Seniors Lead Tufts to 92-85 Upset of Amherst

MEDFORD, Massachusetts -- On Senior Day at Cousens Gymnasium, Tufts tri-captains Dave Cunningham (Easton, CT), Joe Donroe (Hamden, CT) and Brian Skerry (Medford, MA) hit 20 of 35 shots and combined for 57 points to lead the Jumbos to a 92-85 upset of the Amherst Lord Jeffs in New England Small College Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

Amherst, tied for fourth in this week's New England Division III rankings, dropped to 18-3 overall. Tufts (11-10) stopped a four-game losing streak that was their longest since the 1984-85 season.

Cunningham led Tufts with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, while Donroe added 20 points and eight rebounds. Skerry chipped in 16 points and eight assists. Amherst junior sharp-shooter Chris Ingraham (Tuscon, AZ) had 24 points and five assists, while senior tri-captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) had 21 and 10.

A 16-7 run late in the second half put Tufts in charge. They trailed 72-71 with 5:40 remaining after a layup by Skorupski, but surged to an 87=79 advantage with 1:34 left. Donroe had seven points during the run. The Lord Jeffs cut the margin to 87-83 entering the final minute, but Tufts his its free throws to seal the win. It was a close game throughout with the margin never reaching double digits.

The Jumbos play next at Bowdoin on Tuesday (Feb. 24) while Amherst is at Conn College on Wednesday (Feb. 25).

Amherst (18-3)		41	44 -- 85
Tufts (11-10)		37	55 -- 92
Amherst (85) Rowand 4-13 1-2 10, MacLeod 0-0 0-0 0, Mulvey 4-9 3-3 12, Daoust 1-5 0-0 3, Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Quattlebaum 3-5 0-0 6, Ingraham 7-14 6-6 24, Skorupski 8-13 5-7 21, Pavelski 3-10 0-0 6, Anish 1-1 1-2 3.

Tufts (92) Cunningham 7-10 3-4 21, Mpuku 1-5 0-0 3, Saylor 7-12 3-4 17, Skerry 6-13 4-8 16, Mugar 0-0 0-0 0, DeBevoise 1-2 0-0 2, Sisson 0-1 0-0 0, Bernier 2-3 0-0 9, Andrews 0-0 0-0 0, Flaherty 4-9 1-1 9, Donroe 7-12 4-5 20.

3-point goals - A 7-27 (Ingraham 4, Rowand, Mulvey, Daoust), T 7-15 (Cunningham 4, Donroe 2, Mpuku). Fouled out - Bernier. Rebounds - A 39 (Skorupski 10), T 39 (Donroe 8). Assists - A 16 (Ingraham 5), T 16 (Skerry 8). Total fouls - A 18, T 18. Technicals - None.

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Taken from a Tufts University press release