REGIS COLLEGE TAKES LEAD, NEVER LOOKS BACK IN VICTORY
WESTON, Mass.—Regis College men's basketball set its third highest point total Tuesday night when it defeated Tufts University 81-63. Regis' Derrick Neal (Boston, Mass./Brighton) led all-scorers with 19 points. Amauris Quezada (New York, N.Y./Hill School) marked just 13 points for the Jumbos.
The loss dropped Tufts to 1-1 overall, and advanced Regis College to 3-1.
Four Regis College players would score in double figures. Neal led the way, with Jimmy Irmiter (Chicago, Ill./New Hampton) scoring 15 points; Darrin Kelley (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) had 14, while freshman Robert Edwards (Idaho Falls, Idaho/Phillips Exeter Academy) finished with 10 points.
Tufts' Scott Anderson (Sudbury, Mass./Middlesex School) added 12 points. The Jumbos Alex Orchowski had a game-high nine rebounds.
As a team Regis College shot better than 63 percent from the field, and held Tufts to shooting just under 40 percent from the floor for the game.
Considering the solid offensive production, the Pride jumped to an early lead and never looked back.
"We attacked the basket," said Regis College head coach Nathan Hager. "Our offense shot well, we played with energy, and we executed."
No Regis College player shot worse than 53 percent from the floor. Tufts continued to battle offensively, keeping within 13 points for eight minutes of the first half. A jumper by Kelley with 6:19 remaining lifted Regis to a 17-point advantage.
"Darrin set the pace for the team tonight," said Hager. Kelley was 6-for-9 (.667) from the field, and three assists shy of his first double-double this season.
Kelley's jumper would open a floodgate, and leave Tufts trying to fight back. A second jumper pushed Regis just that further ahead. A foul by Alibrandi gave Anderson two easy free throws. He finished 3-for-4 on the night at the line. As the first half wound down, Anderson sank another jumper to cut into the 42-25 Regis College lead.
Returning from intermission, both teams seemed primed to take the game. Regis would continue its consistent offensive attack, leading by 29 points with 14:55 remaining in the game.
On the other side of the ball, Tufts offensive production was created by its ability to produce second-chance points. The Jumbos scored 11 second-chance points. Anderson was a major contributor to that statistic, scoring more than four points off of rebounds.
Tufts' Andrew Dowton (Canton, Mass./Milton Academy) would later help the Jumbos, scoring nine points to cut the Regis College lead to 14 with 1:48 remaining.
Many of Tufts' points came by out-rebounding Regis College 33-26, collecting 17 offensive rebounds.
"Tufts is big and strong, and they rebound very well," Hager said of his team's opponent.
The Jumbos would miss its last three shots of the game as the clock ticked to zero.
Tufts University will host Lesley University Nov. 30. Regis College will host Trinity (Conn.) on Dec. 2.