2017-2018 WPI Men's Basketball News

  • SUMMER REWIND: Men's Basketball Tops Eventual National Semifinalist in NEWMAC Semis
    July 26, 2018
    Springfield, MA --- Reid Walker (Lithia, FL) tied his career-high with 23 points, including the final free throw, and Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) forced overtime with a late layup as fourth-seeded WPI knocked off top-seeded Springfield, 84-80, in the NEWMAC Men's Basketball Championship semifinals held in Blake Arena. Kahleb Downing (Middleton, CT) canned a key 3-pointer and a jumper in the extra session.
  • WPI Basketball and Football Mourn the Passing of William M. “Bill” Gibbons
    June 06, 2018
    The WPI basketball and football teams, as well as the entire athletic department, mourn the loss of venerable PA announcer William M. “Bill” Gibbons who passed away June 5 following a recent bout with cancer. The longtime educator and coach was an icon in the Central Mass. basketball and tennis communities.
  • WPI Men Second, Women Third in NEWMAC President Cup Standings
    June 04, 2018
    Westwood, MA --- For the third consecutive year WPI finished second in the Men’s NEWMAC Presidents Cup standings while the women placed third, as announced at the conference's annual meetings by WPI President Laurie Leshin along with NEWMAC President and WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon.
  • WPI Honors 11 Major Award Winners During Annual Athletic Banquet
    May 31, 2018
    WORCESTER – The WPI athletic department recently honored all of its 20 varsity teams which encompasses over 600 student-athletes at its annual awards banquet. During the festivities, 11 student-athletes were presented with major awards. These accolades highlight some of the best varsity student-athletes at WPI who excel both in the classroom and in their respective sports.
  • Men's Basketball Announces June 30 Elite Camp Information
    May 08, 2018
    Play against top competition from the East Coast and work with the WPI Men's Basketball program.
  • The Goat Nation Giving Challenge "A Resounding Success"
    March 30, 2018
    Thank you to all who supported WPI’s first-ever Goat Nation Giving Challenge! 544 alumni donors helped raise $30,860 for the WPI Fund for Athletics, making the challenge a resounding success. These gifts will allow us to continue to provide the newest equipment, dedicated training spaces, top-notch coaches, and more for our student-athletes. Because of your support, WPI Athletics will continue to soar to new levels of greatness.
  • Biney, Beck and Rodgers Net All-WACBA Honors
    March 21, 2018
    WORCESTER – Women’s Basketball seniors Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) and Madison Beck (Syracuse, NY), as well as Men’s Basketball senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) have garnered postseason honors from the Worcester Area College Basketball Association, as announced Wednesday in the Telegram & Gazette. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption, as well as members of the local media. Biney repeated as a first team selection while Beck and Rodgers landed on their respective second teams.
  • Rodgers, Buckley, Melanson & Day Earn NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Recognition
    February 28, 2018
    Westwood, MA --- The winter NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship teams were recently revealed following a busy championship weekend.
  • Rodgers Doubles Up With Men's Basketball All-NEWMAC First Team & Sportsmanship Nods
    February 27, 2018
    Westwood, MA --- WPI senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) has been named to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team following a vote by the head coaches at the conclusion of the regular season. He was also selected as the Engineers representative on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team. The same feat was accomplished last year by Ian Converse.
  • Walker Shines as Men’s Basketball Edged by MIT in NEWMAC Championship Final
    February 25, 2018
    Springfield, MA --- Tournament Most Outstanding Player, junior AJ Jurko (Weston, FL) and WPI freshman Reid Walker (Lithia, FL) shared game-high honors with 16 points apiece as third-seeded, and No. 25, MIT edged fourth-seeded WPI, 63-57, Sunday afternoon in the 2018 NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship game played in Springfield’s in Blake Arena.
  • Walker, Rodgers & Downing, Oh My: Men’s Basketball Advances to NEWMAC Final
    February 24, 2018
    Springfield, MA --- Reid Walker (Lithia, FL) tied his career-high with 23 points, including the final free throw, and Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) forced overtime with a late layup as fourth-seeded WPI knocked off top-seeded Springfield, 84-80, in the NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals held in Blake Arena. Kahleb Downing (Middleton, CT) canned a key 3-pointer and a jumper in the extra session.
  • Career Nights Carry Men’s Basketball to 15th Consecutive NEWMAC Semifinal
    February 21, 2018
    WORCESTER – Sophomore Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) was a rebound shy of a double-double in the first half and went on to tie his career-bests of 17 points and 10 rebounds without a turnover and senior Aaron Todd (York, ME) shared game-high honors with a career-best 21 points as fourth-seeded WPI advanced to its 15th consecutive NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship semifinal with a 95-76 victory over fifth-seeded Wheaton Wednesday night in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Rodgers Shines as Men’s Basketball Concludes Regular Season at MIT
    February 17, 2018
    Cambridge, MA --- Led by a combined 47 points from junior captains AJ Jurko (Weston, FL) and Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, CA), the MIT men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 71-59 home win over WPI on Saturday afternoon in Rockwell Cage.
  • Rodgers and Wisniewski’s 37 Not Enough to Tame Springfield in Men’s Basketball Clash
    February 14, 2018
    WORCESTER -- After a strong WPI first half, Springfield’s Jake Ross (Northampton, MA) lit it up from the field, outpacing all scorers and feeding his team as the Pride exited Harrington Auditorium with the 81-74 NEWMAC Men’s Basketball win Wednesday night.
