Jan. 24, 2008
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Building leads as large as 28 points, MIT utilized its entire bench to cruise past Newbury College, 79-60, Thursday at Hellenic College. Paced by Jimmy Bartolotta's 23 points, the Engineers finished the night with five players scoring in double figures while receiving contributions from just about every player donning the Cardinal and Gray.
MIT (11-6) solidified command of the game early, benefiting from a dominating effort on the glass to scoop up a bunch of second-chance points. Newbury (8-6) was able to keep the deficit in single digits for most of the half, but couldn't keep pace in the final five minutes as the Engineers used a 14-5 run at the end of the half to power ahead, 46-29. Bartolotta was sensational in the opening period, scoring 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting while adding five rebounds and four assists.
After the opening minute of the second half, MIT's advantage rarely dipped below 20 points. Head coach Larry Anderson replaced his entire starting five with 11 minutes left in the game, as the Engineers went to their bench to keep the Nighthawks at bay. Senior Alex Bagley supplied the biggest boost outside of the starting lineup while freshman guard Daniel McCue also enjoyed extended minutes. Bagley converted a lay-up with 11:30 remaining in regulation to give MIT its largest lead of the game at 69-41.
Bartolotta finished the tilt with a game-high 23 points, and contributed seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block. Starting point guard Bradley Gampel was also in a giving mood on Thursday, dishing out a game-high eight assists while adding to his league-leading total with five steals. Bartolotta and Gampel combined for 15 assists and two turnovers against the Nighthawks.
Hamidou Soumare followed up last Saturday's monster effort with 14 points and nine boards to control the post while senior Will Mroz rebounded from a scoreless first half to finish with 11. Billy Johnson and Bagley also reached double figures as each chipped in 10 points. Bagley closed 5-of-5 from the floor and also added seven rebounds in 16 minutes of play.
Javon Mathis finished 8-of-13 from the floor en route to a team-best 17 points for Newbury while Kevin Cleveland added 13 and Arch Mitchell, 11, in the losing effort.
Newbury boasted 10 fast-break points and shot 54.2% from the field, but allowed MIT to shoot 50% from the floor itself while out-rebounding the Nighthawks, 35-21.