Jan. 7, 2005
NEW LONDON, Conn.- Senior Mike Huhs enjoyed arguably the finest performance of his career, scoring 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to go with a game-high 12 rebounds and three blocks as MIT defeated Coast Guard, 70-52, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams Thursday night.
MIT jumped out to a 21-5 lead, holding Coast Guard to just one field goal for the first 12:45 of the game, and led the Bears at halftime, 31-23. The Engineers stretched their lead to 44-29 during the first five minutes of the second half. Ryan Ball, who led Coast Guard with 14 points, hit back-to-back three pointers to slice the deficit to 46-38 with 10:49 to play. That was as close as the Bears would get as MIT scored nine of the next ten points to pull away.
Mike D'Auria added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal and Gray, while freshman Will Mroz had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting for MIT (6-3, 1-0). Danny Kanamori made his much-anticipated return to the Engineers' lineup, scoring eight points, grabbing six boards and notching four assists. His return was only overshadowed by the fact that MIT played so well as a team.
"Our team defense played as well as it had all season," noted assistant coach Oli Eslinger. "We were able to play a lot of guys, because everyone was working hard."
MIT held Coast Guard to just 28.6 percent from the floor, and outrebounded the Bears, 39-33. With the loss, Coast Guard drops to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.