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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