  • NEWMAC Recognizes 31 Winter Student-Athletes for Work in the Classroom
    February 13, 2018
    Westwood, MA --- Eleven WPI winter student-athletes garnered NEWMAC Academic All-Conference status for the third time as 20 more were also recognized for carrying a 3.5 GPA or better. Men’s Swimming & Diving totaled 13 selections, followed by Women’s Swimming & Diving with 12. Women’s Basketball featured four selections and Men’s Basketball netted a pair.
  • Rodgers Scores 27, Stops Time, as Men's Basketball Bests Emerson
    February 10, 2018
    WORCESTER -- Chris Rodgers paced all players with 27 points and Jake Wisniewski added 17 as WPI defeated visiting Emerson 105-77 in a NEWMAC men’s basketball contest played Saturday afternoon in Harrington Auditorium. 
  • Men’s Basketball Downed by Babson; Rodgers, Wheeler & Wisniewski Net Double Digits
    February 07, 2018
    Babson Park, MA --- Freshman Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, CT) scored a game-best 16 points while he was joined in double figures by the rest of the Babson starters as the Beavers held off WPI, 68-59, Wednesday night in a NEWMAC Men’s basketball contest that was played in Staake Gymnasium.
  • On Campus: Chris Rodgers Embraces Role of Floor General and More for WPI Basketball
    February 06, 2018
    The Rodgers’ family basketball legacy in New England is well established. Just as Jimmy Rodgers was a longtime Boston Celtics assistant and eventually the team’s head coach from 1988 through 1990, his grandson Chris has become an on-court leader an hour from Boston.
  • Wheeler’s Second Half Fuels Career Day to Send Men’s Basketball Past Coast Guard
    February 03, 2018
    WORCESTER – Freshman Dakota Wheeler (Easthampton, MA) scored 14 of his career and game-best 17 points in the second half as WPI pulled away with a 79-70 NEWMAC Men’s Basketball triumph over visiting Coast Guard Saturday in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Men’s Basketball Set to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge
    February 01, 2018
    WORCESTER – Making 3-point shots this basketball season has taken on additional meaning for Chris Bartley and the WPI men’s basketball team. The Engineers are using their spotlight on the court to raise money for the American Cancer Society as a part of the national Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.
  • Doherty, Rodgers and Wisniewski Key Men’s Basketball Triumph on CharterTV3
    January 30, 2018
    WORCESTER – Sophomore Lou Doherty (Arlington, MA) scored a career-high 11 points in nine minutes off the bench in the first half while senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) and sophomore Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) totaled 33 points on the night as WPI held off upset-minded Clark, 82-74, in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball game that aired live on CharterTV3 from the venerable Kneller Athletic Center.
  • Zielinski and Wheeler Help Men’s Basketball Fend Off Wheaton’s Late Rally
    January 27, 2018
    WORCESTER – Seniors Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) and Aaron Todd (York, ME) combined for 22 first half points and classmate Dave Zielinski (Shelton, CT) sandwiched a free throw with a defensive and offensive rebound down the stretch to help WPI hold off Wheaton, 79-76, in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball matchup Saturday inside Harrington Auditorium.
  • Wisniewski, Needleman & Todd Net Double Digits as Men’s Basketball Falls at Springfield
    January 24, 2018
    Springfield, MA --- Sophomore Jake Ross (Northampton, MA) delivered a career-high 39 points and surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in just his 44th game as Springfield defeated visiting WPI, 86-67, Wednesday night in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball matchup at Blake Arena.
  • Rodgers and 3-Point Barrage Sends Men’s Basketball Past City & Conference Foe Clark
    January 20, 2018
    WORCESTER – Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) led all scorers with 21 points and seven assists to go with a pair of steals and six rebounds as WPI topped city and NEWMAC rival Clark. 85-72, in a men’s basketball showdown Saturday in Harrington Auditorium. The Engineers (10-7, 4-2) have now won their last four.
  • Another Rodgers Buzzer-Beater Thwarts Emerson in NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Action
    January 17, 2018
    Boston, MA --- WPI senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) delivered the game-winning jumper as time expired to lift WPI to a 74-73 victory over host Emerson in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball contest Wednesday night in Brown & Plofker Gym
  • Rodgers Acquires NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week Accolades
    January 16, 2018
    Westwood, MA --- WPI senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) has been selected as the NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week. He was also tabbed as the WPI Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday.
  • Rodgers Guides Men’s Basketball Past Coast Guard In NEWMAC Road Matchup
    January 13, 2018
    New London, CT --- Senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) had game-highs of 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while WPI used a 25-3 run which spanned both halves as the Engineers beat Coast Guard 90-64 in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball contest Saturday in Roland Hall.
  • Rodgers, Wisniewski, Walker and Todd Help Deliver Men’s Basketball’s Win at Wheaton
    January 10, 2018
    Norton, MA --- Led by senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA), four of five starters registered double-digit scoring as WPI went on the road and defeated Wheaton 74-64 Wednesday in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball matchup in Emerson Gymnasium.
  • Fast Start Not Enough as Men’s Basketball Falls to Babson in NEWMAC Action
    January 06, 2018
    WORCESTER – Babson freshman Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, CT) netted 19 of his game-best 25 points in the second half as the Beavers overcame an early 12-0 hole to defeat host WPI, 79-72, in a NEWMAC Men’s Basketball showdown Saturday in Harrington Auditorium.
  • Men’s Basketball Upended by Nationally-Ranked MIT in NEWMAC Opener
    January 03, 2018
    WORCESTER – Junior Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, CA) came off the bench to lead nationally-ranked MIT with 24 points as the visiting Engineers defeated WPI 94-58 on the opening night of NEWMAC action Wednesday in Harrington Auditorium.
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