Krull Explodes For Career-High As MIT Rallies Past Coast Guard, 62-59

Jan. 11, 2007

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By Coast Guard Sports Information

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Alex Krull scored a career-high 31 points, including the final seven of the game and MIT (7-7, 1-2 NEWMAC) picked up its first win in conference play with a 62-59 victory at Coast Guard (8-5, 1-2). The Engineers outscored the Bears, 14-2, over the final 7:30 en route to the road upset.

The Bears' Al Sowers hit a three-pointer with 7:30 left in the game to give Coast Guard its largest lead of the night at 57-48. However, a staunch MIT defense allowed just one field goal the rest of the way.

Coast Guard led, 59-55, following a basket by Jeff Prebeck with 4:41 left before Krull's second straight hoop tied the game at 59-59 with with 1:51 left. Krull, who was 12-of-18 from the floor including 3-of-7 from three-point range, sank the second of two free throws for a 60-59 lead with 1:10 remaining. He then sank two free throws with 9.4 seconds left giving MIT the 62-59 lead. Sowers missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds which would have tied the game.

Krull scored 14 of MIT's first 21 points as the Engineers led 21-18 with 7:45 left in the first half. MIT led, 30-28, at halftime.

Jimmy Bartolotta added 12 points for MIT, while Erich Bracht scored six and led the Engineers with nine rebounds. MIT shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52).

Grant Johnson led Coast Guard with 17 points, including 4-of-4 from three-point range in the second half. Prebeck recorded his 12th straight double-double as he added 16 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds. Sowers added 16 points and a game-high four assists, while Steve Blum had 10 boards for the Bears.