Brennan Morris hit a 15-foot baseline jumper with seven seconds remaining, lifting Tufts (8-9, 2-2) to an 86-84 win over Middlebury (12-5, 2-2) Saturday in Cousens Gym. The Panthers return to action on Tuesday night with a 7:00 p.m. start at Albertus Magnus.
Tufts led 13-7 before the Panthers chipped away, tying the game at 15-15 on a layup from Eric McCord at the 11:12 mark. The game went back and forth and was knotted at 31-31 when Middlebury went on a quick 7-0 spurt to go up 38-31 on a three from Max Bosco. The lead grew to as many as eight, with the Panthers taking a 42-36 lead into the break.
Leading by one, Middlebury went on a 6-0 run midway through the second half, taking a 64-57 lead on a bucket from Perry DeLorenzo at the 11:04 mark. Tufts responded, scoring 18 of the game's next 22 points to lead 75-68 with 5:30 left to play. Middlebury bounced back and slowly chipped away, tying the game at 84-84 on a hoop from McCord with 36 seconds on the clock.
Following Morris' eventual game winner late, Middlebury raced to the other end, but a baseline jump shot just missed as time expired.
McCord finished the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds on 7-14 shooting. With his dozen boards, he surpasses 600 rebound plateau with 605. Matt Folger had 16 points and 13 boards, while Bosco scored 17. Jack Farrell ended the afternoon with nine points and eight rebounds.
Morris led five Jumbos in double figures with 17 points, Luke Rogers netted 16 with nine rebounds, while Carson Cohen and Tyler Aronson each contributed 15. Eric Savage scored 14 points, Justin Kouyoumdjian dished out six assists, while Rogers blocked four shots.
The Jumbos shot .500 from the floor, but were outrebounded 55-40 in the game.