|Junior tri-captain James Long scored seven off the bench for Tufts
MEDFORD - Connecticut College freshman guard Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, NJ) scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half when the visiting Camels overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to earn their first NESCAC men's basketball win, 64-53, on Friday night at Tufts.
The Camels, who out-scored the Jumbos 47-26 in the second half, improved to 1-4 in the league and 10-9 overall. Tufts (9-9, 2-3 NESCAC) finished with the game with more turnovers (24) than field goals (18).
The Jumbos got out to a 17-6 lead behind five points apiece from junior guard Amauris Quezada (New York, NY) and junior forward James Long (Nowell, MA). However, Conn came back to score the next nine points - five by 6'10" sophomore Pete Banos (Trumbull, CT) - to make it a 17-15 Tufts lead with 7:42 remaining until halftime. The Camels would only score two more points over the remainder of the period as the Jumbos took a 27-17 advantage into the locker room.
Sophomore Alex Goldfarb (New York, NY) scored five points late in the first half and led Tufts with eight at the break. Banos had five points, two rebounds and two blocks for the Camels. It was a poorly played half, with neither team shooting over 32 percent and both combining for 22 turnovers.
Connecticut College started the first half with an 8-2 spurt that cut the deficit to four points, 29-25, on a lay-up by Banos at 14:46. The Jumbos were up 33-28 following Goldfarb's jumper at 13:27. The Camels responded with the next six points to take their first lead since early in the game at 34-33 on Jethro Anilus's (Stamford, CT) lay-up at 11:16.
The teams would go at each other for the next six minutes. Tufts led 41-37 after Tom Folliard's (Richmond, VA) lay-up at 9:48. The Camels rallied to take a 46-41 advantage on a pair of free throws by Rob Harrigan (Milford, CT) at 7:21. The Jumbos battled back to within one (50-49) on a three-pointer by Quezada at 5:15.
That's when the visitors pulled away. Over the next four minutes, Connecticut College scored 11 unanswered points led by seven from Vadas to go ahead 61-49 with 1:23 remaining. That was too much of a deficit for the Jumbos to overcome and the Camels had their first league win.
Connecticut College shot 52.4 percent (11/21) from the floor in the second half and committed just six turnovers after recording 11 in the first half. They were four for five on threes and 21 for 23 at the line (91.3 percent) in the second half. Harrigan scored eight of his nine points in the second half and also finished with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior Brian Mahoney (Quincy, MA) also had a productive second half with seven of his nine points and finished seven for eight on free throws overall.
The Jumbos were led by 13 points each by Quezada and Golbfarb. Junior Alex Orchowski (Cornwall, NY) finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams continue NESCAC action tomorrow. Tufts hosts Wesleyan and Connecticut College travels to Bates, both for 2 pm starts.