Hot Trigger At The Free-Throw Line Fuels 74-66 Win For The Engineers
Nov. 30, 2006
By Endicott Sports Information
BEVERLY, Mass. - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology finished 19-for-20 from the free-throw line in propelling to a 74-66 win at Endicott College on Thursday night. The victory was the third in a row for the Engineers, who moved to 4-2 on the season.
The Engineers got off to a hot start, as they jumped out to an early 9-3 lead. Endicott's Gary Corbett responded for the Gulls, as he scored the blue and green's first eight points. Trailing 14-8, senior center Mike Sullivan found classmate Nemanja Marinkovic with a slick backdoor look, pulling Endicott within four.
MIT's Will Mroz was a spark off the bench for the Engineers in the first half, as he quickly quieted the Endicott (1-4) crowd. The junior guard sank back-to-back three pointer's, building a 22-15 advantage for the visitors. The Engineers would close out the opening half on a 17-10 run, capped off by a nifty up and under buzzer beater by sophomore guard Jimmy Bartolotta that put the Engineers up 39-25 at the break.
The Gulls came out of the dressing room with an adjusted game plan, quickly opening the second half on a 10-2 run. Moments later, with the score 46-40 in favor of the visitors, MIT's Alex Krull hit one of the games biggest shots, as he connected from behind the arc to re-post the Engineers' nine point advantage.
Just when it looked like the game was out of reach, Endicott's Graham Whitelaw chipped in for a tough two points in the paint, cutting the lead to eight. Following an MIT turnover, it was Whitelaw again who found his way to the hole, as he picked up the basket and the foul, chopping the lead to 64-59.
In the game's final minutes, MIT showed its ability to get to the line. The efficient shooting Engineers capitalized on their opportunities, shooting a staggering 95% (19-of-20) from the free-throw line on the night.
With 48 seconds remaining in the contest and the Gulls down six, Endicott was forced to foul. MIT's Jimmy Bartolotta, who closed a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity line, sunk consecutive free throws to ice the game for the visitors.
The Gulls were paced by junior Todd Burton as he scored a team-high 15 points on the night. MIT was led by Bartolotta, as he dropped in a game-high 20 points. Krull added 19 points and a team-best four assists to the Engineers' totals. Bartolotta entered Thursday's contest averaging 23.4 points per game.