JUMBOS ROLL OVER A WILLIAMS ON THE ROAD, 95-78
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Tufts 95 Williams 78
At Williamstown, MA
Friday, January 21, 2005
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Senior forward Reggie Stovell (Washington, DC) powered the Jumbo attack with a game-high 29 points as the Tufts University men's basketball team posted its biggest win of the season thus far with a 95-78 final over #24 Williams.
Tufts, which won just eight games a year ago, improved to 9-6 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC. The Jumbos are in a three-way tie with Amherst and Bates at the top of the conference standings. Williams (13-5, 1-2 NESCAC), the NCAA champions in 2003, have dropped four of their last six contests. Having suffered three home losses, the Ephs are at risk of becoming the first men's team in school history to lose four games at Chandler over the course of a season.
The Jumbos jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and never looked back. With Stovell dominating inside, Tufts had no problems executing offensively. They sunk 21 of 35 field goal attempts in the first half (60 percent) en route to posting 51 points.
Stovell was able to draw two early fouls on Williams senior tri-captain Tucker Kain, forcing Williams Head Coach Dave Paulsen to keep his leading scorer on the bench for most of the first half. Without Kain, the Ephs struggled on the offensive end. Turnovers prevented an effective fast break attack and the Ephs were unable to knock down much out of their set offense. They shot just 34.2 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed by as many as 21.
The Jumbos were able to take a comfortable 51-32 at the half.
The Ephs threatened to make a game of it after the break. Looking more inspired on the defensive end, Williams, led by the aggressive play of senior tri-captain Michael Graham, opened the half with an 18-8 run. A three-point play by junior Andrew Newton cut the lead to nine with 15:17 remaining, but the Ephs would get no closer. The Jumbos responded with a 13-4 run of their own, taking back momentum and control of the game for good.
The Jumbos shot 50 percent from the floor for the game in scoring 95 points, the most the Ephs have surrendered all year. Stovell was helped on the offensive end by sophomore guard David Shepherd (Grantham, NH) with 19 points and six rebounds) and by sophmore Brian Kumf's (Milford, MA) 18 points and five rebounds.
The victory was the first for the Jumbos against Williams since an 84-80 final on February 11, 1995. It was the first Tufts victory at Chandler Gymnasium in Williamstown since February 12, 1994 (86-64).
Graham led the Ephs with 20 points, while Newton added 17 points and 7 boards and senior tri-captain Jaris Cole chipped in with 13 points and 7 boards.