Jumbos Men's Basketball Collects 77-61 Win Over MIT

Tommy Folliard led the Jumbos with 15 points and 8 rebounds

MEDFORD - Senior Tommy Folliard (Richmond, VA) posted a team-high 15 points and added eight rebounds and three assists as the Tufts University men's basketball team picked up a 77-61 non-conference win against MIT Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

The win for the Jumbos improves their record to 5-1, while MIT drops to 3-2.

Three more Jumbos scored in double figures with senior Kwame Firempong (Los Angeles, CA) and Oliver Cohen (Lower Merion, PA) both contributing 13 points. Firempong added four rebounds, two assists and two steals while Cohen dished out six assists. Freshman Tarik Smith (Bronx, NY) scored 10 points off the bench and Hunter Sabety (Oceanside, NY) collected eight points to go along with eight rebounds.

The visitors were led by junior Andrew Acker who tallied a game-high 23 points on 9 for 16 shooting and 10 rebounds while two teammates scored in double figues. Justin Pedley scored 14 points and Ryan Frankel added 10 points off the bench for the Engineers.

The Jumbos were down 7-2 early in the fist half, but would go on a 7-0 run capped by a Firempong lay-in with 15:04 to play. It was then back and forth play until Tufts went on a run of their own to earn an eight-point lead on a trey by Smith to make the score 23-15 with 8:38 left in the half. The Jumbos would hold a 34-30 lead heading into the locker room.

In the second half, Tufts held on to its lead and got a boost of energy when Sabety slammed home a one-handed dunk off a pass from Cohen for a 44-40 lead.

The Engineers would not go away as they managed to come within one point when Frankel drove to the net for a lay-up with 4:40 remaining in the game and the score at 61-60.

However, the Jumbos went on a 16-1 run in the final four minutes of the game sparked by Folliard's back-to-back three-pointers.

Tufts held the edge in shooting percentage (52% to 41%) and a slight advantage in rebounds (33-30).

The Jumbos return to action on Tuesday, December 3 when they travel to WPI for a 7 pm game. MIT hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 1 pm.