Jan. 12, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After racing to a 48-18 halftime lead, MIT rested its starters in the second and coasted to an 84-53 non-conference victory against Newbury College on Monday night. Freshman Jamie Karraker dropped in a career-best 23 points for the Engineers, who improved to 6-1 since December 4.
Although MIT (10-4) fell behind 8-1 two minutes into the contest, the Engineers scored eight of the next 10 before a three by senior Jimmy Bartolotta gave MIT its first lead of the game at 13-10 with 13:35 on the clock. MIT broke the game open with a 16-3 run over the next four minutes while closing the first half with a 19-2 run that virtually sealed the win.
The Cardinal and Gray finished 10-of-22 beyond the arc in the first half and picked up 13 assists on 15 field goals. Bartolotta, who sat out the last 16 minutes of the contest and finished the night with 23 points, scored 21 in the opening half on 5-of-11 shooting from the outside.
In the second half, the Engineers turned to their bench while Karraker was the only starter to log significant minutes. A lay-up by fellow rookie Billy Bender with 14 minutes left gave MIT its largest lead of the evening at 64-24.
“Stepping out of conference play, I was pleased with the way we played defense in the first half,” remarked head coach Larry Anderson. “I was also encouraged by the play of our freshmen tonight, as well as Patrick Sissman and Travis Tucker, who were solid for us off the bench.”
Karraker closed 5-of-11 from three-point range and was a heavy contributor in MIT’s long-distance attack. The Engineers finished 13-of-29 from deep (44.8%) with Eric Zuk going 2-for-3 and Billy Johnson adding another during the first half.
Despite sitting on the bench for most of the second frame, Bartolotta added five assists, four rebounds, three steals, and a block to his offensive output. Johnson chipped in 14 points in 22 minutes while Zuk dropped in 12. Bender delivered a monster performance on the glass and closed with a game and career-high 13 rebounds. He added two assists, a pair of steals, and three points. All nine players entering the game logged at least 10 minutes while a season-high eight players saw at least 20 minutes of action.
Walky Magloire enjoyed a big second half for Newbury (2-6) and finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Paul Beckford added eight boards and eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, while Kevin Cleveland had 11 points, five assists, and five rebounds.