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Jefferson's big night helps Mules win NESCAC opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Sam Jefferson had the best game of his collegiate career with 32 points on 12-for-17 shooting to lead the Mules to a 103-93 win against Tufts University in the NESCAC opener for both teams Friday.
The Mules improve to 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the league, while the Jumbos drop to 5-8 and 0-1.
By the numbers
* Jefferson's all-around game included eight made 3-point field goals, eight rebounds, six assists, five steals, and four blocked shots. He was 8-for-12 from long range and had just one turnover in 34 minutes.
* Colby's Matt Hanna added 20 points, five rebounds, three made 3-point field goals, two assists, and two steals. 
* Ronan Schwarz (pictured) added 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists for Colby. Noah Tyson finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and a game-high seven assists. Wallace Tucker and Alex Dorion both had seven points.
* Tufts received 21 points and eight rebounds from Eric Savage, while Tyler Aronson finished with 18  points and three assists.
* Justin Kouyoumdjian was 6-for-10 from the field for 17 points to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Jumbos. Luke Rogers had a game-high nine rebounds and had 15 points and three assists.
* The Mules shot 50.7 percent (36-for-71) from the field and 46.2 percent (18-of-39) from 3-point range. 
Game highlights
* The Mules led 14-10 when Dorion hit two straight 3-point shots and Jefferson nailed a third to push the margin to 23-10.
* The Jumbos battled back behind Aronson's 15 first-half points to only trail 53-49 at intermission. Tufts did a much better job defending the 3-point shot in the final five minutes.
* Colby led the entire second half, but the Jumbos cut the margin to 75-73 when Rogers scored inside with 8:55 to play.
* The Mules used a 10-0 run to go up 85-73 behind 3-point shots by Jefferson and Hanna. Tucker and Schwarz had the other baskets during the run.
Next up
* Colby plays host to rival  Bates College on Saturday at 3 p.m. in another NESCAC game.
* The Jumbos head to Bowdoin College for a 3 p.m. game Saturday.