Long-Range Shooting Propels Men's Basketball Over Gordon, 92-73
WENHAM, Mass. - The No. 20 MIT men's basketball hit a season-high 14 three-pointers on its way to a 92-73 win at Gordon College on Saturday afternoon. Jamie Karraker led the way, knocking down seven-of-nine from long range, as the Engineers improved to 6-1 on the season. Gordon fell to 2-5 with the loss.
Before the contest, Gordon honored their 2009-2010 team which set a school record with 24 wins and won The Commonwealth Coast Conference title, earning Gordon's 2nd trip to the NCAA tournament in school history. That team's graduates, Aaron Trigg, Brady Bajema, Benjamin Gaskill, Jeff Derr, and Tim MacDonnell were on hand for the banner raising.
Once the action started, Gordon jumped out to a 9-3 lead courtesy of strong inside play from Greg Walker (21 points) and David Dempsey (11 points). However, MIT drained their first 6 shots of the game from behind the 3-point line and would shoot 14 of 25 from downtown for the game. MIT took their first lead at 14-13 on a trey from Noel Hollingsworth and never trailed the rest of the way.
The Engineers shot 63% in the first half and closed the action with a running 18-footer by Mitchell Kates which beat the buzzer and put MIT up 56-40 at the break. Gordon was never able to get the deficit under double digits after the break although they were outscored only 36-33 in the second half.
Jamie Karraker had a huge day from long range for MIT, scoring 21 points and shooting 7 of 9 from long distance. His backcourt mate Mitchell Kates led all players with 23 points to go along with 8 assists and 7 steals. Will Tashman was a force down low scoring 15 points all in the first half. Billy Bender came off the bench to score 11 points and was one of 4 Engineers in double figures.
Walker's 21 points led Gordon, while Austin Bentson shot 3 of 6 from long range and finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dempsey had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, while JT Himmelstein added 9.
The Scots will look to break their losing streak on Tuesday when they host Wesleyan at 7:00 p.m. MIT hosts UMass-Boston at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Courtesy of Gordon College Sports Information