Recap courtesy of UMass Boston
|Freshman Luke Rogers made six of seven field goals|
BOSTON - Freshman Luke Rogers scored 14 points in 10 minutes off the bench to lead 11 Jumbos who scored points overall in a 73-58 Tufts men's basketball non-league victory at UMass-Boston on Thursday night. The Jumbos (6-3) stormed to a 42-18 lead in the first half and never looked back.
The visiting Jumbos led by a 29-1 score 12 minutes into the game and were up 32-4 with five minutes remaining until halftime. Tufts gained the upper hand in the first half thanks to a 16-for-38 showing from the floor which included five 3-pointers. No one scored in double digits for Tufts in the first half, with eight points and seven rebounds by senior co-captain Vincent Pace leading the way. The Beacons shot a season-low 12.9% from the field prior to the halftime break.
The hosts did bounce back in a big way in the second half as they shot 34.2% from the field, and 33.3% from behind the arc. They also shot 83.3% from the charity stripe, and held a 24-18 advantage on the glass. However, the Tufts advantage remained comfortable throughout the second period.
Also finishing in double-figures for the Jumbos along with Rogers was Pace who had 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Senior co-captain Everett Dayton added eight points and eight rebounds. Tufts held a 51-45 advantage on the glass, including seven by Rogers.
Dasan Cinelli led the Beacons with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Charles Mitchell matched Tufts' Rogers for the game-high in points with 14. On the night, UMass shot just 24.6% from the field and 28.6% from behind the arc. The Beacons did win the battle on the offensive glass with their 14 rebounds.
Thursday's contest marked the 44th meeting between UMass Boston and Tufts University and was the Jumbos 13th win over UMB in the last 14 meetings.
Tufts takes the weekend off and returns to action at home on Tuesday against Framingham State at 7 p.m. The Beacons will host Rhode Island College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.