MEDFORD – After allowing just 11 points in the first half, the Tufts University men's basketball team went on to defeat the Trinity College Bantams by a score of 61-38 in a NESCAC game on Friday night at Cousens Gymnasium.
Tufts had three players finish with double-digit points, led by junior Dylan Thoerner who scored 12 points with three rebounds and three assists. Senior Luke Rogers and graduate student Brennan Morris (pictured) each finished with 11 points with Rogers adding 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Tyler Aronson got the game started for the Jumbos over two minutes in with a three-pointer to take the early lead. Trinity's Ben Callahan-Gold answered with a three-pointer of his own to tie it up, but Tufts would respond with a 17-6 run over the next nine minutes to take an 11-point lead with just over five minutes left in the half. Trinity's Donald Jorden Jr. hit a layup just after the Jumbos' run and that would be their final point of the half, with 4:52 still remaining. Tufts scored 11 unanswered points to close out the half to bring the game to halftime with a score of 31-11 in favor of the Jumbos.
The second half was much tighter, with Tufts outscoring the Bantams 30-27. Rogers started off the second half with an "and-one" on a layup and Trinity would not answer until over a minute and a half later when Will Dorian scored on a layup to cut the deficit to 21. The teams would trade baskets for much of the remainder of the game, but the Jumbos separated themselves further in the middle of the period with an 18-11 run that included five different scorers and extended their lead to 28 with just under eight minutes to go. Trinity's Tyler Mola helped the Bantams finish the game on a 14-9 run, scoring nine of the 14 points, but Tufts earned the 61-38 victory.
Mola was the leading scorer for the Bantams, finishing with 12 points along with four rebounds. The Tufts win brings them to 9-9 overall on the season with a NESCAC record of 4-2, while Trinity drops to 10-8 overall with a 1-5 NESCAC record.
Next, the Jumbos will host another NESCAC matchup against Connecticut College on Saturday at 3pm at Cousens Gymnasium.
Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern