Men's Basketball Falls 68-52 at No. 23 WPI in NEWMAC Opener

MIT men's basketball player Christien Williams dribbles the basketball up the court.
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 23 WPI 68, MIT 52

- Records: MIT (7-5, 0-1 NEWMAC); No. 23 WPI (10-2, 1-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Harrington Auditorium)

- The Lead: In the NEWMAC opener for both teams, the MIT men's basketball team dropped a 68-52 final to No. 23 ranked WPI in Harrington Auditorium.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT opened up a 10-4 lead over the first 5:53 as first-year Kael Kordonowy (Wichita, Kan.) knocked down a jumper for the visitors. A three from sophomore Giannis Chatziveroglou (Athens, Greece) kept the lead at six points at 13-7 before WPI embarked on an 11-0 run over the next 5:16 to seize an 18-13 advantage.

- WPI's Dakota Wheeler tied the game at 13-13 on a layup at the 9:44 mark, while Garrett Stephenson capped the scoring spurt with a layup. MIT's Matas Masys (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) ended the hot stretch for the hosts with a three-pointer, but WPI built the lead to double digits for the first time on a layup from Jake Wisniewski.

- WPI led by as many as 15 points at 31-16 with 2:40 left before the half, but MIT closed the period on a 6-0 run to make it a 31-22 halftime margin. Senior captain Christien Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) capped the scoring for the Cambridge Engineers in the period with two free throws with four seconds on the clock.

- In the second half, WPI pushed the lead back to 15 at 40-25 on a three-point play by Colin McNamara before a turnover jumper in the lane by Chatziveroglou sliced the lead to 46-34 with 13:15 remaining. WPI's Ethan Harrell immediately answered with a corner three as the hosts extended the lead to 56-36 at the 8:35 mark.

- Three free throws by MIT first-year Aaron Fuchs (Tokyo, Japan) made it a 64-51 margin with three minutes remaining to get the visitors within 13. WPI's final basket of the game with 2:26 on the clock as Stephenson's layup stretched the score back to 68-51. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Chatziveroglou led MIT with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) posted 10 points. For WPI, Wheeler paced four Engineers in double figures with 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Kahleb Downing and Stephenson added 12 points, along with 10 points by Wisniewski.

- MIT shot 41.5 percent from the field and knocked down nine three-pointers while registering 14 assists on 17 made field goals.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home on Saturday, January 11th as the Engineers host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 2 p.m. start at Rockwell Cage.

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