TUFTS OPENS HOME SLATE WITH 72-56
WIN OVER ENGINEERS
Tech Succumbs Under the Jumbos’ Depth
MEDFORD, Mass. -- Senior co-captain Deyvehn East scored a
game-high 17 points to lead the Tufts men’s basketball
team to a 72-56 victory over local rival MIT in the Jumbos
home-opener at Cousens Gym on Tuesday night. The victory was
the sixth straight for Tufts over MIT. Both squads moved to
2-3 overall after the game, as Tufts overwhelmed the Engineers
with a wealth of depth. While all of Tech’s starters
logged over 30 minutes, the Jumbos benefited from playing
eight players each over twenty minutes.
With the score tied 29-29 at the half, Tufts took charge
in the first 10 minutes of the second half, never trailing
after sophomore Dan Martin scored the first points of the
frame on a lay-up that gave the Jumbos a 31-29 edge. A 15-3
run put Tufts ahead 48-34 with 9:36 left in regulation. East
had nine points during this decisive stretch on two three-pointers
and a three-point play.
The margin grew eventually swelled to 19 at 55-36 on a lay-up
by freshman David Shepherd with 7:33 remaining. MIT chipped
away at the lead coming as close as 63-53 after freshman Ryan
Richardson nailed a three-pointer with 2:10 on the clock.
Tufts entered the game shooting just 50 percent from the
free throw line. With only a 10-point deficit, MIT was intent
upon making the Jumbos earn the win at the line. They did,
hitting their final eight free throws and finishing the game
13 for 16 (81.3 percent). Freebies by junior Jesse Belodoff
at 1:46 and by sophomore Blaine Lay at 1:28 - with an MIT
turnover in between - effectively sealed the victory for Tufts.
Lay posted a double-double for the Jumbos with his 10 points
and 11 rebounds along with four assists. Shepherd was the
third Tufts player to score in double digits with 12 points
on six of nine shooting. Tufts hit 50 percent of its shots
(27/54) as a team and earned a big 37-26 edge in rebounds.
MIT had four players reach double figures, led by Kyle Doherty
who posted 14 points and 10 rebounds. Richardson added a career-high
11 points and seven assists combined with only two turnovers
in 38 minutes. Mike D’Auria and Andrew Tsai rounded
out Tech’ scoring leaders with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
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