Game Summary- Suffolk University (11/29/03)  


Game Story:

Three-Point Assault Ices First Home Win

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – After relying on the front court for the first three games of the season, it was the back court that sparked MIT’s come-from-behind victory over Suffolk, 69-57, inside Rockwell Cage on Saturday. Senior Andrew Tsai nailed six three-point field goals to finish with a game-high 25 points, while sophomore Mike D’Auria capped the best game of his collegiate career with seven assists and a career-high 20 points as the Engineers’ raced to their first home win of the campaign.

Suffolk led 28-23 at the break, but the Rams couldn’t put the Engineers away. Tsai and D’Auria exposed the defense’s inability to break through screens by sinking back-to-back three pointers early in the frame to give MIT its first lead of the tilt at 29-28. After the Rams grabbed the lead back with a jumper by Eric Jenkins, D’Auria connected on another three which later proved to be a crippling blow to the Suffolk attack. With Tsai stretching the lead on the ensuing possession to 35-30 with a three-pointer of his own, Tech coasted the rest of the way from the front.

The Engineers’ sank 12 shots from beyond the arc, one shy of the Institute record set last season. Tsai paced the outside assault with six, D’Auria added four, while freshmen Ryan Richardson and Alex Krull each supplied the attack with one long-range bomb. Krull also enjoyed his best afternoon donning an MIT uniform, scoring eight points and grabbing three boards while playing 20 minutes. Mike Huhs paved the way for MIT defensively, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds and adding two blocked shots.

Neil Simard led the Rams with 12 points, with Scott Meier (11) and Chris Tighe (10) also reaching double figures. The victory over Suffolk redeems a 72-63 setback endured by the Engineers last season. With the win MIT improves to 2-2 on the season, while Suffolk drops to 1-2.

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