January 9, 2007

Babson Pulls Away From MIT, 56-47

Jan. 9, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Fueled by sophomore Zach Etten and junior Chris Bradley, Babson (8-5, 2-0) orchestrated a pivotal 15-6 run midway through the second half before hanging on for a 56-47 victory over MIT (6-7, 0-2), Tuesday night, in Rockwell Cage. The Beavers kept the Engineers' comeback bid at bay by winning the battle of the boards, while snagging 14 steals.

MIT sophomore Jimmy Bartolotta turned in another solid effort for the Cardinal and Gray, leading all scorers with 19 points and six assists. He also added five rebounds, four steals and two blocks, but the second-year swingman was unable to offset Babson's balanced offensive attack and strong perimeter defense.

Senior Brandon Eigenberg scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the second half, while the Babson guard picked up seven rebounds and four steals. Etten also reached double figures for the Beavers, scoring 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Babson's Bradley was a difference maker in both teams' second conference game, scoring nine points and hauling in a game-best 10 rebounds, while holding MIT rookie Erich Bracht to the lowest scoring total of his brief career. Averaging a double-double on the season, Bracht finished 1-of-2 from the field for two points and a team-high eight boards.

The first half in the early-evening tilt was evenly played, with strong defense preventing either squad from gaining an advantage. After a lay-up by freshman Ted Keith at 3:49, the Engineers grabbed their largest lead of the game at 21-15. However, four quick points by Eisenberg and a jumper by junior Greg Bush erased the lead and leveled the score at 21 as the halftime horn sounded.

Babson's scoring run in the second half pushed the Beavers ahead by 12 with just under eight minutes left in regulation, and the Engineers struggled to climb back into contention. MIT would eventually get as close as five (50-45) after Bartolotta sank a pair of free throws, but Babson responded with six points of its own from the charity stripe to seal the win.