PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island College held MIT to just 32 percent shooting and the Engineers saw just one player reach double figures in scoring as they fell to the Anchormen, 53-37, in a non-conference men's basketball game this evening. Sophomore Tim Butala (Monroe, Conn.) led MIT with 11 points while Chris Burton was one of three players for Rhode Island College in double figures with 15 points.
Freshman Spencer Rust (Alamo, Calif.) put MIT (7-2) on the board and tied the game at 2-2 early on for the Engineers. But back-to-back three-pointers by Eric Alleyne gave Rhode Island College (7-3) a 9-2 lead five minutes in.
After a Butala layup at 15:25, MIT did not score again for over six minutes when junior Lampros Tsontzos (Amarousion, Greece) delivered a layup for the Engineers. Rhode Island College took advantage of the scoring drought, putting together a 12-0 run that saw the Anchormen take a 21-4 lead midway through the half on a Patrick Matthews free throw.
Tsontzos' basket and a trey from senior Nicholas Prus (Arlington Heights, Ill.) gave MIT five quick points that led to a 13-4 run that put the Engineers back into the game, cutting the Rhode Island College lead to 10 at 27-17 after a basket by junior Ryan Frankel (New York, N.Y) with 4:33 left. That was as close as MIT would get, however, as a three-point shot by Chris Burton broke the MIT run and helped the Anchormen go on to take a 32-19 lead at the half.
A three by senior Dennis Levene (Weston, Conn.) gave MIT its first points of the second half and had the Engineers back within 10 at 32-22. Burton answered for Rhode Island College with a dunk, with his shot starting a 12-6 surge over the first eight minutes of the half that produced a 44-28 advantage after a layup by Jerelle Washington.
MIT battled back and a pair of free throws from Frankel coupled with a trey by Prus had the Engineers back within 11 with 9:31 to go. After a total of only three points were scored over the next five minutes, Butala hit another three that brought the deficit under 10 points at 46-37 with 4:47 left. That proved to be the last points of the game for MIT, however, as the Engineers missed on their final five field goal attempts of the game. The Anchormen closed the contest on a 7-0 run, getting four of those points from Alleyne, as they came away with the victory.
Victor Smith came off the bench to add 11 points for Rhode Island College, which also received 10 points and six assists from Alleyne. Levene led all players in the game with eight rebounds, with Terrance Tribble leading Rhode Island College with five.
MIT will play one more time before taking time off for finals and the Holidays, with the Engineers traveling to Bridgewater State on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. contest.