MEDFORD – Playing strong from the start, the Tufts University men's basketball team defeated the New England College Pilgrims by a score of 79-53 on Tuesday at home at Cousens Gymnasium.
Both Casey McLaren (pictured) and Dylan Thoerner led the Jumbos in scoring with 17 points. Thoerner added six rebounds while McLaren finished with a rebound and a steal. Four total Jumbos finished the game in double-digits for points as Luke Rogers scored 11 points with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block and Theo Henry scored 10 points with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Tufts got started right away with a layup from Henry on their first possession which kickstarted an 18-4 run that included five different Jumbos scoring. Will Brady sunk two three-pointers during the run for six points, matching Henry's six points throughout the run. The Tufts defense limited the Pilgrims' chances to drive to the basket and produce any offensive runs to close the score gap while offensively, the Jumbos kept scoring. Halfway through the first half, Tufts found themselves with a 22-9 lead when Thoerner and McLaren both scored five points, each including a three-pointer to lead Tufts to a 10-8 run, maintaining their large lead. The Jumbos finished off the first half on a 10-5 run to enter halftime with a 42-22 lead.
The second half was much tighter, but Tufts still managed to outscore the Pilgrims 37-31 in the half because of another hot start. In the first ten and a half minutes of the half, the Jumbos went on a 26-13 run to make the score 68-35. The run included seven different Tufts scorers including Rogers who scored seven points during the run with a contested dunk. Trumann Gettings, Khai Champion and Carson Cohen were all involved in the run scoring two points each. This is the point of the game where New England College started a run of their own, finishing the game on a 19-11 run with freshman Ethan Daleba scoring eight points with consecutive dunks as the game ended with the score at 79-53 in favor of Tufts.
New England College senior Jamal Allen finished as the top scorer for the Pilgrims with 14 points along with a rebound and a steal. Daleba finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals. The victory brings the Tufts record to 6-8 overall, with a 1-1 NESCAC record while New England College falls to 6-8 on the season with no conference games played thus far.
Tufts will now travel to Bates College on Saturday, January 22nd for a conference matchup at 3pm.
Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern