January 11, 2005

WPI Survives Scare; Drops MIT, 73-69

Jan. 11, 2005

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Ryan Cain scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second-half to lead WPI (11-1, 2-0) to a, 73-69, come-from-behind win against MIT in Rockwell Cage. The Cardinal and Gray led by as many as 14 points against Worcester's Engineers, but a 61-percent shooting effort in the final 20 minutes propelled WPI over the host-Engineers (6-5, 1-2) in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action.

 

Mike Huhs had another tremendous effort, and has easily enjoyed his finest week as a collegian. Totaling a team-high 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, Huhs' jumper at 18:46 of the second half gave MIT a commanding 41-27 edge. Weathering MIT's fast start, WPI erased the deficit with a 15-2 run over the next six minutes. Ryan Cain capped the run with a jumper that lifted WPI to a 44-43 lead at 12:29; WPI's first lead since the opening moments of the game.

 

WPI continued to extend its pressure, and stretched its advantage to 57-50 with 7:26 left in regulation. Sparked by freshman Hamidou Soumare's consecutive blocks, MIT made a run of its own that closed with Danny Kanamori sinking a three, and handing the lead back to MIT at 60-59 with 4:31 on the clock.

 

The final minute of the game featured a flurry of action. Ryan Cain nailed another triple to push WPI ahead by three, but Mike Huhs responded with a great move in the post that narrowed the edge to 68-67. Turning to its star player when they needed it the most, 2004 NEWMAC MVP, Mike Prestileo, connected on a jumper with 20 seconds left and pushed the lead back to three. Mike D'Auria had a chance to tie, but his contested three hit the front rim and enabled WPI to seal an important road win at the line.

 

D'Auria finished with 16 points and seven assists, while Adam Gibbons and Danny Kanamori each reached double figures with 12 and 10, respectively. WPI relied heavily on the two-man game of Cain and Prestileo. While Cain shouldered the load on Tuesday, Prestileo added 15 points as WPI's scoring tandem enjoyed another successful night.