March 1, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Mike D'Auria was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year by the league's coaches in all-conference voting announced on Tuesday. MIT made a clean sweep of the individual awards as freshman Jimmy Bartolotta was selected the NEWMAC's Rookie of the Year, while Larry Anderson garnered the conference's Coach of the Year honor.
D'Auria placed in the top six in five different NEWMAC statistical categories, including scoring (19.0 ppg - second), steals (2.4 spg - second) and assists (3.5 apg - fifth). D'Auria takes home the league's top honor after being selected First Team All-NEWMAC a year ago and Second Team in 2003-2004.
D'Auria is 26 points away from becoming just the third player in MIT history to score 1500 career points. He set the single-season steals record this year, while he ranks third all-time in career assists and steals. D'Auria will also finish his MIT career among the program's leaders in three-point field goal and free throw percentage.
Bartolotta quickly became a force in the league and posted the single-game high in scoring for MIT this year with 31 points in a win over Clark University. Bartolotta added a game-high 21 points in the NEWMAC Championship. He was second on MIT in scoring, averaging 11.6 points per game, while pulling down 4.7 rebounds per contest. Bartolotta also proved to be one of the better free throw shooters in the conference, connecting on 81.7% of his shots from the charity stripe. His single-season free throw percentage ranks second all-time at the Institute.
Anderson guided the Engineers to a second-place finish in the regular season, their first appearance in the NEWMAC Championship and a program-record 20 wins. Anderson's best season before the current campaign took place during MIT's final year with the Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC). The Engineers finished that season with a record of 18-7.