Sports Shorts

Tech Escapes RPI, 56-55, In Tip-Off Tournament Final

MIT Men’s basketball improved to 3-0 this weekend with two wins in the Tip-Off Tournament at RPI. The Engineers blew out John Abbott College 78-38 in the first round, and edged host RPI 56-55 in the final.

In the finals matchup against RPI, neither team was able to put the game away late in the second half, as both teams had several missed opportunities. The winning shot by Erik S. Zuk ’11 came with 13 seconds left, off a missed free RPI free throw.

Mitchell H. Kates ’13 was named the Tournament MVP and joined Noel Hollingsworth ’12 on the All-Tournament team. MIT returns to action on Tuesday at Curry College.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor

Water Polo Takes Seventh At Eastern Championship

In a rematch of last year’s seventh-place game of the Eastern Championships, the MIT Men’s Water Polo Team topped Iona College 9-8 on Sunday in the Z-Center pool. Devin M. Lewis ’10 and Mark E. Artz ’10 had three goals apiece as the Engineers built an early lead and were able to hang on for the win. Columbus P. Leonard ‘12 led the MIT defense with six saves in goal

MIT finishes its season with a 9-16 overall record, including 3-3 in conference play.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor