period at 45-44 with nine minutes left in regulation.
Despite committing a season-high 24 turnovers, the MIT defense secured an important home win with timely rebounding and a few key blocks. Freshman Hamidou Soumare provided a big emotional lift for the Cardinal and Gray with two blocks and eight rebounds. The rookie also added five points and converted a critical three-point play that kept a charging Emerson squad at bay. Danny Kanamori may have sealed the Lions' fate after converting three straight free throws that increased Tech's lead to 59-50 with just under four minutes to play.
D'Auria added a team-high five assists and three steals for the Engineers, while Kanamori scored a season-high 16 points and had three thefts of his own. After a scorching start, the Lions held Gibbons in check, although MIT's senior co-captain closed with 15 points and four assists. Mike Huhs also reached double-figures with 10 points and eight caroms off the glass.
Steve Georgoulis and Graham Stephen led Emerson with 12 points a piece.