By Matt Noonan
WORCESTER, MA – Springfield College’s Sean Martin recorded a career-best 21 points, as the Pride used a second half surge to defeat MIT in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) semifinals, 68-60.
With the win, the Pride earned a spot in Sunday’s conference championship for the second time in two seasons.
MIT’s Will Tashman, who led the Engineers with 19 points, scored the game’s first seven points, which provided the hosts with all the momentum, but Springfield responded by finishing the opening stanza on a 7-2 run, thanks to Martin’s trifecta and layup, and Alex Berthiaume’s coast-to-coast layup.
James Burke’s triple and layup early in the second pushed the Engineers lead to 10 with 15:15 remaining, but the Pride eventually erased the deficit with layups and 3-pointers to even the score at 52 with 6:53 remaining.
Tashman and Mitchell Kates combined for the team’s next five points before Berthiaume and Martin combined for the Pride’s next eight points, which pushed Springfield ahead for good.
Berthiaume matched Martin with a game-best 21 points, while Robbie Burke added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
MIT’s Matt Redfield finished with 14 points, while Burke concluded with 11 points, four assists and two boards.