Keene State 88    Tufts 85

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002
At Medford

Keene State (17-1) 39 49 = 88
Tufts (10-8) 40 45 = 85

Game Statistics

MEDFORD – A three-pointer by senior captain Dave Stantial (Beverly, MA) with one minute remaining gave visiting Keene State the lead for good as the Owls managed to squeeze past Tufts University, 88-85, in men's college basketball action on Tuesday night.

After the 11th tie of the game at 81-81, a free throw by Tufts senior Jim Wilson (Rockland, ME) gave the Jumbos an 82-81 edge with two minutes left. Stantial canned his three-pointer for an 84-82 Keene lead, then sophomore guard Chris Timson (Beverly, MA) scored with 25 seconds left to give the Owls an 86-82 lead.

Tufts responded with an off-balance three-pointer by junior Mike McGlynn (Medford, MA) with 16 seconds on the clock to pull within 86-85. Timson was fouled and missed two free throws with 12 seconds remaining, giving Tufts a final shot. With the clock ticking down and trailing by one, the Jumbos turned the ball over on the baseline. Keene added two free throws by sophomore Bennett Pawlusiak (Bedford, NH) in the final seconds.

The Owls, ranked first in New England, won their 14th straight game and improved to 17-1 overall. Tufts, playing without starting forward Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA), lost its third straight and fell to 10-8 overall.

The Jumbos had a 40-39 halftime lead, then led by as many as 12 points in the second half, 58-46, when a layup by freshman center Craig Coupe (Niskayuna, NY) capped a 9-0 burst at 14:35. Keene then scored the next 13 points to take a 59-58 lead on sophomore Matt Wheeler's (Shrub Oak, NY) only basket of the game at 10:38. Tufts was able to push the lead back up to six, 70-64, on a layup by senior Colin Wetherill (Wilmington, DE) at 7:23, but Stantial scored nine points during an 11-3 run that gave the Owls a 75-73 lead at 6:04. The margin was never more than four points for either team the rest of the way.

Stantial was game-high scorer with 28 points, including seven of 13 marksmanship from three-point territory. Junior Derek Swenson (Attleboro, MA) added 19 points, while Timson had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Tufts got 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists from Wilson, and 19 points with five assists by McGlynn. The loss stopped a two-game winning streak by the Jumbos over Keene.