|Freshman Kwame Firempong contributed 10 points and three steals in the tournament final
ROANOKE, Va. - Tufts defeated Emory & Henry, 71-56, Monday afternoon at the Bast Center to win the Morris Cregger New Year's Classic. The Jumbos improved to 6-4 on the season with their third consecutive victory, while the Wasps fell to 3-8 on the year.
Tufts used a balanced attack and stifling defense to take home the tournament title. The Jumbos finished with four players in double figures for the second time in the tournament. They held Emory & Henry to 35% shooting from the floor and 23.5% from behind the arc, while outscoring them, 40-28, in points in the paint.
Both teams battled it out in the first half, changing leads with four times, before Jumbo sophomore Alex Goldfarb (New York, NY) scored eight straight points to give Tufts a 21-16 advantage. Josh Cunningham responded with eight consecutive points for the Wasps to keep the score close at 30-26. The Jumbos closed the half with a 12-4 run to take a 42-30 lead into the half.
All-Tournament pick Alex Orchowski (Cornwall, NY) came out firing in the second half, connecting on four straight field goals to give Tufts a 52-36 lead. The Wasps battled back to cut the lead to 11 before the Jumbos put together an 11-2 run to give them their largest lead of the game at 62-43. Emory & Henry responded with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 12, but could pull no closer. Tufts then closed the game out connecting on 17 of 21 free throws in the second half.
Tournament MVP Amauris Quezada (New York, NY) was excellent again for Tufts, finishing with 15 points, six steals and four assists in the contest, while Orchowski contributed game-highs of 20 points on 10 of 11 shooting and nine rebounds. Sophomore Scott Anderson (Sudbury, MA) and freshman Kwame Firempong (Inglewood, CA) added 12 and 10 points respectively.
Cunningham paced the Wasps with 15 points, connecting on three shots from downtown. Jorel Terrell scored in double digits for the second game of the tournament, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds, while Terrance added eight points and five boards.
Quezada brought home tournament Most Valuable Player honors for Tufts after combining for 35 points, eight steals, seven assists and five rebounds over the two day tournament. He was joined on the all-tournament team by big man Alex Orchowski, who shot 12 of 13 from the field for the tournament.
Terrance Griggs led the charge for the Wasps, finishing with 41 points and 12 rebounds over both games. Griggs poured in 33 points in yesterday's contest against Hiwasee. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by freshman Jorel Terrell who finished the tournament with 21 points and 10 boards.
With the win, Tufts has already matched last season's victory total of six. The tournament victory is the first for the Jumbos since taking the Roger Williams University/Courtyard by Marriott Tournament in November 2008.
Game release courtesy of Roanoke College