• Sophomore Will Tashman was named the conference championship's Most Outstanding Player for his 34 points and 24 rebounds over two games. Tashman also received first-team All-Conference honors.

    Sophomore Will Tashman was named the conference championship's Most Outstanding Player for his 34 points and 24 rebounds over two games. Tashman also received first-team All-Conference honors.

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  • MIT defeated nationally ranked and tournament-favorite WPI, which was playing at home in Worcester.

    MIT defeated nationally ranked and tournament-favorite WPI, which was playing at home in Worcester.

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  • Mitchell Kates paced MIT in the tournament's first round, scoring 22 points against Springfield College. Kates received second-team All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year.

    Mitchell Kates paced MIT in the tournament's first round, scoring 22 points against Springfield College. Kates received second-team All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year.

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  • MIT Student Life arranged for a bus to take students to Worcester to cheer for the team. Enthusiastic support from the crowd was a factor for the team both days of the tournament.

    MIT Student Life arranged for a bus to take students to Worcester to cheer for the team. Enthusiastic support from the crowd was a factor for the team both days of the tournament.

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  • Alumni and staff also came to cheer on the men. Back row, from left: Ross Hunter ’69, former player and first MIT women’s basketball coach; Ted Heuchling ’46, former captain and head coach; and Mike Nacey ’52, former player and captain. Front row, left to right: Sonia Raman, MIT women’s basketball head coach; Deena Ferrara; and Robert Ferrara, ‘67, former player.

    Alumni and staff also came to cheer on the men. Back row, from left: Ross Hunter ’69, former player and first MIT women’s basketball coach; Ted Heuchling ’46, former captain and head coach; and Mike Nacey ’52, former player and captain. Front row, left to right: Sonia Raman, MIT women’s basketball head coach; Deena Ferrara; and Robert Ferrara, ‘67, former player.

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  • Freshman Tim Donegan takes the ball to the hoop on a breakaway against Springfield College in the first round of the tournament.

    Freshman Tim Donegan takes the ball to the hoop on a breakaway against Springfield College in the first round of the tournament.

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  • The team comes together in the locker room before heading out for the second half against Springfield.

    The team comes together in the locker room before heading out for the second half against Springfield.

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  • Junior guard Daniel McCue brings the ball upcourt against Springfield College in the first round.

    Junior guard Daniel McCue brings the ball upcourt against Springfield College in the first round.

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  • Head coach Larry Anderson, right, crouches on the sideline as his coaching staff watches during the final minutes against Springfield. From left: assistant coach Indran Ratnathicam ’98; Dean for Undergraduate Research Kim Vandiver '69, PhD '75; assistant coach and former NBA player Paul Grant; assistant coach Rob DiBernardo; and associate head coach Kevin Byrne.

    Head coach Larry Anderson, right, crouches on the sideline as his coaching staff watches during the final minutes against Springfield. From left: assistant coach Indran Ratnathicam ’98; Dean for Undergraduate Research Kim Vandiver '69, PhD '75; assistant coach and former NBA player Paul Grant; assistant coach Rob DiBernardo; and associate head coach Kevin Byrne.

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  • Erik Zuk ’11 takes his turn with the post-championship tradition of cutting down the net.

    Erik Zuk ’11 takes his turn with the post-championship tradition of cutting down the net.

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MIT upsets WPI to grab second NEWMAC championship

Sophomore Will Tashman was named the conference championship's Most Outstanding Player for his 34 points and 24 rebounds over two games. Tashman also received first-team All-Conference honors.

Tashman leads MIT to third consecutive bid for NCAA Division III tournament.


WORCESTER, Mass. — Tournament Most Outstanding Player Will Tashman, an MIT sophomore, notched game-highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds, and MIT shot a sizzling 72.7 percent from the floor in the second half to upset top seed and host WPI 63-52 in the championship game of the 2011 NEWMAC Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, MIT (19-8) captures its second NEWMAC crown in the last three years and assures itself a bid to a third consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament. WPI, which was playing in its sixth final in the last seven years, entered the week ranked third in New England in the latest regional rankings and should receive strong consideration for an at-large bid. Tournament selections will be announced on Monday at 1 p.m.

Trailing 28-26 at half, the visitors rattled off the first six points of the second stanza and would not relinquish the lead the rest way. The advantage swelled to 12 following a conventional 3-point play by Eric Zuk with 8:28, capping a 13-2 run. WPI battled back with six straight points, including four from Jeffrey Robinson to slice the advantage to 46-40, but MIT responded with a 9-2 spurt that featured 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line to secure the victory.

To read a full recap of the game, visit the MIT Athletics website.


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