Jan. 19, 2006
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Mike D'Auria enjoyed one of the best games of his college career with personal high's of 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead MIT (12-4) to an 81-68 victory over Emerson College (4-9) in non-conference action at Pine Manor College. He added a game-best four steals and five assists as the Engineers cruised to their third straight win.
From a statistical standpoint, the Engineers dominated Thursday's match against the Lions. MIT owned the glass, out-rebounding Emerson, 44-24; The Cardinal and Gray closed 27-of-52 (51.9%) from the field and 21-of-25 (84.0%) at the free-throw line, while holding the Lions to 35.9% shooting for the game; and the Engineers recorded a season-high seven blocks with four players scoring in double figures.
Despite all the discrepancies, Emerson battled relentlessly. Behind tremendous defensive pressure, the Lions forced MIT into a season-high 25 turnovers. Ten of those turnovers were steals that resulted in 23 points.
The Engineers led nearly the entire game. D'Auria hit a three to give MIT its first double-digit lead with 6:05 remaining in the first half (26-15) and the Tech hardwood unit would cling to the double-figure advantage the rest of the night. With 29 seconds left in the opening half, a technical foul led to a five-point possession for D'Auria and the Engineers. D'Auria was hit on a jumper in the paint, which he still managed to finish before tacking on three consecutive free throws to give MIT a 40-23 lead at the break.
MIT expanded its lead to as many as 20 in the second half and led by 18 with just over three minutes left in the game. D'Auria was 5-of-6 in the period to pace the attack, while Danny Kanamori played an excellent half as well, dishing out seven of his game-high nine assists in the second frame.
The Lions cut into the lead behind the incredible offense of Will Dawkins, who scored 23 points in the final 20 minutes en route to a game-high 30 on 11-of-23 shooting. Alfredo Tovar added 16 for the game as the Lions relied on their guard combo to carry the attack.
Freshman Jimmy Bartolotta scored 16 for MIT. Bartolotta was 7-of-7 at the free-throw line in scoring double figures for the 10th game this season. Alex Krull added 12 points, while Phil Murray notched his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards.