Engineers Lock Up Rams, 84-46
Nov. 26, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT (4-0) showcased its new-found depth and defensive intensity as the Engineers' record remained unscathed this season after an 84-46 victory over Suffolk University, Saturday, at Rockwell Cage. Twelve different players scored for the Cardinal and Gray in the Holiday weekend tilt, led by senior Mike D'Auria, who shot 8-of-11 from the floor and finished with a game-high 23 points.
Shouts of `intensity' and `energy' were emanating from Tech's bench from the opening tip, although head coach Larry Anderson was less than pleased with the start as Suffolk opened red-hot from the floor to lead 18-13 just five minutes into the game. John Murphy and Brad Schoonmaker did most of the early damage for the Rams; combining to connect on four three-pointer's during Suffolk's fast start.
Senior Mike D'Auria continued his sensational season by keeping the Engineers right on target in the early going. D'Auria scored all 13 of his first half points in the first nine minutes, before turning over the reigns to the rest of the Tech offense. Alex Krull hit a pair of three's just after D'Auria's exit to hand MIT its largest lead of the half at 34-23 with 3:50 to play. Murphy tacked on two free throws for the Rams, and Josh Morelock's three with 1:09 left closed out the first-half scoring with the Engineers in front, 34-28.
The second half looked like an entirely different game as MIT outscored its visitors, 48-18. While MIT kept it fresh with a rotation of 13 players, the Rams succumbed to the defensive pressure and looked decisively tired midway through the period. The Engineers scored the first 11 points of the stanza, followed by a 14-3 run that had MIT ahead, 61-34, with 7:49 remaining.
Balance was the key in keeping MIT's advantage above 30 for the final six minutes of regulation. Barnett Koryan delivered on a tough jumper in the paint to give the Engineers their largest lead of the day at 77-39, while rookie Bradley Gampel nailed a jumper from deep behind the arc to answer a small run by the visiting Rams. Gampel closed out the scoring with a fast-break lay-up as MIT moved to 4-0 for the first time since 2001-02.
D'Auria led all scorers with 23, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. The point guard play was especially solid for MIT as Danny Kanamori (6) and Gampel (5) combined for 11 assists and only two turnovers. Jimmy Bartolotta added 10 points and five rebounds for the Tech attack, while Phil Murray enjoyed the best game of his season with 13 points in 16 minutes. Hamidou Soumare was the Engineers' leading rebounder for the third time this season after collecting eight boards.
Suffolk (0-4) was paced by John Murphy, who was the only Rams player in double-figures with 17 points. Murphy also led the Rams on the glass, grabbing six rebounds.
The win moves MIT's all-time record against Suffolk to 21-16. The Rams defeated the Engineers last season in Beacon Hill, 69-68.