CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior guard Jimmy Bartolotta (Littleton, CO) scored a game high 29 points to lead MIT to a 71-57 win over visiting Western New England College in a non league men's basketball game Tuesday night (Dec. 4) at Rockwell Cage.
Bartolotta made 12-of-20 shots from the field, pulled down eight rebounds, and dished out eight assists.
Junior forward Hamidou Soumare (Bamako, Mali) added a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds as the Engineers improved their record to 6-2.
The Golden Bears trailed by nine with 5:34 left in the opening half, but came back to tie the contest before Bartolotta was credited with a tip-in at the buzzer to give the hosts a 35-33 lead at the break.
MIT then used a 29-6 run in the second half to pull away and secure its first win in the series since 1997.
Sophomore guard Chris DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) led WNEC with career highs of 14 points (6-for-8 from the field) and eight rebounds. He also dished out four assists.
Junior forward Kyle Fredette (Wallingford, VT) added seven points, eight rebounds, and three blocks while junior guard Matt Maynard (Paterson, NJ) contributed eight points and a pair of steals.
Sophomore guard Paul Kennedy (Longmeadow, MA) scored the first eight points of his career and handed out three assists in 17 minutes coming off the bench.
Senior point guard and second leading scorer Asif Abdul-Wadud (Springfield, MA) played only 10 minutes before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.
Western New England College had a 15-7 edge in free throws made, but MIT had a big 28-17 advantage in field goals while compiling nine more rebounds (39-30) in the contest.
The Golden Bears fall back under the .500 mark at 3-4 heading into a home game at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 8) against Bridgewater State.