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Eighth-Ranked Jeffs Upset at Tufts, 83-66

FROM A TUFTS UNIVERSITY RELEASE

January 31, 2003

MEDFORD, MA - Sophomore forward Reggie Stovell (Washington, DC) led four Jumbos in double-figures with 20 points as Tufts upset eighth-ranked Amherst, 83-66, in NESCAC men’s basketball action on Friday night.

Host Tufts hit 54.7 percent (29-for-53) of its shots and never trailed in the game. Amherst made just 23 of 73 shots to finish with a 31.5 percentage. The loss was the first in league play for the Lord Jeffs, who dropped to 15-3 overall and 4-1 in NESCAC. Tufts ended a two-game losing skid and moved over .500 overall, improving to 9-8 and 3-1 in the league.

Stovell scored the game’s first basket at 18:26 of the first half to give the Jumbos a lead they would never relinquish. Neither team was very effective early, with Tufts leading 13-8 at the mid-point of the first half following a Stovell layup at 11:13. The Jumbos led by as many as eight points in the first half, and had a 31-25 margin at the break with Stovell scoring 11 points in the first 20 minutes. Sophomore forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) and junior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) had six points at the half for the Jeffs, who shot just 10-for-35 (28.6 percent).

Tufts then scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second half to lead by 17, 44-27, on a three-pointer by senior Mike McGlynn (Medford, MA) at 16:37. Junior forward Deyvehn East (Greenfield, MA) and sophomore forward Craig Coupe (Niskayuna, NY), who each finished with 14 points, had four points apiece during Tufts’ run to open the second.

Amherst managed to cut the deficit to 11, 44-33, after a three-point play by senior forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) at 15:21 of the second half. The Tufts lead would remain in double digits for the remainder of the game though, with the visitors only able to pull within 14 points twice in the last 13 minutes.

The Jumbo lead grew as high as 20, 71-51, on a free throw by Stovell at 4:34. He then brought the house down by dunking with a man draped on him and adding the free throw with 1:47 to go.

Coupe added 15 rebounds and three blocks to his 14 points for Tufts. Zieja led Amherst with 22 points and now stands 11 shy of the Lord Jeffs’ all-time scoring record of 1,550, held by Jamal Wilson ’97. Harper finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Amherst.

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