LANCASTER, Pa. — MIT advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals thanks to an 83-67 win against Staten Island on Friday night. The Engineers connected on 12-of-20 shots from 3-point range and shot 53 percent from the field while holding Staten Island to its lowest offensive output in 17 games.
Mitchell Kates led all scorers with 29 points and added five assists. Jamie Karraker hit seven of 10 threes en route to 25 points. Will Tashman recorded his third consecutive double-double of the NCAA tournament with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Noel Hollingsworth was also in double figures for Tech with 13 points.
Tech (28-1) withstood a late rally from the Dolphins to hold on for their 12th consecutive victory. After trailing by as many as 22 points in the second half, Staten Island began its run midway through the period, getting as close as nine points before succumbing to the Engineers.
A Tashman layup put MIT ahead, 71-55 with 4:30 remaining but Bloochy Magloire was fouled on a 3-pointer and Javon Cox hit a jump-hook to cut the deficit to 11. After Kates made one-of-two from the line, Cox came back with a layup at the other end and Staten Island was within 10 with two-plus minutes remaining.
Magloire made a step-back 3-pointer on CSI’s next possession but Paul Dawson came off the bench to knock down a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 11.
CSI had a chance to slice into the deficit but Magloire and T.J. Tibbs could not connect from three and MIT calmly sank its free throws, making 11-of-12 in the final 1:40.
The Cardinal and Gray took a 44-30 lead into the locker room thanks to nine first-half threes, including a perfect 6-6 from Karraker. It took the Engineers nearly two minutes to make their first basket, but they did not miss after, shooting 56 percent in the half.
After a pair of free throws by Javon Cox put the Dolphins on top, 10-9 Tech would run off 10 consecutive points to take a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the evening.
Staten Island would close the gap to five on a pair of occasions, but at the 8:25 mark MIT went on an 8-2 run to push the lead back into double digits. Another Karraker 3-pointer, with just over a minute to play in the half, gave Tech its largest lead of the frame at 42-28.
Jordan Young was the high scorer for Staten Island with 19 points. Magloire (17), Cox (16) and Tibbs (13) were also in double digits for the Dolphins.