|Freshman Andrew Dowton gave Tufts a spark off the bench in the second half
WESTON - Derrick Neal (Boston, MA) led all-scorers with 19 points as the Regis College men's basketball team opened its home season with an 81-63 victory against Tufts University on Tuesday night. Junior guard Amauris Quezada (New York, NY) scored 13 points to pace the Jumbos. The result dropped Tufts to 1-1 overall, and advanced Regis College to 3-1.
Four Regis College players scored in double figures. In addition to Neal, Jimmy Irmiter (Chicago, IL) scored 15 points, Darrin Kelley (South Dennis, MA) had 14 and freshman Robert Edwards (Idaho Falls, ID) finished with 10 points.
Tufts sophomore Scott Anderson (Sudbury, MA) was the only other Jumbo in double digits with 12 points. Junior Alex Orchowski (Cornwall, NY) had a game-high nine rebounds.
As a team Regis College shot just under 63 percent from the field (32/61), and held Tufts to shooting just under 40 percent from the floor (23/58) for the game. With that solid offensive production, the Pride jumped to an early lead and never looked back.
Tufts was within 13 points at the eight-minute of the first half, but a jumper by Kelley with 6:19 remaining lifted Regis to a 17-point advantage. They led 44-25 at the break.
Returning from intermission, Regis would continue its consistent offensive attack, leading by 29 points with 14:55 remaining in the game. On the other side of the ball, Tufts was able to produce second-chance points. Anderson in particular was able to capitalize on offensive rebounds.
Tufts freshman Andrew Dowton (Canton, MA) would later rally the Jumbos, scoring nine points to cut the Regis College lead to 14 with 1:48 remaining. Many of Tufts' points came by out-rebounding Regis College 33-26, collecting 17 offensive rebounds. In the end, the deficit was too much to make up for the Jumbos.
Tufts University will host Lesley University next Tuesday (Nov. 30). Regis College will host Trinity on December 2.