Brust nets 29 points for men’s hoops at Tufts
MEDFORD, Mass. — Tufts had four different double-digit scorers to offset Bates junior Mark Brust’s career-high 29 points and grab its sixth win in seven games, 67-62, over the Bobcats in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.
The victory puts the Jumbos (14-5, 5-2 NESCAC) alone in third place in the conference, while the Bobcats dropped to 4-3 in NESCAC play, 10-8 overall.
Brust (Duxbury, Mass.), who scored his previous high of 24 points a week ago at Wesleyan, made 11-of-22 shots from the field, including 2-of-5 behind the arc, and hit 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Brust has scored 20 or more points three times in the past five games.
The rest of the Bobcats combined to shoot 12-for-51 from the field (.235). Senior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) was the only other Bobcat with more than six points, posting his eighth double-double of the season wtih 12 points and 16 boards.
Tufts raced out to a nine-point lead, 11-2, in the first six minutes. Tom Folliard led the way with six points in that stretch. The Bobcats got to within five on a layup by Squires at the 3:29 mark, but then the Jumbos tallied 14 of the next 15 points to go back up by 12 points at halftime, 35-23.
Kwame Firempong scored eight points in the first half as the Jumbos shot 51.7 percent (15/29). Bates was at just 26.5 percent (9/34), while Squires finished the first 20 minutes with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Bates went on a 20-7 run to begin the second half to grab its first lead (43-42) since 2-0. Brust sparked the rally with 10 points for the Bobcats. But less than a minute later, at 11:28, Tufts took the lead back on a jumper by Folliard and never relinquished it.
The Jumbo lead grew back to eight at the 6:11 mark, 54-46, on another basket by Folliard, but Bates had another run left. The Bobcats inched to within three, 58-55, with 3:04 to play on a three-point play by Brust and a basket in the paint from Squires.
Tufts retook control, however, hitting three free throws to go up by six, 61-55. The Jumbos hit four more free throws down the stretch to ice the win, 67-62.
Scott Anderson ended as the leading scorer for Tufts with 13 points, along with eight boards. Folliard and freshmen C.J. Moss and Ben Ferris all finished with 11 points. Alex Orchowski grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds for the Jumbos to go along with three blocks.
Tufts finished the game shooting 46.3 percent (25/54) while holding Bates to 31.5 percent (23/73).
Bates next plays host to Amherst on Friday at 8 pm.