CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Senior Jamie Karraker became MIT’s all-time leading three-point shooter as the No. 4 Engineers improved to 12-0, the best start in program history, with a 71-47 victory against Wheelock on Wednesday night. Karraker hit his 232nd career three-pointer with 4:45 remaining to break the Institute mark previously held by Jimmy Bartolotta.
The Cardinal and Gray raced out to an early lead against the Wildcats (3-7), scoring 13 of the game’s first 15 points, to take an 11-point advantage just under five minutes in. Wheelock battled back to keep things close throughout most of the half, thanks in part to Bashir Hudson’s 11 first-half points.
Hudson’s free throw capped a 7-3 spurt to bring Wheelock back within eight at 25-17 with 3:19 left in the period. The Engineers answered by scoring the final eight points of the half to take a 17-point advantage into the break. Karraker and senior Billy Bender canned back-to-back trifectas and junior Mitchell Kates found freshman Dennis Levene for a layup in the final seconds.
|Other Top-25 Scores from Wednesday|
|No. 3 Augustana (Ill.) 93, Chicago 52|
|Ohio 88, No. 9 Marietta 54 (Ohio is a DI team)|
|No. 25 UW-Stevens Point 79, No. 13 UW-Whitewater 77|
Tech continued to stretch its lead in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 11-3 at one point midway through the second, thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Karraker surrounding a dunk by freshman Matt Redfield.
Karraker finished with a game-high 23 points on seven-of-17 shooting from long distance. Senior Noel Hollingsworth pitched in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Bender was also in double figures, with 15 points to go along with six boards, three assists and three steals. Junior Will Tashman had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Engineers.
MIT shot 51.7 percent from the field and made 11-of-26 shots from long range while holding Wheelock to just 22.2 percent shooting (18-57).
Hudson led Wheelock with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Eric Rice added six points and Adam Russo hauled in six rebounds for the Wildcats.