May 30, 2006

Men's Basketball Enjoys Scintilating Start In Taiwan

May 30, 2006

TAOYUAN COUNTY, Taiwan - MIT men's basketball team began a week-long run against international competition in Xinxing Village of Taoyuan County's Luzhu Township. Making its first international stop since touring through India in 1983, the Engineers' opened with two quality wins.

Under the guise of a new athletic brand, the Cardinal and Gray opened competitive play with a 93-69 victory over it's Taiwanese hosts, Kainan University. ESPN International was on hand for the opening ceremonies as well as the first game, while MIT looked to its youth-laden squad for leadership.

Hamidou Soumare has enjoyed an incredible start over seas after a much-improved sophomore campaign. Dou scored 25 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in Tech's opener, including a monster alley-oop slam in the first half off an inbounds pass from freshman Jimmy Bartolotta.

Bartolotta added 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in the winning effort, while Gary Atkins and Brandon Suarez chipped in 10 points each.

MIT won its second game with another dominating performance against Northeastern State University from Tahlequah, Japan. Behind another 25-point effort by Soumare, the Engineers' raced to a 109-32 victory. Dou added six boards and five blocks to his scoring total, while three monster dunks generated some hype for Tech's second-year forward as he prepares for a slam dunk contest later in the week.

Adam Juneau completed an overpowing low-post attack for MIT as he added 16 points and grabbed six boards against an outsized squad from NSU. Will Mroz scored 13 points from the wing, while hauling in eight rebounds and snagging a game-best five steals. Bartolotta, Alex Krull and Barnett Koryan each contributed 10 points as the Engineers' closed the game with six players in double figures.

Mike D'Auria, who is playing in his final games as a member of MIT's basketball unit, scored six points in the win over NSU, while adding a game-high 10 rebounds and eight assists.