November 19, 2007

MIT Men's Basketball Holds Off Emmanuel, 76-70

Nov. 18, 2007

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. - Junior guard Jimmy Bartolotta netted 31 points to lead MIT (1-1) to a 76-70 win over host Emmanuel College (0-2) in the Emmanuel College PEPSI Tip-Off Tournament Consolation Game. Following Western Connecticut's 75-63 victory over Moravian College in the championship, Bartolotta was named to the all-tournament team.

Bartolotta finished 11-of-18 from the floor and hauled in six rebounds for the Engineers, while adding three assists, a block and a steal. Forward Hamidou Soumare posted his second consecutive double-double to open the season with 16 points and 14 boards, and junior point guard Bradley Gampel chipped in with eight points and a career-high eight rebounds, while dishing out a game-best five assists in just 26 minutes of play.

MIT led by 14 points at the break as the Saints had few answers for Soumare's ability to create space in the post. Adding three blocked shots to his season totals during the first 20 minutes of play, Dou finished with a game-high 13 free throw attempts.

Emmanuel's defense committed 30 fouls for the game and sent the Engineers to the line 40 times. MIT, which was one of the top teams in the nation last year in free-throw percentage, converted 31-of-40 at the charity stripe free. The Engineers also out-rebounded the Saints by a 45-36 margin.

The Saints had the Yawkey Center rocking late in the second half after erasing a 16-point deficit. The Engineers' command of the game was adversely affected after the Saints were successful in sending Soumare to the bench with foul trouble midway through the frame. Junior forward Mack Spellman sparked Emmanuel's second-half surge, leading the Saints with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting and pulling down 12 rebounds. During a four-minute stretch with less than six minutes to play, the Saints connected on five three's. Spellman hit three of the triples while J.P. Ventura and Rob Williams-Hinton also connected from deep.

Emmanuel outscored the Engineers in the second stanza by a 42-34 margin, shooting 16-of-34 from the field, but MIT manufactured a win with a few key plays on its final two scoring possessions of the game.

Bartolotta provided the first clutch hit with a three-point play in the paint. Gampel followed up with a big effort in the final minute, breaking a 70-70 tie with a jumper from the foul line and closing 6-of-6 at the free-throw line to ice the victory.

MIT travels to Curry College for its next game on Tuesday, Nov. 20 marking the first meeting in the series since 1998. Bartolotta, who scored 55 points over the weekend, needs 40 more to become the 22nd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.