Mass College Hoops Recap: MIT 65, Babson 42

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA  – Entering the second frame with a 13-point advantage, MIT senior Noel Hollingsworth, (16 points, eight rebounds) made sure the Engineers wouldn’t relinquish their lead to visiting Babson College.

“I just got it together a little better,” said Hollingsworth. “I think I wore them down a little bit over the course of the game, they just couldn’t keep up, kept being physical, [and I] was able to get offensive rebounds to put it back in.”

Hollingsworth accounted for 11 of the team’s 27 points in the second half, which helped MIT punch their ticket to Sunday’s NEWMAC championship with a convincing 65-42 win against the Beavers.

“It was a little bit shaky early on, but we played really tough defense,” Hollingsworth said of his team’s overall play. “The whole team just played better in the second half, and I think this was just characterized by our defense.”

MIT’s junior Mitchell Kates, who led all scorers with 19 points, recorded back to back layups midway through the first half, which jumpstarted the Engineers offense to go on an 11-6 run before Babson answered with a few buckets from junior Alex Rudolph, which brought the Beavers within four-points.

The momentum immediately switched a minute later when junior Will Tashman, (14 points, six rebounds, four assists) sank one free throw, which sparked the Engineers to finish the half on a 11-5 run, and enter their locker room with a comfortable, 38-25 lead.

“During the first half, I found myself at the rim a lot, a bunch of open lanes,” said Kates.

Hollingsworth made sure the Engineers preserved their momentum and the lead once the second half started, as he registered a few free throws and a trifecta, which ballooned the lead to 49-28 with 15:09 remaining.

“We opened it up in the first four minutes, which [made] a big difference,” said Kates.

MIT then went on a 10-2 run, which solidified the Engineers lead for good. Babson managed to end the game on a decent note, as their offense overcame a seven-minute scoring drought to outscore MIT in the final seven minutes, 12-6.

The Engineers will return to the court on Sunday when they welcome Springfield College for a 1:00pm championship match.

“It’s our first back-to-back, but we’ve all played back-to-back games in high school and AAU ball before, so it’s not like it’s a new thing for any of us,” said Hollingsworth. “We’ve never won a championship [at home], so I want that.”

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