Jan. 31, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Derek Yvon scored 17 points to pace four Springfield players in double-figures as the Pride (7-13, 2-5) climbed back into the NEWMAC race with a 62-56 victory over MIT (13-6, 5-3). The win for Springfield off-set a career performance by Tech senior point guard Danny Kanamori, who totaled a game-high 26 points including 6-of-13 shooting from three-point range.
Springfield snapped a seven-game losing streak on the road en route to its second straight win, but the outcome of the game remained in question until the final 30 seconds of regulation. The Engineers never led past intermission, and only earned their second tie of the half with just over one minute left in the game. Down by three, Kanamori's delivered his sixth three of the night from eight feet beyond the arc. The deep connect leveled the score at 54, but Yvon answered on the next possession with his only three-point field goal of the night to give Springfield a 57-54 advantage with 55 seconds still showing on the board. D'Auria tried to answer off a curl, but his shot rattled out and enabled the Pride to seal the win at the free-throw line.
MIT climbed back into Tuesday's tilt after allowing Springfield to race out to an early lead. Although the Engineers opened the contest with a 7-2 scoring edge, Springfield covered the next 10 minutes with a 20-5 run that pushed the Pride in front, 22-12. A three by Alex Krull slashed the deficit to seven, but back-to-back jumpers by Damian Farley and Brain Riley stretched the Pride's lead to 27-15 with 7:02 still left in the half. Springfield's lead hovered around 10 for the remainder of the period until Kanamori followed a three by Krull with a steal and fast-break lay-up that cut the advantage to 33-30. Riley tipped in a rebound at the buzzer as the Pride went to the locker room holding a five-point edge.
Five minutes into the second half, Springfield threatened to blow the game open again as Farley and Riley secured key points in the paint to give the Pride a 43-35 lead. Kanamori and Krull kept MIT in contention with consecutive jumpers, while D'Auria provided the game's first tie since 15:03 of the first half with a three that knotted the game at 44 with 11:54 to play. Despite battling back, Springfield never relinquished the lead.
Kanamori added three steals and three assists to a 9-of-17 performance from the field. D'Auria scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while hauling in a team-high 10 rebounds and four assists. Krull also notched double-figures on the offensive end, adding 10 points to Tech's totals. Kanamori, D'Auria and Krull combined to make 18 of MIT's 19 field goals as the rest of the team combined to go 1-of-14.
Yvon paced the Pride, but the NEWMAC leading scorer finished just 6-of-20 from the floor including 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Farley tacked on 13 points with Mike DeCesar chipping in 10. Brian Riley notched a double-double after scoring 11 points and adding a game-best 11 boards. Anthony Pizzo had seven feeds to lead all players in assists.