JUMBOS HOLD ON FOR 75-72 VICTORY AT UMASS DARTMOUTH TO CLOSE FIRST SEMESTER

Sophomore Matt Lanchantin added seven points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench

NORTH DARTMOUTH - Junior forward James Long (Norwell, MA/Norwell HS) scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the visiting Tufts men's basketball team won 75-72 in a non-conference game against UMass Dartmouth at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.

In addition to Long, Tufts was led offensively by sophomore guard Alex Goldfarb (New York, NY), who netted 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting, including 4 of 10 from three-point. Junior guard Amauris Quezada (New York, NY) dished out a game-high six assists with 10 points in the win. The Jumbos shot 52.7 percent (29/55) from the field, 26.7 percent (4/15) from three-point range and 68.4 percent (13/19) from the charity stripe. The Jumbos out rebounded the Corsairs, 37-33, during the contest.

Junior guard Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI) poured in a game-hgh 24 points for UMass Dartmouth, but it wasn't enough. The Corsairs had four players reach double-digit points in the loss. Burns amassed his total on 9 of 15 shooting, including 3 of 5 from three point range, with four rebounds. Junior guard Paul Rose (Boston, MA) scored 11 points while fellow junior guard Alex Klepadlo (Bernardston, MA) added 10 points. Junior center Justin Pulver (Plymouth, MA) came off the bench with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. UMass Dartmouth shot 42.2 percent (27/64) from the floor, 39.1 perecent (9/23) from behind the three-point line and 56.3 percent (9/16) on free throws.

After the opening jump, the Jumbos charged out to an early 9-2 lead with 15:04 left in the first half. Tufts slowly built a lead over the first seven minutes, pushing the score to 25-13 with 7:44 on the clock. The Jumbos maintained a double-digit lead over the Corsairs for a majority of the first half, with their largest lead of 16 points, 34-18, coming at the 3:28 mark. A 9-4 run by the Corsairs cut their deficit to only nine, but consecutive layups by Jumbo freshman guard Kwame Firempong (Inglewood, CA) put Tufts up 42-29 going in the half.

Corsair freshman guard Steve Handy (Oaks Bluffs, MA) started the second half with five straight points, pulling UMD within nine with 17:24 left to play. Both squads exchanged baskets over the next 10 minutes, but a three-pointer by Burns cut the Jumbo lead to seven points, 62-55, with 7:59 remaining. UMD continued to pressure Tufts and a 12-7 run by the Corsairs made the score 71-67 with 2:45 on the clock. The next two minutes remained scoreless, forcing the teams to fight to the final minute. Buckets by both teams made it 73-69, but a technical foul call against the Jumbos, after a foul was already committed, gave the Corsairs a golden opportunity to tie the game on free throws. Pulver missed both of his attempts and Burns only made one of his two chances, putting the score at 73-70 with nine seconds left. Burns hit two free throws late, but a desperation three from Rose at the buzzer was off the rim, securing the 75-72 victory for Tufts.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-4 with the loss, while Tufts improved to 4-4 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday in the second game of a Little East Conference doubleheader. Tufts will return to action at Roanoke's Morris Cregger Classic January 2nd.

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Game release courtesy of UMass Dartmouth