MEDFORD – Despite 16 points and six assists from junior captain Eric Savage the Tufts men's basketball team couldn't hold off a late first half surge from No. 3 Williams, and the Jumbos fell to the Ephs, 85-61, on Friday night in Cousens Gym.
|Eric Savage led the Jumbos with 16 points on Friday night|
With the loss the Jumbos are now 7-9 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC play. Williams improves to 14-0 overall and 3-0 in conference games.
Things started slow for both teams. Harry Feinberg made a game-opening three for Williams and then neither team scored for about two and a half minutes. The two teams traded a few baskets, and halfway through the first half the Ephs had a 15-13 lead.
With the Ephs ahead 21-18 with 6:47 to go in the half, Williams got back-to-back threes from Kyle Scadlock and James Heskett to take their lead to nine. Matt Karpowicz then turned in a layup, and the Ephs were ahead by 11, 29-18, with 5:17 left in the half.
Junior captain Eric Savage answered with a layup for the Jumbos to break up the scoring streak and bring the Jumbos within nine. But then Heskett added a layup and Karpowicz followed that with one of his own, and the Ephs were ahead 33-20 with 3:37 left in the half. They would take a 43-29 lead into the break.
The Ephs came out of the break and increased their lead to 18 off a three from Bobby Casey about five minutes into the second half. But, the Jumbos answered and got on a bit of a roll. Savage started it with a jumper and then sophomore Brennan Morris added a layup to cut the lead to 14. A layup from sophomore Justin Kouyoumdjian on the Jumbos' next possession cut the lead to 12, 55-43, with 13:40 left in the game.
Feinberg made a three to start the Ephs scoring again, and then Karpowicz added a layup to put the Ephs ahead 60-43. After a three from Jumbo sophomore Will Brady, Karopwicz scored four points and the Ephs were ahead 18, 64-46, with about ten minutes left in the game. They would hold on to that lead and pick up the 85-61 win.
Savage finished with 16 points and six assists for the Jumbos. Sophomore Luke Rogers added ten points and 12 rebounds. Morris finished with nine points and three assists and Kouyoumdjian added eight points. Brady turned in seven points off the bench, and added four rebounds as well. Freshman Tyler Aronson and junior Pat Racy each added four points and four rebounds.
Heskett led the Ephs with 21 points and five rebounds. Karpowicz turned in 18 points and ten rebounds. Casey added 14 points and nine rebounds, along with eight assists. Feinberg finished with 12 points and four rebound,s and Scadlock added 12 points and four assists.
The Jumbos play again on Saturday when they host Middlebury for a 3 pm tip off. Williams travels to Bates to play on Saturday with a 3 pm start.