AMHERST, Mass. – Four different players scored in double-figures for the fourth-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team as it cruised to a 99-74 non-conference road win over Emerson College Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst's impressive shooting from downtown continued Saturday as the Purple & White went an incredible 14-for-21 (66.7%) from beyond-the-arc, and were led by Connor Green '16 and Jeff Racy '17 who each went 4-for-4 with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
- Joining the duo in double-figures were David George '17, Jayde Dawson '18 and Johnny McCarthy '18. George recorded 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists, Dawson added 14 points and eight rebounds, and McCarthy contributed 13 on 3-for-5 shooting from deep. Green also recorded seven rebounds for Amherst and George led all players with three blocks.
- The visitor's controlled the glass and outrebounded the Lions, 41-25.
- Emerson shot 37.3% (25-67) as a team, and 21.7% (5-23) from three-point range. The Lions were led by Tyson Hallowell who scored a game-high 20 points, and John Geary who contributed 11. Austin Pinckney grabbed a team-high five rebounds and Michael Sheng led all Emerson players with two assists.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Emerson led for the first 6:21 of play until a lay-up by Conklin gave the visitor's their first lead, 8-7. Seconds later, a three-pointer by Racy capped off a 10-0 Amherst run.
- Amherst increased its lead to 15 at the 9:59 mark following a three-pointer from Green.
- After trailing 7-2 early, the Purple & White scored 22 of the next 24 points and never looked back.
- Emerson got within nine with 6:22 to play, but another three from Green put the visitor's back up by double-digits as they eventually took a 43-33 lead at the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The second half was all Amherst as the game never got within single digits the rest of the way.
- Green and Racy hit four consecutive three-pointers within two minutes of action to cap off a 14-0 Amherst run in the beginning of the second frame.
- Geary hit one from deep for the Lions to cut the deficit to 12 at the 15:49 mark, but a dunk from George shortly after halted Emerson's comeback attempt.
- Amherst outscored the Lions, 56-41 during the final 20 minutes of regulation.
- Amherst remains on the road for its next game and will play at Brandeis Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
- Emerson is back in action Tuesday as well and will host UMass Boston at 7 p.m.