PASADENA, Calif. – Five different players scored double-digit points to help the Tufts men's basketball team pick up a 99-83 win over Caltech on the road Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Tyler Aronson led the Jumbos with 20 points.
|Carson Cohen was one of five Jumbos to log double-digit points|
The win wrapped up the Jumbos trip out west with a 2-0 record as they also beat La Verne while out in California. The win helps the Jumbos improve to 9-2 this year. Caltech is now 2-7 after the setback.
The Jumbos jumped out to an early lead thanks to Aronson who scored ten of their first 12 points in the first four minutes of play to give the Jumbos a six-point lead, 12-6. Down by six with 12:16 left in the first half Marcus Gee made a three for the Beavers. After the Jumbos got one free throw from freshman Dylan Thoerner, the Beavers cut the Jumbo lead to two with a layup from Alec Andrews with just over ten minutes left in the half.
Junior Brennan Morris sunk a three and then added a layup on the Jumbos' next possession, and then sophomore Carson Cohen pushed the Tufts lead to nine with a layup with 8:39 left in the half. Stephen Hei made a three for the Beavers to cut the lead back to six. But Morris was fouled on a three attempt and made all three free throws and then made another three on the Jumbos' next possession to help the Jumbos take a 33-21 lead with 7:39 left in the half.
The Beavers worked to cut the lead to seven with five minutes left in the half, but a jumper from Thoerner, followed by a layup from junior Luke Rogers and a jumper from Aronson increased the Tufts lead to 13 again. Thoerner made another layup, and then a layup from senior Eric Savage put the Jumbos ahead by 17 with 1:16 left in the first half. The Jumbos went into the break with a 47-30 lead.
A three from Cohen opened up scoring in the second half and increased the Tufts lead to 20. Down by 20 with 17:22 left in the game, the Beavers started to chip away at the deficit. Pavlos Stavrinides started it with a layup and the made free throw after and then Spencer Schneider tipped in a missed layup from Alec Andrew to cut the lead to 15. Morris made a three for the Jumbos, but Schneider answered with a layup and then Marcus Gee made a three for the Beavers to bring them within 13 with 15:16 left in the game. About a minute and a half later Stavrinides made a layup that cut the Tufts lead to 11, 56-45.
The Jumbos held on to that lead for a while. A three from Cohen put them up by 12, 68-56, with 9:42 remaining. The Beavers responded with a layup and a three from Gee to come within seven with just under nine minutes to go. But that would be as close as they would get as the Jumbos were able to increase their lead to as many as 19 on their way to a 99-82 win.
Aronson led the Jumbos with 20 points while also adding four rebounds and four assists. Rogers finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Morris tallied 17 points and a couple of assists. Cohen added 16 points three rebounds and five assists. Savage turned in 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Gee was the leader for the Beavers with 27 points and three rebounds. Hei finished with 20 points and two rebounds. Schneider helped with 16 points and eight boards. Alex Andrews collected four points, five rebounds and ten assists.
The Jumbos are back in action on Saturday when they travel to take on Nichols at 1 pm. The Beavers play again on Saturday as well with a 2 pm contest with La Verne.