MEDFORD, Mass. – Led by Stephen Haladyna's game-high 23 points and a 16-0 run in the first half Tufts University downed men's basketball by the final of 67-48 Thursday evening at Cousens Gym in a non-conference contest.
Haladyna's came off the Jumbos bench to shoot 8-for-11 from the field, 4-for-5 from behind the arc, and 3-for-4 at the line. He also got some help from Matt Lanchantin, who finished with 12 points helped to lead the Jumbos to their 11th win of the season (11-7).
For the Beacons (9-9) sophomore Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) led his squad with 14 points, while Brian Clarke (Miramar, Fla.) closed out the night with the game's only double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
Looking to bounce back from Tuesday's upset to UMass Dartmouth, the Beacons took the quick trip up route 93 to play their final road non-conference game of the year. The start of the contest got off to a slow start for both squads, but the score remained tied.
However with the Beacons and Jumbos knotted at seven, the home team's offense came alive and posted a 16-0 run and eventually went into the locker room with a 31-14 lead.
After the break, the Beacons quickly cut into the deficit and actually got it down to nine, thanks to solid shooting from DeLucia, Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and Clarke. DeLucia led UMB in the second half with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, which included a pair of 3-pointers.
Unfortunately the Beacons early run would not last, as the Jumbos retook control of the momentum and pushed their lead back to 20. Both squads shot well in the second half, but the advantage belonged to UMB as they shot 41.9%. Tufts finished the half shooting 40.6%, but it was their ability to hit the 3-pointer that proved to be the biggest factor as they finished shooting 41.7%.
Fifteen of Haladyna's game-high 23 points came in the second half on 5-of-6 shooting, 3-for-3 from behind the arc. On the glass, Tufts recorded 43 boards, while the Beacons pulled down 35.
Men's Basketball returns to action on Saturday when they host Keene State College at 3 p.m. Saturday's contest is also the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Sneakers and Suits game with all proceeds from the game going to the American Cancer Society.