2013-2014 WPI Men's Basketball Headlines

  • Men's Basketball Selected to Play in 2014 Hoopsville National Invitational Classic
    June 19, 2014
    Owings Mills, MD --- WPI men’s basketball will participate in the third annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic hosted by Stevenson University at Owings Mills Gymnasium November 21-23, 2014. The classic, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, is the biggest, on campus tournament in NCAA Division I, II or III. The 2014 Classic will feature 10 teams from nine different states and the District of Columbia, six of which were ranked at No. 13 or higher in the D3hoops.com Top 25 a year ago and five who participated in the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • Men's Basketball's O'Brien Named the Outstanding Member of the Class of 2017
    May 06, 2014
    Worcester, MA ---WPI freshman men’s basketball player Richard O’Brien has been selected a Charles O. Thompson Scholar and designated as the Outstanding Member of the Class of 2017. Charles O. Thompson scholarships are awarded to outstanding freshmen students who have demonstrated strong academic success in their first year. These students have already made an impact on campus and look to continue their involvement in the WPI community.
  • Men's Basketball's Longwell Tabbed to the D3hoops All-Northeast Second Team
    March 17, 2014
    Minneapolis, MN --- WPI’s Sam Longwell has been named to the second team All-Northeast region for men’s basketball by D3hoops.com. It marks the fifth straight season and the 10th time in the last 11 years that an Engineer player has received all-region accolades from the website. Longwell emerged this season as WPI's go-to person both offensively and defensively. The team leader in scoring with 16.0 points per game and rebounding with 5.9 boards per game,
  • WPI Athletes of the Week #25
    March 10, 2014
    Track and Field's Julie Tevenan and Men's Basketball's Domenick Mastascusa were named WPI Student-Athletes of the Week. Tevenan picked up All-ECAC recognition by placing third in the 1000 meters at the Division III ECAC Championships contested Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. Mastascusa was fantastic for the Engineers in their tough 68-66 loss to Albertus Magnus in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament at SUNY-Purchase.
  • Men's Basketball Falls to Albertus Magnus in NCAA Tournament Thriller
    March 07, 2014
    Purchase, NY --- No. 13 ranked Albertus Magnus used a late 11-2 run to rally to defeat No. 14 ranked WPI 68-66 Friday evening in a NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament first round contest played at SUNY Purchase. Albertus Magnus (27-2) advances to Saturday’s second round at 7pm against the winner of the host Panthers and Hartwick. WPI, who was appearing in its eighth NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years, completes its season with a 22-5 mark.
  • Longwell Selected First Team All-NEWMAC Men's Basketball
    March 04, 2014
    Boston, MA --- WPI junior Sam Longwell has been named first-team All-NEWMAC in voting announced today by the conference's men's basketball coaches. Longwell emerged this season as WPI’s go-to person both offensively and defensively. The team leader in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding with 5.9 boards per game, the swingman is second in the conference in scoring. Longwell and his WPI teammates earned the Engineers a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in 10 years. WPI will open up play in the 62-team tournament on Friday at 5:30pm against Albertus Magnus in Purchase, NY.
  • Men's Basketball Earns NCAA Tournament Bid
    March 03, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- For the eighth time in the last 10 years, the WPI men’s basketball program will be participating in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Engineers snagged a coveted Pool C bid into the 62-team tournament and begin play Friday at 5:30pm in the first round against Albertus Magnus at Purchase, NY. Tickets on Friday night are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and all students with ID.
  • Men's Basketball to Learn NCAA Fate Monday Afternoon at 12:30pm
    March 03, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI men’s basketball will find out early this afternoon if it has earned an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships. The selection show, which can be found at ncaa.com, is slated to being at 12:30pm. The Engineers are 22-4 on the season and captured the NEWMAC regular season title for the ninth time in 11 years this winter. The Crimson and Gray were sent to the at-large pool after they were defeated Saturday by eventual champion MIT in the tournament semifinals. WPI is looking to participate in the NCAAs for the eighth time in the last 10 years.
