Men's Basketball Takes Care of Connecticut College 67-50

MEDFORD - In the second leg of a NESCAC weekend, Tufts beat Connecticut College 67-50 on Saturday in Cousens Gymnasium. With this win, the Jumbos claim their first winning record of the season at 10-9 and move to 5-2 in the NESCAC while the Camels slip to 8-9, 2-5 in conference.

Both teams had played NESCAC opponents the previous night. Tufts thoroughly defeated Trinity College 61-38 and Connecticut College dropped a road game to Bates 74-68. Despite these different results, the Camels challenged Tufts with a defensive intensity that earned them the lead early on.

Leading the NESCAC in steals per game at 9.4, Connecticut College's swarming 2-3 zone forced eight first-half turnovers and held the Jumbos scoreless until senior forward Luke Rogers' put Tufts on the board with 16:47 left in the first half.

The teams traded baskets early on, with neither side being able to build a lead. The Camels led 15-13 when Tufts graduate student Brennan Morris made a three-pointer, then sank three free throws on the following possession to put the Jumbos up 19-15. Tufts' aggressiveness earned them a total of 18 free throw attempts in the first half, and they converted on 13.

The Camels responded a few possessions later with an impressive sequence from guard Cam Schainfield. The Camels' freshman made a contested layup, stole the ball, then finished another difficult layup where he was fouled and converted the free throw to even the game at 23 apiece.

Coming out of the break trailing 31-29, the Jumbos were more efficient in the second half. The Brown and Blue rained down six threes, shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc, higher than their season mark of 30 percent. Senior Will Brady made two triples, with sophomores Jay Dieterle and Casey McLaren (pictured) adding one each in what would amount to a 26-7 Jumbos run. Junior Dylan Thoerner tacked on a three-pointer with 3:15 remaining that would stretch the lead to 19 at 62-43, effectively clinching the game for the Jumbos.

Thoerner finished with 10 points, as did Morris and McLaren. Rogers led all scorers with 18 points and collected 11 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double out of 10 games played.

Camels' big man Andrew Hartel led his team offensively posting 12 points while sharp-shooting freshman Kevin Baxter went a perfect 3-3 on the day, all from three, to bring his total to nine points.

Both teams will be back in action on February 8th. Connecticut College will be away at Brandeis University, and Tufts will travel to face NESCAC opponent Colby College.

Written by Steven Landry, Athletic Communications Student Assistant