WATERVILLE, Maine - Senior tri-captain Luke Rogers had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the second half as the Tufts University men's basketball team won 61-53 at Colby College in a NESCAC game on Tuesday night.
Tufts (11-9) won its fourth in a row, improved to 9-2 since late December and is now 6-2 in NESCAC. Colby (11-11, 3-6 NESCAC) lost its third in a row after a four-game winning streak.
The game was tied 35-35 after Colby's Jonah Obi scored on a jumper with 11:41 to go in the second half. Tufts' Khai Champion answered with a three-pointer and then added a jumper for a 40-35 Jumbo lead at 10:30. Tufts would not trail again.
The host Mules were within 40-37, but the Jumbos went on a 9-2 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to lead 49-39. Carson Cohen (pictured) started the run with a three-pointer, Dylan Thoerner added a three and Rogers had three free throws.
Tufts' lead grew to 12 points three times, including 55-43 on two more Rogers free throws with just under three minutes remaining. Colby would close the gap to 60-53 on a late three-pointer by Lucas Green, but the Jumbos had no trouble finishing off the in-conference road victory.
Tufts led at the half 26-22 after a tightly-contested first 20 minutes. Thoerner had 10 points for Tufts at intermission and Green scored eight for the Mules.
Rogers and Thoerner both scored 14 points in the game, with Rogers grabbing 15 rebound and Thoerner making three steals. Cohen (three assists) and Trumann Gettings both had seven points off the bench for Tufts. The Jumbos out-rebounded the Mules 41-30.
Green finished with a game-high 19 points for Colby, while Jack Lawson added 12 with five rebounds and three assists.
Tufts closes the regular-season with home games against Williams and Middlebury on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.