  • Men's Basketball Upset by MIT in NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
    March 01, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Fourth-seeded MIT broke open a halftime tie by scoring 25 of the second half’s first 30 points en route to a 64-46 victory over top-seed and host WPI in a NEWMAC men’s basketball tournament semifinal contest played Saturday afternoon in Harrington Auditorium.With the victory, MIT improves to 19-8 on the season and advances to Sunday’s championship game back at WPI on Sunday at 1pm against the winner of the day’s second game between second-seeded Babson and third-seeded Springfield. WPI, No. 12 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 and fifth in the latest NCAA Division III NCAA Northeast rankings, is now 22-4 and awaits word on a possible NCAA Tournament bid on Monday.
  • Springfield Comes Back to Defeat Babson in NEWMAC Men's BB Semifinal
    March 01, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Nick McKenna drilled a pair of 3-pointers in overtime to help propel third-seeded Springfield to a come-from-behind victory over second-seeded Babson, 85-77, in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal played Saturday at WPI’s Harrington Auditorium. With the triumph, Springfield (20-6) reaches the NEWMAC championship game for the third straight year. The Pride will meet fourth-seeded MIT, a 64-46 winner over top seed and host WPI, Sunday at 1pm back in Harrington Auditorium.
  • WPI and Smith to Host NEWMAC Basketball Championships this Weekend
    February 28, 2014
    Boston, MA --- A pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champions will be crowned this weekend. The semifinals of the men's and women's basketball tournaments will be played on Saturday, March 1, while the title games are scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. WPI and Smith are slated to host the men's and women's championship, respectively. The NEWMAC tournament champions will receive an automatic bid into the upcoming NCAA Division III basketball tournaments. NCAA tournament fields will be announced next Monday, March 3 on ncaa.com.
  • TELEGRAM FEATURE: Former St. John's Stars Play Key Roles for WPI
    February 26, 2014
    WPI teammates and former St. John's High stars Chad LaBove and Matt Harringtonhave embraced their supporting roles this season. "If you're a St. John's fan and you read the box scores you're going to be like, 'Oh, these guys aren't doing much,'" WPI coach Chris Bartley said before Tuesday's practice, "but if you're coaching the team or you're playing with these guys, you know these guys do so much."
  • Domenick Mastascusa of Men's Basketball Draws WACBA Honors
    February 24, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- WPI junior forward Domenick Mastascusa has been named Co-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men's Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 23rd. Mastascusa shares the award with David Dudzinski of Division I Holy Cross. Mastascusa posted a pair of double-doubles as he led the No.12 ranked Engineers to a pair of victories and the outright NEWMAC regular season championship. The junior tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds in WPI’s 58-46 home victory over Wheaton before erupting for 16 points and 10 boards in the Crimson and Gray’s 65-60 WACBA win over city rival Clark.
  • 17 Winter Student-Athletes Pocket NEWMAC All-Academic Recognition
    February 24, 2014
    Boston, MA --- 17 WPI student-athletes from four winter sports have earned NEWMAC All-Academic honors, as announced by the conference office. Women’s Swimming and Diving led WPI with eight awardees while Men’s Swimming and Diving picked up five. Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2013 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at his or her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
  • Outright Madness: Men's Basketball Topples Clark, Earns NEWMAC Crown
    February 22, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI men’s basketball team faced a stiff test in its regular season finale as Worcester rival Clark wouldn’t relent, taking the lead twice in the second half and keeping it a single-possession game into the final minute before Domenick Mastascusa put it away out of a timeout with 53 seconds left as WPI held on for a 65-60 victory on Senior Night at Clark’s Kneller Center. Mastascusa racked up a double-double, tallying 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, while Sam Longwell joined in with 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
  • Harrington's Hot Hand Hands Men's Basketball Share Of NEWMAC Crown
    February 19, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI men’s basketball team celebrated Senior Night on Wednesday and did right by its graduating players Ryan Kolb, Chad LaBove and Drew Osei as the host Engineers pulled away in the second half, pocketing a 58-46 win over Wheaton to clinch at least a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with one game remaining. Junior Sam Longwell did the heavy lifting early with all 13 of his points in the first half, while Domenick Mastascusa added 12, and Matt Harrington matched his career-high with 11 points.
