MEDFORD, Mass. – With a combined 48 points between Brenna Morris and Eric Savage the Jumbos of Tufts University handed men's basketball their third straight loss as they downed the Beacons by the final of 96-75 Tuesday evening at Cousens Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 75, Tufts University 96
UMass Boston (6-7)
Tufts University (7-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tufts jumped out to a solid lead in the opening minutes of the first half behind the solid shooting of Morris and Savage. They would ride the hot start throughout the opening 20 minutes and took a 12-point lead into the halftime break.
UMB, who was making their first appearance in Cousens Gymnasium since upsetting the Jumbos in 2016, when they were ranked fifth in the country. That season, senior forward Sam Freeman hit the game-winning jumper with less than a second to play to give UMB a 76-74 win over a Jumbos squad that was a serious contender to win the national championship.
In the second half, UMB tried to cut into the double-digit deficit, but they could not make a dent. The closest the Beacons would come is 10 points, which they reached twice in the opening minutes. From there it was all Tufts as they quickly pushed their lead to 20+.
Making his return to the Beacons line-up was Javaris Hill (Lynn, Mass.) who led four double-digit scorers. Hill dropped in 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. Hill also led the Beacons on the glass with eight rebounds. Charles Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) finished second on the team with 15 points, while Michael Boyd and Alex Sanchez (Salem, Mass.) combined for 20 points respectively.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night the Beacons shot 40% from the field, while the Jumbos finished shooting over 51%
- Tufts held a 47-33 advantage on the glass
- Hill's 17 points marked the most for the freshman since scoring 24 points in the win over Wentworth
- The Jumbos have now won back-to-back meetings against the Beacons are 35-10 all-time
The Beacons will host Plymouth State University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.