UW-Whitewater advances past MIT
Warhawks hold Engineers scoreless for six-minute stretch
SALEM, Va. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater held MIT scoreless for a six minute stretch during the second half. During that time UW-W reeled off a 14-2 run in a 71-56 win in a semifinal game on Friday.
Chris Davis opened the game with a 3-pointer, giving Whitewater a lead it never gave up in the first half. The Warhawks led by seven twice, 21-14 on a Quardell Young driving layup at 7:52 and 23-16 on a Davis fallaway with 6:30 on the clock. MIT came back to tie the game 26-26 on a Will Tashman put back as time ran out.
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Both offenses struggled in the first half. Whitewater shot 41 percent from the floor, MIT 43 percent. UW-W went 1-8 beyond the arc, MIT 1-7. The teams combined for two made free throws. Davis, who had to spend some time on the bench with foul trouble, led all scorers with nine.
Mitchell Kates scored in the lane to open the second half, giving the Engineers their first lead of the game. A short while later Kates scored on a length of the court lay up to keep MIT in front 32-30, the last time MIT had the lead.
The Warhawks followed with a 14-0 run, keeping MIT off the scoreboard from 16:51 to 10:20, while Davis accounted for eight of Whitewater's points during the surge. With 3:56 left Davis hit a three from the top of the key to make it 57-39, the largest lead of the game. For the last three-plus minutes MIT went into the "hack a 'Hawk" mode, fouling to stop the clock, but the closest the Engineers got was 65-52 with 1:52 remaining.
Whitewater held MIT to 40 percent shooting, 36 percent in the second half, including 3-20 from 3-point range. UW-W shot 44 percent from the field, but only went 2-11 from long range. The Warhawks made 21-31 free throws, MIT 11-15. UW-W had a 38-30 rebound advantage, and forced 15 turnovers while committing 10.
Davis was the top scorer with 30 points. Eric Bryson earned a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Warhawks. The Engineers had four players score in double figures, led by Will Tashman's 15 points and game high 14 rebounds. Whitewater's Alex Merg had a game high five assists.