The varsity basketball squad saw its 16-point lead dwindle to a precarious four-point margin before it finally defeated a stubborn Tufts team, 60-54, last night at Medford. George Harrington and Mike Donohue led the Crimson attack with 15 markers each.
Brilliant set shooting by Harrington and Donohue and an aggressive zone defense led the varsity's first-half surge. The Crimson scored almost at will against the faltering Jumbos, stretching its margin to 35-19 at one point.
Tufts came roaring back in the second half, and with 8:29 remaining in the game the Jumbos hit for seven straight points to cut its deficit to 53-46. Tempers began to flare during the Tufts surge, as Donohue and Jumbo Dick Mapp exchanged punches in a free-ball scramble and when a struggle for a rebound produced a ten-man pile-up under the basket.
With 3:58 to go in the contest, Tufts brought the score to 54-50, but driving layups by Donohue and Harrington matched two more Jumbo scores, and Bob Bowditch scored on a pass from Bob Repetto to ice the game.