Game Summary - Polytechnic University (12/06/03)  

Game Story:

Engineers Win Back-to-Back Games For First Time This Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A first half shooting clinic by Andrew Tsai gave MIT (4-3) all the cushion it would need as the Engineers won back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 57-34 victory over Polytechnic University (1-5) on Saturday in Rockwell Cage.

Tsai displayed a hot trigger in the opening half, sinking 16 points as MIT enjoyed a 24-15 lead at the break. Finishing 11th in the nation in total defense last season, Tech showed flashes of its suffocating defensive reputation. The Engineers forced a season-high 23 turnovers while rendering the opposition’s attack totally ineffective. The Blue Jays shot only 25% from the floor for the game, easily its worst outing of the campaign.

While Tsai had the hot hand in the first half, backcourt mate Mike D’Auria carried the load in the second frame. Tsai closed the contest with a game-high 19 points, while D’Auria added 16 and six rebounds. Sophomore Phil Murray chipped in six points and three boards in only 15 minutes of action off the bench.

The Blue Jays were led by Chris Jean’s 14 points and Aboubakar Bamba’s game-high 17 rebounds.

William Modeste connected on a jumper with 13:15 left in regulation that sliced Tech’s lead to 31-25. Despite the resurgence of Polytechnic’s offense, MIT pulled away shortly after behind a 14-2 run. The Engineers capped the match with an 11-0 run, holding the Blue Jays without a field goal for the final five minutes of the game.

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