Emmanuel Holds On Against MIT, 68-65

Dec. 10, 2004

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. - Despite a furious comeback, MIT men's basketball fell as Emmanuel College held off the charging Engineers, 68-65, at the newly-opened Jean Yawkey Center. The Saints scored the first 10 points, and led 16-2 eight minutes into the game.

 

Emmanuel College (3-2) was on fire in the first half, connecting on 54.5 percent of its shots from the floor. The Saints preferred to keep the ball on the floor, and used their athleticism to dice through the Tech defense. Emmanuel's quick feet also forced the Engineers into untimely mistakes as MIT set a season-high with 17 turnovers in the first half alone.

 

After weathering the opening surge, MIT (5-3) began to claw back behind the heroic efforts of Mike D'Auria and Adam Gibbons. The pair combined for 17 points and accounted for every assist as Tech inched closer, and reduced the lead to 38-28 at the end of the period.

 

MIT's hardwood unit continued to chip away at the lead in the second half. After D'Auria hit a three with 11:55 left in the game, the Engineers pulled within four for the first time since the opening minute at 47-43.

 

At the 5:05 mark, Alex Krull nailed a clutch three from the top of the key that reduced the Saints' advantage to 59-58. Looking to halt any chance of a comeback, Bobby Brown answered with a three for Emmanuel on the ensuing play that proved to be the dagger in the heart of MIT's growing momentum.

 

Trailing, 66-62, with six seconds on the clock, Gibbons stepped up and delivered a three that gave the Engineers new life. Emmanuel swished two free throws to push the lead back to three, and although MIT had a chance for the tie, Krull's mid-court attempt at the buzzer fell short.

D'Auria led MIT with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Gibbons added 17 points and six assists, while Phil Murray scored nine and grabbed a game-high seven boards.