WATERVILLE, Maine - The No. 8 Tufts University men's basketball team got double digit points from all five starters and opened up a big lead in the second half on the way to an 84-70 victory over Colby College in NESCAC play Saturday.
|Everett Dayton was one of five Jumbo starters with double digit points|
The Jumbos, who beat Bowdoin College on Friday, improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Colby dropped to 6-6 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Things were close early between the two teams, but with a two points lead just about five minutes into play, the Jumbos got a three point play from senior tri-captain Tarik Smith with a layup and a made free throw, and junior Stefan Duvivier added a three, followed by a layup from classmate KJ Garrett to give the Jumbos the 19-9 advantage with about 13 minutes remaining in the half. The Jumbos would outscore the Mules 28-15 to take a sizable 47-26 lead into the break.
The Mules were able to cut the Jumbos lead in the second half, as the visitors lead by nearly 20 or more points for most of the second half. With just under five minutes remaining the Mules were able to cut into the Jumbos lead as Tyler Williams brought them within 21, Sam Jefferson added a three and Dean Weiner followed that with two lay ups to bring the Mules within 14, 77-63 with just over three minutes remaining. But, that would be about as close as they would get as the Jumbos picked up the 84-70 win.
Junior Everett Dayton was 5-for-8 from the field for a game-high 15 points and dished five assists for the Jumbos. Smith had a game-high seven assists and scored 11 points, junior Ben Engvall was 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points, classmate Vincent Pace also had 11 points and blocked two shots, and senior tai-captain Tom Palleschi had 10 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
Sean Gilmore finished with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting for the Mules. Ethan Schlager hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range on the way to 11 points, Maximilian Steiner pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, and Ronan Schwarz added six assists and six points. Patrick Stewart scored eight points, had six rebounds, and four assists. Weiner was 4-for-4 from the field for nine points.
The Jumbos shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31) from the field in the first half and held the Mules to 28.2 percent (11-for-39) shooting to take a 47-26 margin at halftime. Smith had all 11 of his points in the opening half.
The Jumbos take the court again on Friday when they host Middlebury in Cousens Gym with a 7 pm start time. Colby will face off with Maine-Fort Kent on Tuesday at home with a 7 pm tip-off.