ATufts tops Western New England College in non-league shoot-out

MEDFORD, Mass. - Tufts rallied from an eight-point half-time deficit to come away with a 97-89 victory over visiting Western New England College in an old-fashioned men's basketball shoot-out Tuesday night (Jan. 29) at Cousens Gymnasium.

Junior guard Jon Pierce (Belmont, MA) led the Jumbos with a game-high 28 points and team best nine rebounds. Senior point guard Jeremy Black (Jamesville, NY) tossed in 18 points while senior forward Jake Weitzan (New York, NY) connected for 13 points.

The Golden Bears (9-8) came out firing hitting 18 of their 32 field goal attempts (56.3%) including four three-pointers, in taking a 50-42 lead at intermisison.

The Jumbos, who broke a three-game losing streak, shot 62.5% from the field in the second half to overcome a 13-point deficit with 14 minutes left in the contest.

Senior guard Ryan Hernandez (Hampton Bays, NY) led four WNEC players in double figures with 21 points (including four three-pointers) coming off the bench. Junior forward Kyle Fredette (Walingford, VT) notched his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Senior forward Jim Bayne (Bristol, CT) chipped in with 15 points while sophomore guard Chris DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) added 14 points and six assists.

Western New England College finished shooting 50.9% from the field and an impressive 83.3% from the foul line (25-for-30) in its best offensive showing of the season.

Tufts (10-7) ended the contest with a 53.1% mark from the floor and made 16-of-20 charity attempts (80.0%). Black was 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 35 seconds to seal the victory.