Dec. 10, 2004
After weathering the opening surge, MIT (5-3) began to claw back behind the heroic efforts of Mike D'Auria and Adam Gibbons. The pair combined for 17 points and accounted for every assist as Tech inched closer, and reduced the lead to 38-28 at the end of the period.
MIT's hardwood unit continued to chip away at the lead in the second half. After D'Auria hit a three with left in the game, the Engineers pulled within four for the first time since the opening minute at 47-43.
At the mark, Alex Krull nailed a clutch three from the top of the key that reduced the Saints' advantage to 59-58. Looking to halt any chance of a comeback, Bobby Brown answered with a three for Emmanuel on the ensuing play that proved to be the dagger in the heart of MIT's growing momentum.
Trailing, 66-62, with six seconds on the clock, Gibbons stepped up and delivered a three that gave the Engineers new life. Emmanuel swished two free throws to push the lead back to three, and although MIT had a chance for the tie, Krull's mid-court attempt at the buzzer fell short.
D'Auria led MIT with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Gibbons added 17 points and six assists, while Phil Murray scored nine and grabbed a game-high seven boards.