|Freshman Oliver Cohen contributed nine points and six assists
KEENE, N.H. – Sophomore Eric Fazio (Hopewell Junction, NY) scored a season-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Keene State to a 86-64 victory over Tufts University in non-conference men's basketball action at Spaulding Gym on Thursday night.
Bouncing back from its first loss of the season against Springfield on Tuesday, Keene State improves to 5-1. Sophomore Alex Goldfarb (New York, NY) had a team-high 18 points for the Jumbos, who go to 2-2.
Taking their first lead of the game 18-17 on a jump hook by sophomore Rashad Wright (Agawam, MA), the Owls gradually built on their lead in the first half.
Returning to the line-up after missing Tuesday's game with an injury, junior Cody Snow (Leydan, MA) dished off to junior Ollie Hunter (Bedford, NH) for a lay-up that put KSC up 26-20 at the 6:46 mark. That play triggered a 19-3 run the rest of the half for the Owls, who went to the locker room with a 42-23 lead. The run included several nice baskets by the Owls, including a reverse lay-up by Fazio and a top of the key three-pointer by sophomore Geoff Woodbury (Hyde Park, MA). Fazio scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half.
Goldfarb scored 12 of the Jumbo's 23 points in the first 20 minutes. Tufts shot just 29 percent (8/28) from the field and 30 percent from the line (3/10) in the first half.
The Owls continued to push the ball up the court in the second half. Sophomore Ryan Martin (Wayne, ME) fed Wright for a break-away dunk that put KSC up 53-32 at the 15:59 mark.
Tufts made a mild run midway in the second half. Senior Sam Mason (York, ME) hit a three-pointer from the corner to cut the Owls' lead to 12 points (59-47) with 10:30 to play. However, Keene State regained control of the game. A three-pointer by freshman John Boyatsis (Dover, NH) and a conventional three-point play by Martin pushed the Owls lead back up to 20 points (75-55) with 5:45 to play.
Hunter tied his season high with 14 points to go with seven rebounds while Wright finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Martin added 13 points and Woodberry scored nine points and had seven rebounds coming off the bench.
Keene State hosts UMass-Boston in its first Little East Conference game of the season on Saturday. Prior to the game, KSC will have a banner ceremony for the Owls 2006-07 NCAA Sweet-16 team.
Tufts plays Salem State in the Big Four Challenge on Saturday at Babson College.
Game release by Keene State College