Nov. 25, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Jimmy Bartolotta enjoyed one of the best offensive performances in MIT history, leading the Engineers to a wild, 94-81, victory at Suffolk University, Saturday afternoon. Rookie Erich Bracht also supplied a tremendous effort in the win, while the Cardinal and Gray finished the game 35-of-43 from the free-throw line.
After struggling from the field in its last two starts, MIT rebounded in a decisive way on Saturday by hitting all five of its first-half three's and building a 25-8 lead midway through the opening period. Bartolotta paced the hot start with three triples, while Will Mroz and Billy Johnson also hit from deep.
The Engineers shot 64% in the first half, but led just 55-50 at the break as Suffolk proved resilient with solid offensive play of its own. Brian Small scored all 19 of his points in the first stanza and John Murphy added 11, while Bartolotta scored 21 in a half for the second time this season in leading MIT.
Although the Rams stayed within striking distance all afternoon, the Engineers remained on top with a combination of post play and execution at the free-throw line. Tech scored 35 points at the charity stripe and closed the tilt by shooting 81.4%.
Bartolotta scored over 30 for the second time this season, going 11-of-15 from the floor and 11-of-12 at the line. In addition to a career-best scoring total, Bartolotta added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Engineers also authored two double-doubles against Suffolk, highlighted by a 24-point, 11-board effort from freshman Erich Bracht. The 24 markers was a career-high for the rookie and gave Bracht his second consecutive double-double. Johnson also reached the milestone for the first time in his career, scoring 13 points and hauling in 11 boards.
Brad Schoonmaker scored 24 points to lead the Rams, while Small and Murphy each finished with 19. Suffolk's 81 points were the most surrendered by MIT in a winning effort since the Engineers grabbed an 88-87 victory over Babson in 1997.