Engineers fall short to Springfield, 60-43

Pena and Burton shine in Saturday’s basketball game against Springfield

On Saturday, the MIT Engineers fought hard but fell to Springfield, changing MIT’s record to 7-7 (4-2 at home) and improving Springfield’s record to 9-6 (5-1 away).

The first half was marked by fast paced lead changes until Springfield pushed ahead and went on a 10-2 run. However, the Engineers had an offensive surge prompted by a nice jump shot from Rachel A. Hunt ’14 and two free throws from Mari R. Kordell ’15, bringing the game to 12-8. The Pride fired back and held off MIT while going on an 11-4 run. MIT’s offense quickly responded after a three pointer from Lauren S. Burton ’13, but Springfield went on a massive 18-7 run and finished the first half in the lead, 41-23.

MIT reenergized its play in the second half but could not handle Springfield’s attack. The Pride garnered eight out of the first ten points scored in the half to command a 49-25 lead, the largest of the game. MIT, however, showed off its offensive prowess and battled Springfield on an 18-11 run, finishing off the game at 60-43 (Springfield).

Some highlights of the Engineer’s play include 11 points each by Burton and Tamara R. Pena ’14. MIT also boasted 17 second chance points as opposed to Springfield’s 6, due to MIT’s greater percentage of offensive rebounds. The Engineers obtained some stronger defensive stats as well, with 13 steals and 2 blocks as opposed to the Pride’s 7 steals and no blocks.

The Engineers will next play Wheaton College today at Rockwell Cage at 7:00 p.m..