Feb. 1, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior forward Mike DeCesar, the reigning NEWMAC Player of the Week, scored 17 points, dished out five assists, and grabbed four rebounds as Springfield (15-5, 5-2) upended MIT (9-9, 3-5), 76-59, in Blake Arena. The game marked the Pride's fifth victory in six contests.
Springfield led by only two at the break, edging ahead of the Engineers, 33-31. The first half totals indicated a near draw after the first 20 minutes as each team shot the ball remarkably well in its offense.
The Pride opened the second half with a 20-9 run over the first 10 minutes to move ahead, 53-40, with 9:37 left to play. Tech, which was getting little offensively from its inside game, relied on its outside shooters to keep pace with Springfield's balanced attack. Springfield's edge rested at 59-48 with 6:01 remaining, when junior Derek Yvon hit an open three and followed with a lay-up to give the Pride a 16-point cushion (64-48), giving Springfield distance it wouldn't relinquish.
Mike D'Auria scored a game-high 19 points, while also collecting a game-high seven assists and a team-best six rebounds. Freshman Will Mroz gave the Engineers 14 points off the bench and Adam Gibbons scored a dozen from the other wing. MIT's outside trio, which scored 45 of the team's points, did most of their damage from long range. Gibbons and Mroz each knocked down four from beyond the arc and D'Auria added three more. Led by DeCesar, Springfield had four players reach double figures.