Men's Basketball Earns Commanding NESCAC Win Over Connecticut College Friday Night

NEW LONDON, Conn. –  The Tufts men's basketball team earned a sizable first half lead and increased that lead with a commanding second half to pick up a 86-54 win over Connecticut College on the road on Friday evening.  The Jumbos were led by 24 points from senior captain Vincent Pace

Everett Dayton scored 14 points and added six rebounds to the win.

The win moves the Jumbos record to 14-5 overall this year and 4-2 in NESCAC games.  Connecticut College falls to 6-12 overall with an 0-6 mark in NESCAC play.

The Jumbos scored the first seven points of the game thanks to an jumper from senior Everett Dayton and a layup and a three from Pace.  The two teams traded baskets and with the Jumbos up by ten the Camels were able to chip away a little, getting a layup and a three from Dan Draffan and then a layup from Phil Leotsakos to cut the Jumbo lead to three, 18-15, with 12:08 left in the half. 

After  two points from sophomore Pat Racy moved the Tufts advantage back up to five, the Camels got two from Austin Nwafor and then a three from Ben Bagnoli tied the game at 20 with just over seven minutes left to play in the half. 

With a six point lead with 3:46 left in the half, the Jumbos went on a 12 point unanswered streak to take a 18 point lead into the half, 43-25. 

The Jumbos scored the first five points of the second half to increase their lead to 23 before the Camels got a layup from Jack Zimmerman to break up the unanswered streak. It was Tufts that dominated the second half, leading by as many as 32 at one point.  Though the Camels would chip away a bit, the smallest they would cut the Jumbo lead was to 16. 

Pace was the offensive leader for the Jumbos with 24 points and eight rebounds.  Dayton finished with 14 points and six boards.  Freshman Will Brady turned in 12 points off the bench for the Jumbos, all coming from threes.  Racy turned in nine points and five rebounds and sophomore Eric Savage added eight points and four rebounds.  Rookie Justin Kouyoumdjian added three points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks off the bench for the Jumbos.  Senior KJ Garrett helped with seven points and four rebounds. 

Draffan was the point leader for the Camels, with 17 off the bench.  He also added three rebounds.  Labossiere finished with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals.  Leotsakos added six points and Bagnoli finished with five points, eight rebounds and three assists. 

The Jumbos are back in action on Saturday when they head over to take on No. 14 Wesleyan at 3 pm.  The Camels head up to Bates on Saturday for a 3 pm start with the Bobcats.