Kates Leads MIT Past Suffolk, 81-59

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – MIT junior guard Mitchell Kates sank eight free throws and led the Engineers with 22 points, as the men dressed in white and maroon defeated Suffolk University on Saturday, 81-59.

“We’re playing very well right now,” said Kates. “Defensively, we definitely still have some things to work on, but offensively we’re clicking. We’re all playing well, we’re sharing the ball as a team and [I] can’t complain.”

“I was pleased we were able to pull out the win,” said MIT head coach Larry Anderson. “I was pleased with some things that we did out there, we just got to learn to do it consistently now.”

MIT stole all the momentum during the opening minutes, as Kates, junior Will Tashman (14 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists), and senior Noel Hollingsworth all scored baskets to distance themselves from a Rams team that eventually halted MIT’s offense midway through the first half.

Junior guard Chris Torres, (23 points, five rebounds) led the Rams with 15 points during the opening minutes, but also committed four turnovers that allowed the Engineers to extend their lead to 19 points prior to halftime.

“Offensively, we were getting all the looks we wanted [in the first half],” said Kates. “We have a lot of weapons on our team, and each night someone else seems to step up and take the offensive load and no one has a problem with it.”

In the second half, MIT’s offense flexed their muscles and sank 56.5 percent of their shots, and forced eight additional turnovers to secure their fifth win of the season.

After the game concluded, Anderson praised the play of Kates, who he described as the team’s quarterback.

“The last three games, Mitchell Kates has been the most valuable player,” said Anderson. “He’s been the guy who’s been our quarterback. He’s our Tom Brady and when he’s playing well, and taking us along with him, we can be a pretty good basketball team.”

MIT will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they travel to Emerson College for a 7:00pm tip-off, while Suffolk will conclude their two-game road trip against Daniel Webster.

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