November 6, 2004

Basketball's Quest For A Conference Championship Begins In Victory

Nov. 6, 2004

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's basketball opened its season on Saturday looking at a potential NEWMAC crown with sincere optimism. The Engineers showed flashes of a team ready to take the leap to the forefront of the league with a 93-60 victory over Mount Ida College in a scrimmage on Saturday.

The Engineers utilized a large part of their stable in the win, benefitting from great low-post balance to compliment the team's dangerous outside shooting. MIT shot 54 percent from the floor (30-56), and was even better from three-point range (10-17). In its first test of the new season, Tech was successful executing its offense, and for the most part did a good job keeping the floor balanced.

"We saw some good things," noted assistant coach Oliver Eslinger. "Obviously, we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but today was a good start."

Junior Mike D'Auria led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Earning All-Conference accolades last season, D'Auria also added six assists. Senior Adam Gibbons supplied the offense with 15 points and five assists.

Gary Atkins, Phil Murray and Mike Huhs all scored nine points to lead a solid rotation in the frontcourt. MIT had great interior passing all afternoon, with each player dishing assists and collecting offensive rebounds.  Gary Atkins also showcased the discipline that head coach Larry Anderson is looking for this season after taking a charge on two consecutive Mount Ida possessions. Tech's rotation in the low-post included junior Evans Boney, who scored six points and hauled in a game-high five rebounds.

The Engineers also received an added boost in rookie guard Will Mroz. Touted as a tremendous shooter, Mroz confirmed those reports with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. At one point, the MIT freshman connected on three straight three-pointers in the second half and closed 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

The Engineers have one more exhibition before beginning season-play at the UMass Dartmouth Tournament on November 19 againt Roger Williams.