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Men’s basketball defeats Gordon College

The MIT men’s basketball team defeated Gordon College Saturday afternoon, 92-73 to improve their record to 6-1.

Gordon jumped out to a 9-3 lead just over three minutes into the game, but MIT responded with eight unanswered points to take the lead. Four of the Engineers’ first five field goals came from three-point range; the last of these threes gave MIT a 14-13 lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

The lead increased to 16 points, 56-40, at the half, on Mitchell H. Kates ‘13’s buzzer-beating 18-footer. MIT would hang on in the second half and cruise to victory.

The Engineers shot 56 percent from three-point range, accounting for 42 of their 92 points. James D. “Jamie” Karraker ’12 hit seven of his nine three-point attempts for 21 points, while Kates led all players with 23 points. William Tashman ’13 added 15 points and ten rebounds.

MIT next hosts UMass-Boston Tuesday evening as they try to extend their winning streak to six games.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor

The women’s basketball team fell 54-36 to Springfield College on Saturday, snapping their four-game winning streak. The defeat is the first NEWMAC loss for MIT, who are now 4-3 overall.

Both teams shot poorly from the field, with the Engineers making only 26% of their shots and Springfield making less than a third of theirs. The game remained close for much of the first half — although MIT never had the lead, they were only down by one point, 13-12, with just over seven minutes left in the first half. Springfield pulled away, however, at the end of the period, extending their lead to 28-18 at the break.

Springfield added to their lead in the second half, going ahead by 23 midway through the period, and held on for a 54-36 win.

Sydney B. Beasley ’14 led the Engineers with ten points off the bench.

MIT will seek to rebound from the loss when they visit Babson College Tuesday evening.