Men's Basketball Picks up 59-55 Senior Day Win Over No. 21 WPI

MIT senior Christien Williams standing at midcourt with head coach Larry Anderson and his parents prior to the start of the game.

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 59, No. 21 WPI 55

- Records: MIT (12-13, 5-9 NEWMAC); No. 21 WPI (19-6, 10-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: On Senior Day at Rockwell Cage, the MIT men's basketball team used a strong second half and 23 points from junior Ian Hinkley (Raleigh, N.C.) to pull out a 59-55 victory No. 21 ranked WPI on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the game, the Engineers recognized senior captain Christien Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) for his contributions to the program during his four-year career.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- Both teams held slight leads over the first 10 minutes of play as the game was then knotted at 16-16 with 9:26 on the clock following a four-point play by Hinkley. WPI went on a quick 7-0 run to stretch the advantage to 23-16 before MIT used threes from Hinkley and first-year Matas Masys (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) to tie the game at 29-29.

- The visitors eventually took a 31-29 edge into halftime break after Garrett Stephenson scored on a layup with 17 seconds remaining in the half. Stephenson led WPI with 14 first-half points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field. Hinkley was the top scorer for MIT in the period with 15 points and four three-pointers.

- MIT built to its largest lead of the game to that point at 38-35 with 12:46 left after a jumper by sophomore Giannis Chatziveroglou (Athens, Greece). WPI answered right back though and went back in front 45-40 at the 8:10 mark.

- The game of runs continued over the remainder of regulation as the score was tied on four occasions, including for the final time at 55-55 following two free throws by WPI's Reid Walker. Sophomore Dan Pilsbury (Millington, N.J.) knocked down two from the free throw line to go up for good at 57-55, followed by a Masys steal at the 24-second mark. First-year Kael Kordonowy (Wichita, Kan.) and sophomore Alex Cho (San Diego, Calif.) both hit late free throws to seal the four-point win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Hinkley finished with 23 points and seven rebounds behind five three-pointers while also adding two assists, two blocks and one steal. Hinkley now has 994 career points heading into his senior season.

- Masys posted 10 points and a game-high five assists as the hosts picked up 17 assists on 20 made field goals.

- WPI outrebounded MIT by a 37-30 margin that included a 30-25 edge on the defensive glass. Stephenson led all rebounders with 11 boards to go along with 21 points to complete the double-double. Behind Stephenson's effort, WPI outscored MIT 28-18 in the paint and turned MIT's turnovers in 15 points on the other end.

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