MEDFORD – Senior captain Vincent Pace scored his 1,000th career point but it wasn't enough as the No. 6 Tufts men's basketball team fell to MIT, 93-83, in Cousens Gym on Tuesday night. The game was the Jumbos home opener.
|Vincent Pace scored his 1,000th career point on Tuesday night.|
Pace finished the game with 27 points, scoring his 1,000th on a free throw with 10:53 left in the second half. He is the 31st player in program history to hit the 1,000 points mark.
With the setback Tufts is now 1-2 this season. MIT improves to 3-0 with the win.
The Jumbos grabbed an early lead and were able to hold on to that for the beginning of the first half. An Eric Savage jump shot put the Jumbos up 18-12, and three-point play from Pace gave the Jumbos the 21-12 advantage. Two from freshman Luke Rogers increased the Jumbos lead to 11, 23-12.
With the Jumbos ahead by 11 with just over nine minutes left in the half, the Engineers started a comeback. A three from Cameron Korb cut the lead to eight, and that was followed by layups from Bradley Jomard and Tim Roberts. Nacho Nwana made two free throws to bring the Engineers within two with 7:48 left in the half. Another jumper from Jomard would tie the game at 27 with 7:26 left in the half. Cameron Korb made a free throw with 6:16 left in the half that gave the visitors their first lead of the evening.
The two teams traded points a bit, and with the Jumbos down by four, 36-32, the Engineers built on their lead a bit. Aidan Einloth sunk a three, and a dunk from Bradley Jomard put them up by nine. A jumper from Einloth gave the Engineers a 43-32 lead with just over a minute left in the half. Pace turned in two to cut the lead to ten, 43-33, and that's how the half ended.
After the half the visitors held on to a lead for a good part of the second half. With just over 11 minutes left to play senior captain Everett Dayton made a layup and was fouled, making the free throw to bring the Jumbos within five, 63-58. Pace made two free throws and then a layup from sophomore Pat Racy brought the Jumbos within one, 63-62, with just over ten minutes left in the game.
But, layup from AJ Jurko and then a three from Einloth gave the Engineers the 68-62 lead again. And they were able to grow that lead again. With the Jumbos down by ten, 82-72, with just under four left, they made a comeback once again. Freshman Will Brady made one from downtown, and after one free throw from MIT's Nwana, layups from Savage, sophomore Miles Bowers and Pace brought the Jumbos within two, 83-81 with just over two minutes left to play.
MIT got a layup from Jomard, and then two free throws from Nwana and they were ahead 87-81. That was a lead they did not let go of, and the Engineers moved to the 93-83 win.
Pace led all scorers with 27 points and he also added three rebounds and four steals to his night. Savage finished with 13 points and four rebounds and Racy turned in 12 points and four boards. Bowser's day ended with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Jumbos struggled from downtown, shooting just 20% from three-point range.
MIT had four players in double-digits. Jomard finished with 24 points and six rebounds and four steals. Jurko had 18 points and Einloth added 15 points. Korb turned in 13 points and three rebounds.
The Jumbos are back in action next Tuesday when they travel to WPI for a 7 pm tip-off with the Engineers. MIT plays again on Saturday when they host Keene State for a 12 pm start.