Nov. 20, 2004
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - MIT men's basketball captured it's first-ever tournament championship after defeating Endicott College, 74-69, in the finals of the UMass-Dartmouth Tip-Off Tournament. Senior Adam Gibbons hammered out 45 points and seven steals during the two-day swing, and was named Tournament MVP.
The Engineers led the entire way versus the Gulls, sticking with their starting five to inflict most of the damage. Gibbons paced the team in scoring for the second straight game, totaling a game-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range.
Junior Mike D'Auria scored 19 points in the win, while also adding a game-high four steals and three assists. Endicott (1-1), who qualified for the 2004 NCAA Tournament, couldn't contain MIT (2-0) from the outside as the Cardinal Red and Silver Gray shot 56 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore Alex Krull contributed in stretching the Gulls' defense by adding a career-high 10 points.
MIT is back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in a showdown versus NESCAC-foe, Connecticut College. The Engineers lost to the Camels last season in Rockwell Cage.
Saturday's game marked the first meeting against Endicott College in the history of MIT basketball.