Dec. 8, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Nick Davis exploded for a career-high 29 points, on a near perfect shooting night, as No. 21 MIT cruised to a comfortable 92-68 win over visiting UMass-Boston in non-conference men's basketball action on Tuesday night. Davis connected on his first 11 shots to more than double his previous season point-total, as the Engineers improved to 7-1 with the win. The Beacons fall to 4-3 overall after the loss.
The Cardinal and Gray would jump out to an early lead thanks to a three-minute stretch in which it made nine straight shots. Jamie Karraker began the run with a three-pointer to put the hosts on top at 4-2 just over two and a half minutes into the contest. By the time the Engineers missed again the lead had grown to 17-6. Noel Hollingsworth poured in six points during the stretch while Mitchell Kates scored or assisted on four Tech baskets.
Tech extended its lead later in the half with an 11-0 spurt and would eventually take a 20-point advantage into the break. MIT shot a blistering 57.1% from the field during the first half, including four-of-eight from long range.
Davis would heat up early in the second stanza, scoring 23 of his 29 after the intermission, including an emphatic put-back dunk midway through the frame. The freshman was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field before finally missing a contested lay-up with just under four minutes to go. He would make up for it, however, by chasing down the rebound, drawing a foul and knocking down a pair from the line.
MIT continued its torrid shooting, connecting on 31-of-56 (55.4%) attempts from the field and hitting 24 foul shots en route to its fourth 90-point output in the first eight games of the campaign. Davis' big night helped the Cardinal and Gray gain a 64-36 edge in bench scoring, as Hollingsworth also chipped in with 16 points with the second unit. Davis added seven rebounds as part of a 42-24 advantage on the glass for the Cardinal and Gray.
The Engineers will finish up 2010 with three straight road games, beginning Thursday, December 9 at Salem State College at 7:00 p.m. and culminating with a New Year's Eve clash against Harvard University. UMass-Boston will travel to Lesley University on Thursday for an 8:00 p.m. contest.
*Release courtesy of MIT Sports Information Dept.