Tufts upsets No. 7 Williams
Ferris, Anderson help Jumbos hold on to big lead
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Freshman Ben Ferris scored 23 points and junior Scott Anderson added 19 and 10 rebounds to lead Tufts to an 80-71 victory at No. 7 Williams in the NESCAC season-opener on Friday.
The Jumbos led by one at the half, built their lead to 18 points in the second half and then held off a late Williams comeback attempt to earn the win. Tufts is now 8-3 overall after ending the Ephs 10-game winning streak. The loss also snapped the Ephs' 18-game conference win streak. Michael Mayer led Williams with 20 points and eight rebounds.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Middlebury 79, Bates 59|
|No. 6 Amherst 66, Wesleyan 64|
|Tufts 80, No. 7 Williams 71|
|No. 22 Birmingham-Southern 89, Millsaps 62|
Tufts got out to a 9-2 lead in the first four minutes and would hold a slim advantage for the first 17 minutes of play. The Ephs overtook the Jumbos briefly when Mayer's lay-up put them in front 27-25 with 3:06 to go until halftime. However, Williams would only lead for 16 seconds in the entire game.
Tufts took a 32-31 lead into the locker room. Anderson led the Jumbos with nine points at the break, while Mayer had 16 for Williams.
Four points by Anderson extended the Jumbo margin to seven (38-31) early in the second half. Ferris nailed four 3-pointers in the second half, helping the Jumbos take a 65-47 lead with 8:29 remaining. He scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. His fourth 3-pointer capped an 18-6 run by the Jumbos.
Williams slowly chipped away at the lead and got within eight, 68-60, when a pair of free throws by Hayden Rooke-Ley ended a 13-3 spurt by the hosts. Ferris' jumper at 3:18 stopped the run, and then sophomore guard Kwame Firempong added two free throws to put Tufts up 72-60 with 2:56 left.
The Ephs would pull within 10 a few times in the final minutes, but the Jumbos were solid at the free-throw line to keep the hosts at a distance. The Jumbos finished the second half with a 63.6 shooting percentage.
Ferris finished 8-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from beyon the arc. Freshman guard C.J. Moss added 10 points as Tufts finished the night at 53.1 percent from the floor. They earned a 40-26 advantage on the glass.
Rooke-Ley scored 13 points for the Ephs, while preseason All-American James Wang was held to 2-for-10 shooting and 11 points. Williams finished 2-for-18 in 3-point attempts.