January 24, 2009

MIT Wins Fifth Straight Conference Game; Drops Clark, 83-72

Jan. 24, 2009

Box Score

Courtesy Clark Sports Information

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Jimmy Bartolotta scored a game-high 32 points to lead MIT to an 83-72 victory over Clark University at the Kneller Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. Winners of six straight, MIT, which remained undefeated in league play with a program-best 5-0 start, led by as many as 20 points late in the second half.

Bartolotta, who was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, finished 12-of-21 from the floor. He was joined in double-figures by classmate Billy Johnson, who scored 23 points, and freshman Jamie Karraker, who chipped in 10 after going 2-of-3 from the outside. Senior point guard Bradley Gampel led MIT (13-4, 5-0 NEWMAC) on the glass with eight boards while adding a game-high 10 assists and five steals.

For the third consecutive game, MIT shot at least 50% from three-point range as the Engineers finished 9-of-18 as a team. The team is 36-of-64 from deep during the three-game stretch, although Saturday marked the first time in five games that MIT finished with less than 10 three’s as a unit.

Clark (8-9, 3-3) was led by junior Mark Alexander with 22 points and four assists. Senior Peter Normandin and freshman Brian Vayda chipped in with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Normandin also picked up his first double-double of the year after grabbing 11 rebounds.

After Bartolotta’s bucket tied the game (15-15) for the third time at 11:55 of the first half, the Engineers went on a 9-2 run for a 24-17 lead with 8:20 remaining. Vayda snapped Clark’s scoring drought with a lay-up to close the gap to five (24-19), but a Bartolotta lay-in, steal and fast-break basket pushed MIT’s lead back up to nine (28-19) with 6:22 left.

Clark clawed its way back with an 8-0 spurt, featuring back-to-back trey’s by Normandin and Byron Roberts, to trail 28-27 with 3:43 on the clock. Bartolotta had 14 first half points to lead MIT to a 30-27 advantage into the break.

The Cougars got within two on a pair of free throws by Normandin in the opening minutes of the second half, but that’s as close as they would get. MIT used a 10-2 run, fueled by six points from Johnson, for a 43-33 advantage and never looked back.