WATERVILLE, Maine — The eighth-ranked Tufts University men’s basketball team had all five starters in double figures and opened up a big lead in the second half on the way to an 84-70 victory over Colby College in NESCAC play Saturday.
The Jumbos, who beat Bowdoin College on Friday, improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Colby dropped to 6-6 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Everett Dayton was 5-for-8 from the field for a game-high 15 points and dished five assists for the Jumbos. Tarik Smith had a game-high seven assists and scored 11 points, Ben Engvall was 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points, Vincent Pace also had 11 points and blocked two shots, and Tom Palleschi had 10 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
Sean Gilmore finished with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting for the Mules. Ethan Schlager hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range on the way to 11 points, Maximilian Steiner pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, and Ronan Schwarz added six assists and six points. Patrick Stewart scored eight points, had six rebounds, and four assists. Dean Weiner was 4-for-4 from the field for nine points.
The Jumbos shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31) from the field in the first half and held the Mules to 28.2 percent (11-for-39) shooting to take a 47-26 margin at halftime. Smith had all 11 of his points in the opening half.
The Jumbos took a 74-45 lead with 9:07 to play on Ethan Feldman’s jumper. With both benches seeing playing time, the Mules cut the margin to 13 points (79-66) on a 3-point shot by Sam Jefferson with 2:06 to play.