By Matt Noonan
WORCESTER, MA — WPI’s men’s basketball team earned its first win in the 2013 NCAA Division III March Madness tournament against SUNY Purchase on Saturday evening, 80-67. The win secured the Engineers a spot in the second round against Randolph-Macon, which will be played next Saturday.
Marco Coppola recorded a game-best 23 points, while Ryan Kolb added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Sam Longwell filled the stat sheet with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Purchase was led by Andre Nixon, who netted 15 points, while Joel Neri tallied 12 points and Craig Davis added 11 points.
The Engineers led the Panthers at the break, 38-26, but secured their lead for good late in the second stanza with back-to-back buckets from Coppola. Kolb secured the victory with a trifecta at 2:38, which provided the Engineers with a 19 point advantage.
Below are videos with each team discussing the outcome. Chris Bartley joined Coppola, Kolb and Longwell, while Jeff Charney accompanied Davis and Nixon.