Jan. 27, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Alex Krull and sophomore Jimmy Bartolotta combined to score 53 points and the Engineers withstood a late rally en route to a 71-62 victory over Newbury College, Saturday afternoon. Tech's top scoring tandem answered the Nighthawks' zone defense by connecting on 10-of-14 shots from behind the arc.
Freshman Heman Honore scored the first point of the game for Newbury at the free throw-line, but the one-point advantage was the only lead for the Nighthawks all game. Back-to-back three's by Krull lifted MIT to a 26-15 lead with 7:48 left in the first half, while the Engineers responded to a six-point surge from the Nighthawks by ending the half on a 15-7 run. Bartolotta capped the scoring with a deep three at the buzzer as the Cardinal and Gray left the floor up 41-27.
MIT threatened to blow the game open in the first part of the second half, and after Krull converted a three-point play at 12:58, the Engineers enjoyed their biggest lead of the tilt at 52-33.
Behind the outstanding post play of Honore, the Nighthawks slowly chipped away at the deficit. After a five-point explosion from Kevin Cleveland, MIT's sizable lead was reduced to 55-49 with eight minutes to go. Over the next five minutes, the Engineers took advantage of the good outside looks created from the zone defense and stretched the margin back out to 15. The Nighthawks closed the game on a 7-1 run, but the Engineers would hang on for their fourth win in six games.
Bartolotta enjoyed one of the best games of his college career despite not serving as the team's leading scorer. Finishing with 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting, he also hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds and dished out a game-high eight assists. Bartolotta added three steals in the game, while shooting 4-of-5 from three-point range and 8-of-8 at the free-throw line.
Krull led all players with 27 points, including a career-high six three-point field goals. Brandon Suarez and Erich Bracht chipped in eight points each, while the Engineers shot 57% from the floor and finished at 86% from the charity stripe.
Honore was virtually unstoppable in the paint for Newbury. The rookie from Medford, Mass. scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and added a team-high seven rebounds. Newbury secured 12 steals off 19 MIT turnovers, including five for Steven Morris and four for Cleveland. Morris, who scored 12 points and Arch Mitchell (10) also finished the game in double figures.