Rogers' Big Day Leads Men's Basketball To Tournament Win Over Roger Williams

BRISTOL, R.I. – Behind a career-high 32 points and a career-high 17 rebounds from sophomore Luke Rogers, the Tufts men's basketball team picked up an 88-84 win over Roger Williams to win the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament. Rogers was named to the All-Tournament Team and freshman Carson Cohen was named Tournament MVP.  

Luke Rogers finished with 32 points and 17 rebounds Saturday

With the win the Jumbos improve to 2-0 on the season.  They won over Saint Joseph's of Maine in the first game of tournament play.  Roger Williams suffered their first loss of the season and is now 3-1.  They beat Anna Maria to open up the tournament on Friday night. 

The Jumbos jumped out to an early lead and were ahead for the first six minutes of play.  Two free throws from Drew Hart tied the game and gave the Hawks their first lead, 16-15, with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.  The two teams traded points and the lead, and a three from sophomore Justin Kouyoumdjian tied things at 26 with just over eight minutes left in the half. 

The Hawks got back-to-back threes from Jake Heaton and Ian Carmichael to take a six-point lead, 32-26, with 6:31 left in the half.  The Hawks held on to that lead and a layup from Austin Coene put them ahead 37-29 with 3:52 left to go.  But, the Jumbos got things going, getting two free throws from Cohen, followed by a layup from Rogers and then a three from sophomore Will Brady brought them within one, 37-36.  Another Rogers layup with 1:29 left in the half gave the Jumbos the lead again. But, the Hawks responded with two free throws from Bryan Donovan and then a layup from Rich Pugliese to take a 41-38 lead into the break. 

Out of the half Rogers turned in a dunk and a layup to give the Jumbos the lead again right away. But then back-to-back threes gave the Hawks the lead and that's the way most of the first half of the second period would go. The two teams traded the lead, and neither team was able to build more than a six-point advantage.

With the Hawks ahead 62-61 with 10:34 left in the game, the Jumbos got a jumper from Rogers that put them ahead 63-62.  The Jumbos would hold on tot hat lead but the Hawks stayed right there.  A three form Pugliese brought them within two, 86-84, with five seconds left.  But Cohen made both free throws after being fouled and the Jumbos held on for the 88-84 win.  

Rogers' 32 points and 17 rebounds were game-highs in addition to career-highs.  Cohen helped with 15 points and nine assists and Brady finished with 11 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Jumbos.  Kouyoumdjian added ten points, three boards and three assists. 

Coene was the leader for the Hawks with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.  Pugliese finished with 14 points and Jj Pfohl added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.  The Hawks got 18 points from their bench from four different players.

The Jumbos are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to No. 5 MIT for a 7 pm start.  Roger Williams plays again on Tuesday as well when they travel to Wheaton for a 6 pm tip off.