BROOKLINE, Mass. – Thanks to double digit points from four different players the Tufts men's basketball team picked up an 84-71 win over Newbury on the road on Thursday night. The game was the second of a busy week for the Jumbos who played WPI on Tuesday, and host the New England Big Four Challenge this weekend.
|Kene Adigwe helped the Jumbos with ten points off the bench.|
With the win the Jumbos improve to 3-2 on the year while the Nighthawks fall to 1-3 with the loss.
The two teams traded points and the lead early, and that was what much of the first half would be. The game was tied three times and the lead changed nine times in the first half. With the score locked at 35 with just over four minutes left in the half, two points from senior captain Everett Dayton gave the Jumbos a 37-35 lead and they were able to hold on to that and take a 44-39 advantage into the break.
The Jumbos scored the first six points out of the break to take a 50-39 lead. With 13:43 remaining in the game the Jumbos got a layup from rookie Max Oppenheim to move their lead to 11, 60-49. The Nighthawks started a comeback, as Jeduan Langston scored seven unanswered points to bring the hosts within four, 60-56.
But the Jumbos responded with two free throws from senior Kene Adigwe, and that was followed by two points from freshman Justin Kouyoumdjian and another two from Adigwe to give the Jumbos the 66-56 lead. The Jumbos held on to that lead for the 84-71 win.
Sophomore Eric Savage was the point leader for the Jumbos finishing with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Dayton finished with 15 points and sophomore Pat Racy tallied 13 points and three rebounds. Lapham added ten points and four assists, and Adigwe turned in ten points off the bench for the Jumbos. Kouyoumdjian was the rebound leader, finishing with nine.
Daivon Edwards led the Nighthawks offensively, finishing with 24 points and five rebounds. Langston added 19 points and nine boards with four assists. Ato Botsio tallied 11 rebounds and Miguel Rivera finished with 12 points and seven assists.
The Jumbos play again on Saturday when they host the New England Big Four Challenge. They will take on Salem State in the opening round of play on Saturday at 3 pm. Brandeis and Babson play in the other game on Saturday. Saturday's losers play at 1 pm on Sunday with the winners facing off at 3 pm. Newbury takes the court again next Tuesday, December 5, when they host Mount Ida College for a 5 pm start.