Jan. 3, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jimmy Bartolotta seems to improve every night out. The sophomore guard and reigning NEWMAC Rookie of the Year continued his impressive second year donning the Cardinal and Gray after turning in a dominating all-around performance to lead MIT (6-5) to an 80-63 victory over NAIA opponent, Fisher College, at Rockwell Cage, Wednesday night.
The final score wasn't indicative of how easy the Engineers pushed past Fisher (4-8) in the first action for both teams in two weeks. MIT had assists on 26 of its 30 field goals and went deep into its bench early in the second half. Bartolotta paced all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting, while Erich Bracht added 20 and senior Alex Krull chipped in a career-high 19. Bracht, a rookie from Highlands Ranch, Colo., earned his second consecutive double-double after pulling down a game-best 14 rebounds.
Bartolotta was once again impressive for MIT on the offensive end as he posted his fourth 30-point game of the campaign, but he managed to fill the stat sheet with impressive play at both ends of the floor. Bartolotta added nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal and finished 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
The Engineers scored the first 10 points of the night and led by double figures over the final 30 minutes of the game. Bartolotta, Bracht and Krull did most of the scoring, but other players factored into Tech's strong play. Sophomore Bradley Gampel dished out a career-high 10 assists and back-up point guard Patrick Sissman added five dimes without a turnover in 16 minutes of play.
Krull connected on a jumper with 18:45 to play in the second half to give MIT its largest lead of the tilt at 49-25 and after the Engineers advantage hovered between 17 and 23 points for the rest of the frame.
Michael Newcombe served as a bright spot for the Falcons, scoring 23 points, while adding three assists and two steals. Newcombe was the only Fisher player to score in double digits, but Jofre Cruz kept the Falcons from falling even further behind by canning three three's in the second period en route to nine points.
Like last season's match-up in which the Engineers escaped with an eight-point win, MIT dominated the glass, out-rebounding Fisher, 37-20.