SUFFOLK MEN’S BASKETBALL
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Rockwell Cage, Cambridge, Mass.
FINAL: MIT 83, SUFFOLK 51
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Junior Jimmy Bartolotta (Littleton, Colo.) scored 22 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead three players in double figures as MIT notched an 83-51 non-league college men’s basketball victory over Suffolk Saturday afternoon at Rockwell Cage.
The host Engineers (3-1) blistered the nets at a 64 percent clip in the opening 20 minutes of action to erase an early one-point deficit en route to a 42-26 advantage at the break, and MIT used a 24-9 run midway through the second half in taking a 30-point edge into the closing minutes of action.
Bartolotta’s effort made him the 22nd Engineer to reach the 1,000 career point plateau for MIT, which also received 21 points and six rebounds from junior Billy Johnson (Everett, Wash.) as well as 11 points and seven boards from fellow junior Hamidou Soumare (Bamako, Mali). The Engineers shot 53 percent from the field overall and held a 28-14 scoring edge at the foul line while forcing 29 turnovers for the afternoon.
Sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) paced the visiting Rams (0-4) in the scoring column with 15 points, while freshman Jay Mullin (Westport, Mass.) added nine points in eight minutes off the bench. Sophomore Josh Teixeira (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and six rebounds for Suffolk, which also received seven points from junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) as the Rams shot 30 percent from the field for the contest.
Suffolk hosts UMass Boston in a non-league outing on Thursday evening at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 7:30 p.m., while MIT hosts Gordon in a non-league match-up on Tuesday evening at Rockwell Cage that also begins at 7:00.