FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Sophomore Will Brady turned in a career-high 19 points and the Tufts men's basketball team held off a second half comeback by host Framingham State to pick up a 90-89 win on Wednesday night.
|Will Brady turned in a critical 19 points, also a career-high for him|
With the win the Jumbos head into the holiday break with a 4-5 mark. Framingham State falls to 1-8 with the loss.
The two teams traded baskets early, and with the Jumbos ahead 12-11 the Rams got a three from Emmanuel Payton, and then a layup from Jared Gordon-Anderson gave them a four-point lead about seven minutes into the game.
With the Rams ahead, 21-17, the Jumbos went on a 14-2 run to take a 31-23 lead with just under seven minutes left in the half. Six of those points came from freshman Tyler Aronson and another four from classmate Carson Cohen. After a layup from Payton, the Jumbos responded with a three from Cohen and then another jumper from Aronson put them ahead 36-25 with just over six minutes remaining in the half. The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half and the Jumbos took a 52-43 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the break the Rams quickly cut that Jumbo lead down to two, 57-55, about four minutes into the half. Ahead by five, 65-60, the Jumbos got a three from Brady and then a layup from Cohen put them ahead by ten, 70-60, with 13:34 left in the game.
That's when the Rams started their comeback. They got a layup from James Purcell, followed by a three from Gordon-Anderson and then another layup from Purcell brought them within three, 70-67. A layup from Gordon-Anderson brought them within one and then a three from Payton gave them their first lead of the second half, 72-70, with just under eleven minutes left to play.
The Jumbos tied things at 72 with a layup from sophomore Luke Rogers, but then back-to-back layups from Tyri Hampton put them Rams ahead four with 8:24 remaining in the game. The Rams held onto that lead until a jumper from sophomore Brennan Morris tied things at 83 with four minutes left in the game. The two teams traded baskets, and Brady put the Jumbos ahead 88-87 with a three with 1:30 remaining in the game.
The Rams missed a jumper down on their end and the Jumbos got a layup from Rogers to make it 90-87 with 53 seconds left to play. Moving down the court quickly Payton turned in a layup for the Rams to bring them within one, 90-89, with 44 seconds left on the clock. On the Jumbos end Morris missed a jumper and the Rams got the rebound, but a key steal from sophomore Justin Kouyoumdjian gave the Rams no final chance at scoring, and the Jumbos held on for the 90-89 win.
Brady led the Jumbos with 19 points and four rebounds. Aronson and Cohen each added 17 points to the night. Rogers finished with 14 points and six rebounds and Morris turned in ten points and eight boards, along with five assists. Kouyoumdjian added four points, and a key four assist and three steals.
Payton led all scorers on the night with 32 points and six rebounds, and he also turned in six assists. Gordon-Anderson added 13 points and Cameren McCloud-Thomas finished with 11 points and five boards. Khaneil Bruce led the rebounding efforts, finishing with nine.
The Jumbos have a break for the holidays and will be back in action on Friday, December 28 when they travel to Staten Island to take on Gwynedd Mercy in the 18th Annual Tournament of Heroes. Framingham State plays again on Friday when they host Gordon for a 7 pm start.