Buzzer-Beater Stuns MIT, 69-68
Nov. 27, 2004
BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Chris Devlin scored a layup on an inbounds pass as the horn to end regulation sounded, leading Suffolk to a huge upset over previously-unbeaten MIT, 69-68. The Engineers missed the front end on two consecutive one-and-one attempts from the free throw line to set up the Rams for the game-winning score.
The Rams rebounded the second missed free throw with 11 seconds left in the half, and charged down the floor trailing by one. Suffolk's Brad Schoonmaker had the hot hand, and the Rams were looking to get the ball into the hands of its shooter. Despite good pressure from the MIT defense, Schoonmaker took a pass at the top of the key and delivered an off-balanced shot that just missed off the rim. The ensuing rebound was knocked out of bounds by the Tech defense. With one second showing on the clock, both teams set up for the final play of the game. While MIT made sure the Rams' trio of scorers were heavily marked, no one picked up on Chris Devlin, who stood wide open under the left side of the basket. The smallest player on the floor, Devlin's game-winning layup was also his first field goal of the game.
MIT (3-1) shot under 40 percent from the floor for the third time this season, and although the team has been able to rely on its defense to pull out the wins, Suffolk shot a season-high 47.4 percent and forced the Engineers into a season-high 14 turnovers.
Once again Mike D'Auria paced the MIT offense, scoring 20 points and dishing out a season-best eight assists in the loss. Freshman Will Mroz also played well on the offensive end, closing with a career-high 17 points in just 21 minutes. Senior Adam Gibbons finished with 16 points, although his playing time was adversely affected by early foul trouble.
Most of Tech's offense came from the outside as MIT went 10-for-37 from three-point range, tying the school-record for long-range attempts. Unfortunately, while the Engineers remained icey from beyond the arc, the low-post game never fully developed and scored only 15 points. Junior Phil Murray led the way with eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Senior Mike Huhs added six points, eight boards and two blocks.
MIT missed a chance to record its second-best start since 1966, but will look to bounce back against NESCAC-power Tufts University on Tuesday night. The Engineers haven't defeated the Jumbos since the 1997-98 campaign, and lost last season's battle, 72-56.