MEDFORD – Six different players finished with double-digit points as the Tufts men's basketball team downed visiting UMass-Dartmouth, 111-76, in Cousens Gym on Tuesday evening. The Jumbos scored over 100 points for the first time this season, including 51.9 percent from behind the arc, their best mark this year.
|Thomas Lapham finished with 16 points and eight assists.|
The win moves the Jumbos record to 15-6 overall, and they remain 4-3 in NESCAC play. UMass-Dartmouth is now 11-9 after the loss, and they are 4-5 in Little East Conference games.
The Jumbos scored the first seven points of the game thanks to five from senior Thomas Lapham and a layup from sophomore Eric Savage. The Corsairs got on the board with a jumper from Arinze Obiora, but the Jumbos answered with a three from Lapham, followed by seven more unanswered points to take a 13 point lead just about five minutes into the game.
Up by 11 with just under eight minutes left to play Lapham once again started a Jumbos scoring streak. His three was followed by a three from classmate Everett Dayton, and then a layup and a free throw from Savage increased the Jumbo lead to 20 with 6:19 left in the half.
Tufts' advantage would hover around there until just about three minutes remained in the half when the Corsairs put a dent in that lead. Down by 18 the visitors got six straight points from Obiora, and then four free throws from Jake Ashworth to cut the lead to ten with 1:01 left to play. But, that was as close as the Corsairs would get, as the Jumbos finished the half with a layup from Pace and a dunk from senior KJ Garrett to give Tufts the 14 point lead at the half, 51-37.
It was Tufts that came out of the half on fire, scoring the first 13 points of the frame, including threes from Dayton, Lapham and Savage and two free throws from Pace. That would put them ahead by 25 early in the second half. The Corsairs answered with a jumper from Obiora, followed by a layup from Brandon Williams Jr. and a jumper from Ashworth to cut the lead to under 20 with 15:56 left in the half.
A jumper from Pace put the Jumbos lead back into the 20's and they would not lead by less than that for the rest of the game. The Jumbos commanded the remainder of the second half, leading by as many as 35 late in the game.
Savage was the point leader for the Jumbos with 18 points. Lapham had a day with 16 points and eight assists. Pace notched his eighth double-double of the year with 14 points and ten rebounds. Freshman Brennan Morris scored 11 points, including going 3-for-4 from downtown. Dayton added ten points and three assists. The Jumbos got points from 13 different players, including 49 points from the bench.
The Corsairs were led by a game-high 22 points from Obiora, and he also added six boards to his day. Ashworth finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Williams Jr. scored 13 points and Patrick Gavin added 12 points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Jumbos are back in action on Friday when they host Amherst for a 7 pm NESCAC contest in Cousens Gym. The Corsairs play again on Saturday with a trip to Southern Maine for a 3 pm start.