Wesleyan Earns Narrow 65-64 NESCAC Men's Basketball Win Over Jumbos

MEDFORD - A resurgent Tufts University men's basketball team went to the wire with #20 Wesleyan, the only undefeated team in NESCAC play early in the conference season, but the Cardinals would earn a 65-64 win Tuesday night at Cousens Gym.

The game was tied at 63-63 following a pair of free throws by Jumbo junior Tyler Aronson with 1:03 on the clock. Wesleyan's Gabe Ravetz made a strongly contested lay-up with 50 seconds left to put the guests up 65-63. Jumbo Luke Rogers added a free throw to pull Tufts within 65-64 with 37 seconds to go.

Wesleyan ran the clock down to nine seconds, but Ravetz missed a three. Cardinal Preston Maccoux was first to the rebound, but Jumbo Brennan Morris tied it up and possession was in favor of the Jumbos. However, with 6.3 seconds remaining for a potential winning shot the Jumbos turned the ball over.

The Cardinals, led by 22 points from Sam Peek, improved to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in the league. The Jumbos dropped to 7-9 and 2-2 in the conference. Thoerner's 13 points led the hosts.

The teams were tied 27-27 at the half. Wesleyan got out to a 17-8 lead led by seven points from Peek. They had a 13-0 run during that time with Antone Walker scoring six off the bench. However, Tufts closed the half with a 19-10 advantage, which included five points from Thoerner and Rogers.

It was a one-posession game early in the second half until Tufts got up by eight (50-42) after a three-pointer by Thoerner with just under 11 minutes on clock. Wesleyan would score 10 unanswered points though to take a 52-50 lead on a Nicky Johnson jumper with 7:28 remaining. A three-pointer and a lay-up by Johnson then helped Wesleyan take a 63-59 advantage at 2:28. A basket by Carson Cohen and the Aronson free throws tied it for the Jumbos, but Ravetz's late shot would ultimately win it for Wesleyan.

The Jumbos got 11 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench from freshman Trumann Gettings (pictured). Rogers had eight points with 10 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists in the game.

Peek scored 15 points in the second half to lead Wesleyan. Johnson added 11 points overall, while Maccoux finished with nine rebounds and three assists to go with five points.

Tufts hits the road for NESCAC games at Bowdoin and Colby on Friday and Saturday.