BOSTON — Ninth-ranked MIT took advantage of red-hot outside shooting to continue its strong start to the 2011-12 campaign in a 89-57 victory at Emerson in non-conference action on Tuesday night. Tech knocked down 14-of-20 shots from behind the arc while shooting 62.0% from the field to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Senior Billy Bender tied a career high with 24 points, making six-of-seven threes, and grabbed seven boards. Senior Noel Hollingsworth and junior Will Tashman were also in double figures with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Emerson (0-4) kept things close early on, tying the game at six with a layup from Drew Venter at the 16:16 mark. From there, the Cardinal and Gray would go on a 20-6 run over the next 8:34, including three consecutive trifectas from senior Jamie Karraker, Bender and Daniel McCue, to lead 26-12 with under eight minutes to go in the half.
Back-to-back threes by Bender and Hollingsworth, in the final two minutes, and a Mitchell Kates layup gave Tech a 45-24 advantage heading into the locker room.
Karraker and Bender continued the three-point assault to open the second half and stretch the MIT lead to 51-24. The Engineers continued to pull away from there, thanks to 65.0% shooting in the second half.
Kates helped pace MIT’s unselfish offensive attack, which had 25 assists on 31 baskets, as the junior had a game-high six helpers. Tashman also had five assists to go along with eight rebounds. Hollingsworth was a perfect three-for-three from long distance while Karraker connected on three-of-six trifectas.
Venter led Emerson with 14 points and Eli Kell-Abrams and Eric Wahl were also in double figures with 12 points apiece.