Gritty Engineers Outlast Connecticut College, 47-43
Nov. 23, 2004
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Mike D'Auria scored a game-high 22 points to lead MIT (3-0) to a 47-43 victory over Connecticut College at Luce Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. The Engineers worked themselves out of another tough shooting performance and stifled the Camels' attack with a tremendous defensive effort.
It was a sour start to the game as MIT struggled to find points. Although the good looks were there, Connecticut College raced out to a 22-12 lead with 4:13 left in the opening half. Sophomore Alex Krull played arguably the best game of his career last night, and sparked the Engineers' late first-half run with a three from the top of the key. Backed by intense defensive pressure, the Engineers leveled the score at 24 by the time the halftime horn sounded.
"The guys found other ways to be effective tonight," said assistant coach Oliver Eslinger. "Our defense has always served as the catalyst for our team's energy."
Early in the second half, Evans Boney dove for a loose ball, reaffirming the Engineers will to win despite the sagging offense. Neither team generated much of an attack in the second half, but late in the period D'Auria and Mike Huhs canned back-to-back jumpers that pushed Tech ahead, 45-36. The Camels fought back, and when Jahkeen Washington stole an in bounding pass and fed Charles Stone for a low-post score, the Engineers lead was reduced to three with just 1:15 remaining in regulation. Connecticut College had several chances to move even closer, but MIT's defense kept the Camels at bay en route to its third straight win.
Tuesday's win avenged a loss against the Camels last season in Rockwell Cage. MIT's NESCAC-foe escaped Cambridge in 2003 with a 68-65 victory.