Feb. 10, 2007
Coutesy WPI Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - Jim Marois poured in a season-high 23 points to help host WPI defeat MIT 68-47 in NEWMAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. With the win, WPI improves to 19-2 overall and 9-1 in NEWMAC action while MIT drops to 12-11 and 5-6 in conference play.
After a tight first half that featured four lead changes and five ties, WPI used a 8-0 run to close out the stanza and take a 35-27 advantage into the locker room at the break. The home-standing Engineers then opened the second half with a 13-4 spurt and would not see their lead slip into single digits the rest of the day.
Marois did much of his damage in the first half, connecting on 6-of-7 shots from the floor en route to collecting 16 points. He finished the night with four three-pointers in six attempts while playing just 23 minutes. Marois, who had scored 17 points in each of the last two games, missed his career-high, established last January at Clark, by a single point.
Jerome Kirkland added to the WPI attack with 11 points and four steals while freshman R.C. Grady chipped in with 10. Adam Lirette scored seven points and dished out a game-best five assists without committing a turnover.
The MIT defense did a good job on both of WPI's top scorers, holding Ryan Cain and Antoine Coleman to six points apiece. Coleman gobbled up a team-high six rebounds while Cain dished out three assists and was credited with a pair of steals.
Jimmy Bartolotta played well for MIT, scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds while dishing out four assists. Rookie Erich Bracht notched a double-double on the afternoon, tallying 12 points and grabbing a game-best 11 rebounds while Alex Krull tossed in 11 points and hauled in five rebounds for the visiting Engineers.