Nov. 21, 2006
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Junior Charles Stone scored a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds and five assists to lead Connecticut College to a 66-48 victory over MIT, Tuesday night, in New London. Shavar Bernier keyed an explosive second half for the Camels, who moved to 2-1 on the young season with the win. After opening the campaign with an impressive victory against Middlebury, the Engineers have dropped two in a row.
For the second consecutive game, MIT was plagued by poor shooting from the outside. The Engineers shot 30% from the floor in the opening half, including 2-of-14 from beyond the arc. Despite the offensive woes, MIT escaped to the locker room at halftime with a 24-23 lead.
Although the Engineers were able to offset the Camels efficient attack in the first half (52.9%), Connecticut College ramped it up in the last 20 minutes, shooting a blistering 63% from the field on 15-of-24 shooting. Bernier's contributions proved critical as he finished 5-of-5 from the floor for 13 points, all in the second half. Christian Mosely also supplied a big boost, scoring 16 points during the tilt in only 14 minutes of action.
Will Mroz hit a three for MIT with one second remaining the first frame to give Tech the edge at the break, and the Engineers maintained their advantage until the Camels connected on back-to-back triples with 12 minutes left in regulation. The baskets sparked a 27-12 run for Connecticut College and it never looked back en route to the second win in its last three tries against the Cardinal and Gray.
Freshman Erich Bracht paced MIT with his first career double-double, scoring 13 points and adding a game-high 11 rebounds. The Engineers have had a different player lead the team in scoring in all three games this season.
Mroz finished 4-of-7 from the field and added 11 points, while sophomore Jimmy Bartolotta closed with 10. MIT shot just 18.2% (4-of-22) from three-point range and endured its worst loss in the history of the rivalry, which got its start in 1976.
The Engineers look to bounce back this Saturday at Suffolk University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.