Savage Matches Career High With 27 Points But Men's Basketball Falls To No. 23 Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. –  Junior captain Eric Savage matched his career-high with 27 points, but the Tufts men's basketball team fell to No. 23 Amherst on the road on Friday night. 

Will Brady added seven points off the bench for the Jumbos

The setback moves the Jumbos 10-11 overall and 4-4 in NESCAC play.  Amherst is now 16-3 this season with a 4-2 mark in conference games.  

The Mammoths scored the first nine points of the game thanks to a dunk from Joe Schneider, a layup and a free throw from Fru Che, and then layups from Devonn Allen and Grant Robinson.  Savage got the Jumbos on the board with a layup about three and a half minutes into play.  With the Mammoths up by ten, Savage turned in a jumper and the free throw after to bring the Jumbos within seven, 12-5.  Savage stayed hot and added a three to bring Tufts within four, 12-8, with 15:37 left in the half.

But, the Mammoths scored eight unanswered to take their lead up to 12, 22-10, about half way through the first half.  After a layup from Jumbo junior Pat Racy, the Mammoths scored another six and were ahead, 26-10, with 8:51 left in the half.  They would lead by as many as 21, but took an 18-point lead, 44-26, into the half.  

The Mammoths came out of the half and added to their lead a bit.  Down by 27 about halfway through the half the Jumbos got something going offensively.  Savage started it with a layup and a free throw.  He then added another layup and the free throw after, and Racy turned in two free throws to cut the Mammoth lead to 19, 62-43, with 8:42 left in the game.  

That's as close as the Jumbos were able to get, and Amherst picked up the 85-55 win. 

Savage finished with a game-high 27 points and added five rebounds.  Sophomore Will Brady helped with seven points off the bench.  Racy also turned in points off the bench, adding six points and three rebounds with two assists.  Freshman Tyler Aronson added five points and four rebounds. 

The Mammoths got double-digit points from five different players.  Joseph Schneider was the leader with 15 points and five rebounds.  Garrett Day turned in 14 points and C.J. Bauchmann added 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Eric Sellew added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Robinson helped with 12 points.  

The Jumbos are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Hamilton for a 2 pm start.  Amherst plays again on Saturday when they host Bates with a 3 pm scheduled tip off.