Returning home for the first time since Dec. 11th to face Bates in a critical conference showdown, the men's basketball team coughed up a 15-point lead before ultimately dropping the contest 72-68 in overtime.
After all the disappointment of last Friday night, when the women's basketball team started off 0-1 in NESCAC play with a loss to Amherst, the Jumbos emerged from this weekend right back in the thick of things.
In each of the past two seasons, the women's basketball team has suffered buzzer-beater losses to out-of-conference foe Wheaton. And just four days removed from a deflating last-second loss to Amherst, the Jumbos were set to take on the Lyons again, hoping to avoid a little déj? vu.
The women's basketball team lost its perfect season Friday in a matter of 2.4 seconds.
The men's basketball team entered the weekend on a three-game road winning streak, looking to both end its eight-game-road trip and open its conference schedule in a positive fashion.
If, as they say, lengthy road trips measure basketball teams, then the Tufts men's squad might need an extra ruler or two.
An unblemished record, the best start in program history, and now, a win against a leading challenger for the NESCAC championship. With 12 out of 23 regular-season games already in the books, the women's basketball team has the look of a serious national contender.
It's not often you can give up 88 points and emerge with a victory, but the men's basketball team did just that on Saturday, using its highest offensive output of the season to put away the Clark University Cougars, 98-88, at Cousens Gym.
It took just nine games over three weeks for the 2007-08 women's basketball team to write itself into the Tufts record books.
After the monster performance Jon Pierce let loose on the No. 16 Keene State Owls Tuesday night - 25 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks - any reasonable human being would question whether the junior forward would have anything left in the tank two nights later.
Forget the three overtimes needed last year. This time, 40 minutes was all the men's basketball team needed to dispatch the national No. 16 Keene State Owls.
The women's basketball team earned more than just an impressive win over a previously unbeaten New England foe Tuesday night. It also earned a shot at history.
Through one leg of the Triple Overtime Reunion Tour, the men's basketball team is back on track.
During their first four games for the Colby-Sawyer Chargers, senior Noelle Surette and sophomore Terri Duffy combined to average 38.5 points and 21.3 rebounds in the post.
In the women's basketball team's first four games of the season, the Jumbos proved they would boast a formidable post presence this season. Most of the damage came courtesy of senior co-captain Khalilah Ummah, who had racked up 56 points on 63.9 percent from the field and 37 rebounds.
In her four seasons with the Brandeis Judges, All-American post player Caitlin Malcolm saw her team beat Tufts four times and contributed more than a third of the Judges' 275 points in the four contests.
Just three days after Thanks-giving, the men's basketball team wasted no time getting to the meat of its non-conference schedule.
Last year, then-junior Khalilah Ummah played a key role in the paint for the women's basketball team, coming off the bench to average 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while supporting the tandem of then-senior co-captains Laura Jasinski and Libby Park.
When the men's basketball team opened its season at the Brandeis Classic in Waltham, Mass. on Saturday night, it showed exactly the early-season jitters you'd expect from a team that's only been together two weeks. Missed jumpers, sloppy turnovers and inconsistent defense spelled the Jumbos' demise as they fell 96-70 to Bridgewater State.
The women's basketball team has never been one to rack up hefty offensive numbers. The team averaged just 62.2 points per game in 2006-07, a marked improvement from the previous season when it recorded 56.4.