MIT basketball falls in first round of NCAA Tournament

No. 24 ranked MIT men’s basketball fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to No. 14 St. Mary’s College last Saturday night, 85-76. In his final game as an Engineer, William Tashman ’13 scored 23 points, leading the team in scoring. After an incredibly competitive first half, MIT went into the break with a 36-35 lead. They continued to hold the lead for the majority of the second half, and they held a 63-56 lead with 8:48 remaining in the game. St. Mary’s went on a 12-0 run afterwards, however, and never relinquished the lead. Although the Engineers finished with a higher shooting percentage, turnovers proved to be their demise, as they gave up the ball 11 times compared to St. Mary’s 6.

—Austin Osborne