WORCESTER – Behind double-doubles from both senior captain Vincent Pace and sophomore Eric Savage the Tufts men's basketball team grabbed an early lead and held onto it for an 88-67 win over WPI on the road on Tuesday night.
|Thomas Lapham finished with 19 points for the Jumbos.|
With the win the Jumbos are now 2-2 this season. WPI falls to 2-3 overall with the setback.
The two teams traded baskets early, but with the score tied at 16 about seven minutes into the game the Jumbos took the lead thanks to a three from senior captain Thomas Lapham, and they wouldn't let go of it. Lapham added another three on the Jumbos' next possession to give them a 22-16 lead.
WPI answered back a little, getting two free throws and a layup from Jake Wisniewski to come within two, 22-20. But, the Jumbos got a layup from sophomore Miles Bowser and then a jumper from senior captain Vincent Pace and a three from freshman Will Brady gave the Jumbos a 29-20 advantage.
After a Pace layup with just under two minutes left to play the Jumbos were ahead by 14, 47-33, and they would take an 11 point advantage into halftime.
The second half was much of the same as the Jumbos were able to hang on to the lead. With just over 11 minutes remaining in the game the Jumbos were up by ten, 61-51. The Engineers got two from Garrett Stephenson and then two free throws from Andreas Bitsos brought them within six 61-55, with over ten minutes remaining in the game. But, that would be as close as the Jumbos were able to grow their lead and led by as many as 23, on their way to an 88-67 win.
Pace was the point leader with 23 for the Jumbos and he also added 11 rebounds to his night. Savage finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds and also added four assists. Lapham added 19 points and four assists. Freshman Justin Kouyoumdjian helped with eight points off the bench for the Jumbos.
Stephenson turned in 24 points for the Engineers. Bitsos was able to add ten points and seven rebounds and Reid Walker finished with eight points off the bench.
Tufts is back in action on Thursday when they travel to Newbury for a 7 pm start. WPI plays again on Thursday as well when they host Framingham State with a scheduled 7 pm tip-off.