Aronson Sparks Men's Basketball to 1st NESCAC Win, 87-79 at Bowdoin

Game recap courtesy of Bowdoin College

Luke Rogers double-doubled for Tufts with 18 and 16

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Freshman Tyler Aronson scored 21 points to lead the Tufts University men's basketball team to an 87-79 win at Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos improve to 6-8 (1-1 NESCAC) with their first league win of the season while the Polar Bears fall to 8-4 (1-1 NESCAC) with the setback.

Hot shooting led the visitors to a nine-point halftime advantage as the Jumbos hit on 52% (21/40) of their shots from the field in the opening period. Five straight points from Will Brady sparked a 7-0 surge for Tufts that had given them a 17-9 lead just six minutes into the contest. Bowdoin closed the gap, but could never regain the lead at any point in the contest and a put-back by Eric Debrine at the buzzer gave Tufts a 49-40 edge at the break.

Tufts opened up a 15-point lead thanks to a 8-2 run out of intermission, capped by a three-pointer from Aronson to make it a 57-42 game with 17 minutes to go. Bowdoin slowly chipped away, getting a pair of Sam Grad three-pointers, and finally closed to within nine points, 71-62, following a David Reynolds three-pointer with 8:19 to go. The teams traded buckets for most of the second stanza until a 10-3 run by Bowdoin trimmed the lead to 83-79 after a Reynolds three-pointer with 2:06 remaining.

However, Aronson answered with a pull-up jumper with 1:38 on the clock, pushing the Tufts lead back to six points, and then the Jumbos held Bowdoin scoreless over the final 90 seconds.

Tufts finished at 50% shooting for the game (36/72) and had four players in double-digits. Luke Rogers added 18 points and 16 rebounds while Justin Kouyoumdjian (15) and Will Brady (14) also reached double-figures in scoring.

Bowdoin was paced by a game-high 23 points from Reynolds, who netted a trio of three-pointers. Jack Simonds had 20 points and eight boards for the Polar Bears while Sam Grad had 14 points and five rebounds off the bench for Bowdoin.

Tufts owned a 39-34 edge in rebounds and forced 19 Polar Bear turnovers, converting them into 18 points in the win.

The Jumbos will return home to face UMass-Boston Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Bowdoin returns to action Tuesday night at Maine Maritime (6:00 p.m.).