NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Luke Rogers turned in a double-double and was one of five Jumbos to score in double-digits at the Tufts men's basketball team picked up a 101-90 win at Laser on Thursday night. It was the first time this season the Jumbos surpassed the 100-point mark.
|Carson Cohen helped with 12 points on Thursday night.|
With the win Tufts is now 11-12 this season. Lasell falls to 6-16 with the loss.
The two teams traded points early, and ahead 10-9 about four minutes into play the Jumbos got hot. Freshman Tyler Aronson started it with a layup and then Rogers added three of his own. Sophomore Will Brady then turned in a layup that put the Jumbos ahead 20-9 with 12:27 left in the half. The Jumbos would lead by as many as 16 as they took a 59-47 lead into the break.
Down by 13 about four minutes into the second half the Lasers started a bit of a comeback. Vic Collazo got things started with a layup and a free throw to bring the Lasers within ten, 68-58. Dylan Murray then added a dunk, but the Jumbos answered with a free throw from sophomore Justin Kouyoumdjian to move the score to 69-60 in the Jumbos' favor. Liam Jacobs added a three for the Lasers and then a jumper from Stefan Masciarelli brought the Lasers within four, 69-65, with 15 minutes to play.
The Jumbos got a jumper from junior captain Eric Savage and then a layup from Rogers to increase their lead to eight, 73-65, about a minute later. But then Jacobs sunk back-to-back threes to bring the Lasers within two, 73-71, with 12:50 left in the game.
Freshman Carson Cohen moved the Jumbo lead back up to four with a layup and then sophomore Brennan Morris added a layup and two more points from freshman Eric DeBrine put the Jumbos ahead, 79-71, with about ten minutes left to play. The two teams traded baskets for a bit, but eventually the Jumbos grew their lead to ten and would hold on to that for the rest of the half to pick up the 101-90 win.
Lasell junior Stefan Masciarelli (Northbridge, Mass.) led all scorers with 31 points and nine assists, including his 1,000th career point. A free throw in the first half pushed him over the 1000-point mark for his collegiate career (including seven points at Assumption College before he transferred to Lasell), and a basket in the second half pushed him over the milestone mark in a Laser uniform. He ended the night with 1,016 points for his Lasell career and 1,023 in NCAA play, the 15th player in program history to reach the barrier.
Rogers led the Jumbos with 21 points and 13 rebounds, making 8-of-12 shots. Savage added 19 points, Kouyoumdjian finished with 18, sophomore Brennan Morris was good for 14 and freshman Carson Cohen chipped in with 12 points off the bench.
Joining Masciarelli at the top of the scoring column for Lasell was sophomore Liam Jacobs (Plainfield, Conn.), who scored 20 points after a career-best 6-for-6 effort from three-point range. Sophomore Dylan Murray (Williston, Fla.) added 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, and classmate Vic Collazo (Clearwater, Fla.) chipped in with 13 points.
The Lasers returns to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action this Saturday with the Senior Day contest against Albertus Magnus College at 4 pm at the Athletic Center. Tufts wraps up its regular season on Sunday traveling to Trinity University for a 2 pm tip-off.
Parts of this recap courtesy of Lasell College.