  • WPI Athletes of the Week #22
    February 17, 2014
    Men's Basketball's Domenick Mastascusa and Women's Basketball's Siena Mamayek were named WPI Student-Athletes of the Week. Mastascusa came off the bench to share top scoring honors with his 18-point effort in a key road win at MIT as Mamayek averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 bounds and the Engineers bolstered their playoffs chances with a pair of victories.
  • Men's Basketball Defeats Coast Guard to Reach 20 Wins for 11th Straight Year
    February 15, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Zach Karalis paced all players with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, to lift WPI to a 56-45 victory over visiting Coast Guard in a NEWMAC men’s basketball contest played on Saturday afternoon. WPI, 12th in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 and sixth in the initial NCAA Division III New England rankings, is now 20-3 on the season and 10-2 in the conference. It marks the 11th consecutive year the Engineers have reached the 20-win mark, the second longest current streak in Division III (over 400 teams) behind Wooster (OH), who looks to accomplish the feat for the 17th straight season tonight.
  • Men's Basketball: Mastascusa Brothers Make Mischief for MIT
    February 12, 2014
    Cambridge, MA --- Brothers Domenick and John Mastascusa combined for 27 points as No. 12 ranked WPI got back on the winning track Wednesday night with a 64-52 NEWMAC road win at MIT. The hosts saw freshman Tim Butala hit for a career-high 18 points, with Domenick Mastascusa sharing top scoring honors with his 18-point effort while younger brother John poured in a career-best nine points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor.
  • Nationally-Ranked Men's Basketball Tripped Up at Babson
    February 08, 2014
    Babson Park, MA --- First-year Joey Flannery scored 20 points and Babson opened the game on a 24-4 run en route to a 71-62 victory over third-ranked WPI in NEWMAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium. Junior Domenick Mastascusa posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Engineers, going 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Senior Ryan Kolb and junior Sam Longwell each had 12 points Zach Karalis dished out a team-high four assists.
  • No. 3 Men's Basketball Upset by Emerson to Snap Harrington Winning Streak
    February 06, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Emerson used a 16-0 run in the first half and never trailed thereafter, holding on for a thrilling 71-67 win to deliver No. 3 WPI its first NEWMAC loss and interrupt a 15-game winning streak. Sam Longwell topped all players with 21 points, hitting four 3-pointers and also collecting six rebounds over a game-high 37 minutes for WPI (18-2, 8-1 NEWMAC). Domenick Mastascusa (16 points) was the Engineers’ only other double-digit scorer as the two combined for 22 first half points.
  • Snowstorm Postpones Basketball Doubleheader to Thursday
    February 05, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- The forecasted winter storm for Wednesday has forced the postponement of Wednesday's home basketball doubleheader. The games - the men against Emerson and the women versus Smith - will now be played on Thursday, February 6th. Please note the start time for the men will be 5pm (from 5:30pm) while the women will remain a 7:30pm tip.
  • Davis' Layup Punctuates Men's Basketball Pulsating Win Against Springfield
    February 01, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Sophomore point guard Aaron Davis slipped and nearly turned it over in the final minute of a Saturday afternoon nail-biter versus Springfield, but he sprung back up, got the ball back and went glass on a reverse layup for the winning basket with 53.3 seconds remaining. The host Engineers (18-1, 8-0 NEWMAC) led all of 3:37 the entire game, but rallied back from as far down as 10 for a 71-70 win at Harrington Auditorium. WPI, ranked #4 in the country by D3hoops.com, won its 15th straight game - its second longest streak in school history and was the 250th career triumph for head coach Chris Bartley.
