MEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team met a NESCAC buzz saw Tuesday night, as Tufts University chopped down the Corsairs in an 111-76 victory during non-conference action at Cousens Gymnasium.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 111, Tufts 76
Records: UMass Dartmouth 11-9, 4-5 LEC | Tufts 15-6, 4-3 NESCAC
How it Happened
For UMass Dartmouth, forward Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) led all-scorers with 22 points on 9-of-17 from the floor, marking his 19th game of the year in double-figures. Freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) continued his string of quality-performances, dropping his fifth straight contest with 10-plus points as he finished with 19, knocking down 8-for-8 from the free throw line and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) and Patrick Gavin (Beverly, Mass.) chipped in with a combined 25 points.
On the other end, six Jumbos finished in double-figures with Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) topping the list of scorers for the team with 18 points. Thomas Lapham (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) was not far behind, posting 16 points to go with a game-high eight assists. Vincent Pace (Bridgewater, N.J.) picked up the game's lone double-double with 14 points and 10 boards while KJ Garrett (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Brennan Morris (East Hampstead, N.H.), and Everett Dayton (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) all went over 10 points in the win.
Tufts controlled the lead from wire-to-tire, and took control midway through the first half of play when an 18-6 run, highlighted by four makes from beyond the arc, pushed the lead up to 41-20.
In the second-half, the story remained as the Jumbos came out of the lockeroom with a pair of triples to reset its hold of the action. The host used a balanced offensive attack to get players involved throughout the remainder of time, outscoring the Corsairs 60-39 in the final frame to storm toward the 111-76 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- Tufts University shot 42-for-76 in the game and 14-for-27 from beyond the arc to UMass Dartmouth's 28-for-67 and 2-for-7 in the same categories.
- The Jumbos controlled a 45-39 advantage on the glass and a 44-28 lead in terms of points scored in the paint.
- Tufts was lifted by its bench as it poured in 49 points. The Corsairs received 12 points from their reserve players.
The Corsairs continue the streak of road games on February 3 when they travel to Southern Maine for a 3:00 pm in-conference matchup.