Season-High 97 Points Gives Men's Basketball Big Win Over Lesley Monday Night

CAMBRIDGE – Senior Vincent Pace scored 26 and sophomore Eric Savage helped with 20 as the Tufts men's basketball team dealt Lesley a 97-74 win on the road on Monday evening.  The 97 points is a season-high for the Jumbos. 

Will Brady scored 15 points off the bench, all from downtown.

The win moves Tufts' record to 13-5 overall, and they are 3-2 in NESCAC play.  The Lynx fall to 10-7 overall on the year. 

Tufts ran out to an early lead, scoring the first eight points of the game thanks to threes from Savage and Pace, and a layup from senior Everett Dayton.  A layup from Marquise Johnson put the Lynx on the board, but five minutes into the game the Jumbos were up by 13.  

The Lynx got a layup from Charlie Reznikoff and then a jumper from Jordan Bellitti to cut the lead to nine. A three from Joey Martin reduced the Jumbo lead to six with 12:46 left in the half.  Neither team would score for a little over two minutes, and the Jumbos broke that by increasing their lead back to eight with a jumper from Pace.  Chase Howard scored the next four points to bring the Lynx within four, 21-17, with 8:58 remaining. 

After a three from Pace, the Lynx answered with a three from Howard and then a layup and a free throw from Will Gibson brought the Lynx within one, 24-23, with 6:39 left in the half. About a minute later Joey Martin sunk a three that gave Lesley their first lead of the game, 28-26, with 5:42 to go. 

Senior KJ Garrett made one of two at the charity stripe to cut the lead to one, and then freshman Luke Rogers was one-for-two at the line as well to tie the game at 28 with just under four minutes left to play in the half.  The two teams traded points, and freshman Will Brady made back-to-back threes to tie the game at 34 and then give the Jumbos a three point lead. Senior Kene Adigwe made two free throws to increase the lead to five, but a three from Gibson sent the teams into the break with the Jumbos up two, 39-37. 

A Gibson three early in the second half gave the home team a lead again, but then Pace answered with a three of his own to take back the lead for good.  Sophomore Patrick Racy followed that with a jumper and then Pace drained another three.  After a three from Martin for the Lynx, senior Thomas Lapham joined the fun with one of his own from downtown.  

Around nine minutes into the second half the Jumbos were up by ten, 67-57. Brady drained another three, and then Garrett added a layup and followed that with three made free throws to increase the Jumbo lead to 18 about halfway through the second half. The Jumbos were able to hold on to that lead, picking up the 97-74 win. 

Pace finished with 26 points, including five three's, and added eight rebounds and two assists.  Savage added 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Brady scored 15 off the bench for the Jumbos, all coming from three's as he was 5-for-6 from behind the arc. Garrett added eight points and six rebounds off the bench for Tufts.  The Jumbos got 35 points from their bench on the evening and made 16 threes during the game. 

Howard finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench for the Lynx.  Four of their five starters also turned in double-digit points as Martin finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, Gibson totaled 11 points and three assists, Bellitti added ten points and Johnson turned in ten points and five assists. 

The Jumbos are back in action with a road NESCAC weekend coming up.  They play at Connecticut College on Friday with a 7 pm scheduled start.  The Lynx play again on Wednesday when they travel to Elms for a 7 pm start.