  • Kolb and No. 4 Men's Basketball Grind Out Win at Coast Guard
    January 29, 2014
    New London, CT --- Senior Ryan Kolb led all scorers with 23 points to go with his team-high eight rebounds as #4 WPI held off upset minded Coast Guard 71-65 in a NEWMAC game. WPI won its 14th straight tying the second longest winning streak in school history. The Engineers improve to 17-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play while Coast Guard drops to 4-14 overall and 1-6 on the season. Sophomore Zach Karalis added 12 points while junior Sam Longwell and junior Domenick Mastascusa each added ten points in the win for WPI.
  • Men's Basketball's Longwell Honored by NEWMAC, WACBA and ECAC
    January 27, 2014
    Boston, MA --- WPI junior guard Sam Longwell has been named the NEWMAC, the WACBA and the ECAC New England Player of the Week for the Week ending Sunday, January 26th. Longwell averaged 24 points and 6.5 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The junior set a career-high with 31 points as WPI in a 81-69 victory over Clark before compiling 17 points, six rebounds and three assists is a come-from-behind road 83-69 road win at Wheaton. For the week, Longwell shot 61.5% from the floor and 85.7% from the free throw line while playing in 71 out of 80 possible minutes.
  • Trio Shines as Men's Basketball Overcomes Early Deficit to Defeat Wheaton
    January 25, 2014
    Norton, MA --- WPI forwards Domenick Mastascusa and Ryan Kolb dialed up 25 points apiece as the Engineers slowly chipped away from a 15-point deficit o come away with an eventual 83-69 victory over Wheaton in NEWMAC action on Saturday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium. With the win, the Crimson and Gray extended their winning streak to 13-straight games, which is now tied for the third longest streak in the 100-plus-year history of the program. Sam Longwell compiled 17 points, six rebounds and three assists and sophomore guard Zach Karalis rounded out the list of double digit scorers with ten points.
  • Longwell Posts Career High as No. 5 Men's Basketball Tops Clark
    January 22, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Sam Longwell led the charge for the WPI men’s basketball team against city rival Clark on Wednesday night at Harrington Auditorium, as the junior set a career-high with 31 points in a 81-69 victory. Longwell scored 16 in the first half, hitting all four of his 3-pointers before the break. He then added four more field goals and seven free throws in the second half to help WPI to its 12th straight victory and its 26th win in a row at Harrington, tying Stephen F. Austin for the third longest home arena winning streak in all of men’s college basketball, one ahead of Florida and one behind Duke.
  • BOSTON HERALD FEATURE: WPI unafraid of the grind
    January 21, 2014
    Appearing in the national rankings is nothing new for Chris Bartley and his Worcester Polytechnic Institute men’s team. Taking an opponent’s best shot in the midst of a competitively balanced NEWMAC schedule has also become old hat for the fifth-ranked (according to D3hoops.com) Engineers as well. Grinding out victories has become the way, with another fitting the mold this weekend at Emerson. WPI turned the ball over 17 times and had its offensive struggles for stretches, but still claimed an 11th straight win.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute Names Laurie Leshin as its 16th President
    January 21, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- After a six-month intensive search, the Board of Trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has elected Laurie Leshin, PhD, as the university's 16th president. Over the past 20 years, Leshin, a geochemist and space scientist, established herself as both an academic and administrative leader, having cultivated an impressive career at NASA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Arizona State University (ASU), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Leshin was selected to lead WPI from an initial candidate pool of approximately 200.
  • Men's Basketball's Domenick Mastascusa Cited by WACBA
    January 20, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- WPI Men’s Basketball junior Domenick Mastascusa has been recognized as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Player of the Week for his efforts the week ending Sunday, January 19. Mastascusa came off the bench to spark WPI by shooting an eye-popping 84.6% from the floor in a pair of victories last week. Men’s Basketball (14-1), currently ranked No. 5 by D3hoops.com, hosts city and conference foe Clark on Wednesday at 7pm.
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