Nov. 20, 2007
MILTON, Mass. - Junior Jimmy Bartolotta poured in a career-high 38 points and tied a career-high with eight assists to lead MIT to a 101-77 victory at Curry College in the first meeting between the two schools in nine years. The Engineers were happy to accommodate the Colonels' fast-paced attack which resulted in numerous points in transition as MIT enjoyed its most explosive offensive effort since 2002.
Both teams began the game hot from the floor while Curry (2-1) grabbed an 18-16 lead six minutes into the action behind a three by James Bartelle. Bartolotta responded with five consecutive points to push MIT (2-1) in front for the rest of the night, but it wasn't until late in the opening half that the Engineers began to find their groove. Paced by a break-out effort by junior forward Alex Bagley, MIT closed the half with a 15-4 run and took a 45-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Curry standout Tim Jones scored the first basket of the second half to slice the MIT lead to 11, but it would be as close as Curry would get as the Engineers exploded for a 20-6 run to put the game out of reach midway through the second half.
"I thought we played really well," noted point guard Bradley Gampel. "Our passing was the best it's been this season and the team played with a lot of composure against a very athletic Curry squad."
MIT grabbed its largest lead of the evening with just under three minutes left in regulation, moving in front 100-70 as Bartolotta capped an impressive night with a pair of makes at the free-throw line.
Bartolotta finished a staggering 16-of-21 from the field while adding five rebounds and three steals in another well-rounded effort. His 38-point performance marked the highest single-game total for an MIT player since Ray Nagem scored 39 during the 1980 season.
Bagley paced MIT's best output from the bench this season, scoring 13 points and hauling in six boards. Hamidou Soumare and Billy Johnson also reached double figures for the Cardinal and Gray. Dou scored 11 points but failed to gain a third consecutive double-double as he closed the game with seven rebounds, while Johnson chipped in 10 points for the Engineers' attack.