BOSTON, Mass. – With a combined 47.0% shooting from the field the visiting Jumbos of Tufts University (13-5) handed men's basketball (5-14) their final non-conference loss of the season by the final score of 84-60 Thursday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
Tufts finished off Thursday's contest 31-for-66 from the field, 7-for-9 (77.8%) from behind the arc, and 62.5% (15-for-24) at the line. Also helping to fuel the win was Scott Anderson, who scored a team-best 12 points, along with Alex Orchowski who finished with 11 points, and Kwame Firempong who finished with 10. The Jumbos bench also made a huge impact as nine players combined to score 41 of the team's 84 points respectively.
The Beacons also had a trio of double-figure scorers, with freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) scoring a game-high 14 points. Behind him was Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) with 13 and Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) with 11.
Not only did Joseph lead the way offensively, but the 6'5" forward had his best defensive performance yet as he tallied a career-best six blocks, which was just one block shy of tying the single-game record at UMass Boston. The last time a player recorded six blocks in a contest was in 2009 when Ernst Jean combined for seven stops against Suffolk University.
As a team, UMass Boston was 26-for-66 from the field and 5-for-15 from 3-point range. At the line they were just 3-for-5 on the night. On the glass, the Jumbos were dominant as they out-rebounded the Beacons 50-29.
The first 11 minutes of Thursday's contest was back and forth, with neither team able to build any early momentum. That changed however with a quick 9-0 run by the Jumbos which gave them at the time a 25-17 lead. Tufts would then use that spark to really take over in the final minutes of the half, as they jumped out to a commanding 24 point lead (48-24).
Following the intermission, the Jumbos continued to add some distance on the scoreboard. It was not until the final nine minutes of play that UMass Boston was able to start building some momentum of-their-own. Off the bench freshman Quadry Allen (White Castle, La.) scored two quick 3-pointers to help fuel the Beacons late push. Unfortunately, Tufts would answer right back with a basket of their own to keep their lead above 20 points for the remainder of the night.
Men's basketball returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Keene State College for a 3 p.m. Little East Conference game.