|Amauris Quezada got the second semester rolling with 20 points at Roanoke
SALEM, Va. -- The Tufts University men's basketball team continued its 2010-11 season after more than three weeks off with an impressive 90-72 victory over host Roanoke in the Morris Cregger Classic on Saturday evening at the Bast Center. The Jumbos improved to 5-4 on the season while the Maroons fell to 4-5.
Tufts used hot shooting to defeat Roanoke in the first ever meeting between the two teams. The Jumbos hit 10 of 19 from behind the arc (52.6%). They also shot 58.5% from the field for the game, including 65.2% in the second half. The Maroons finished just 1 for 12 from three point range on the contest.
Both teams traded baskets throughout much of the first half, with Tufts taking their largest lead of the half, 33-26, with nine minutes remaining. Roanoke battled back to within two points, 37-35, before a three-pointer at the buzzer by sophomore Alex Goldfarb (New York, NY) sent the Jumbos into the locker room with a five-point advantage.
The visitors continued their hot shooting to start the second half, going on an 11-4 run to take a 12-point lead, 49-37, with 16 minutes remaining. The Maroons fought hard to cut the lead to single digits twice, but could never cut the deficit to less than eight.
Tufts finished the game with four players scoring in double digits. They were led by junior Amauris Quezada's (New York, NY) 20 points. Goldfarb contributed 16, while freshman guard Oliver Cohen (Penn Valley, PA) and junior James Long (Norwell, MA) each totalled 13 points respectively.
The Maroons shot the ball well from the floor, shooting 47.5% for the game. Kwasi Amponsah (Woodbridge, VA) paced three players in double figures for Roanoke with a career-high 22 points, off of 7 of 12 shooting from the field, and 7 of 8 shooting from the charity stripe. Logan Singleton (Roanoke, VA) added 12 points, off 6 of 8 shooting and five rebounds, while Melvin Felix (Caguas, Puerto Rico) chipped in 10 markers.
Both teams return to action tomorrow in the Morris Cregger Classic. Tufts plays against Emory & Henry College at 1 pm. Roanoke returns to action tomorrow as they host Hiwasee in the final game of the Morris Cregger Classic at 3 pm.
Game release courtesy of Roanoke College