Posted: Nov 19, 2016
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College senior David George collected 12 points and 10 rebounds and was named the tournament most valuable player as the top-ranked Purple & White dispatched St. Lawrence University, 90-68 in Saturday afternoon's championship game of the 16th annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season, while St. Lawrence moves to 2-1 overall. Amherst is back in action Monday, Nov. 21 at Anna Maria College at 5:30 p.m.
Early in the first half, St. Lawrence held a slim, 7-6 lead following a trey by Kyle Edwards before Amherst scored eight straight points, highlighted by three-pointers from Jacob Nabatoff '17 and Michael Riopel '18, and a put-back by George to give the Purple & White a 14-7 lead at the 13:11 mark. Amherst later extended its advantage to 20 when George connected for a pair of late free throws with 2:32 on the clock.
The Saints pulled to within 17 on a swish from long distance by Willie Zachery, but Jayde Dawson '18 canned three consecutive treys in a span of 1:13 to give the hosts a commanding, 49-23 cushion at intermission.
In the second, Amherst continued to find its groove as Johnny McCarthy '18 and Dawson knocked down triples on back-to-back possessions to help the Purple & White run out to a 28-point lead at the 17:17 mark. Less than four minutes later, a sensational dunk by Riopel on a perfect pass from Reid Berman '17 increased the lead to 66-37 with 13:26 remaining in the game.
At the 10:40 mark, Amherst notched its largest lead of the contest (35 points) as Nabatoff powered in a basket in the paint. From there, the Purple & White were able to maintain a comfortable lead of at least 24 points before St. Lawrence's Sam Adler buried a jumper with 12 seconds left to set the final score at 90-68.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
· McCarthy led Amherst starters with 14 points, while Riopel totaled 14 points off the bench for the Purple & White. Dawson and George added 12 points each, with Dawson hitting on 4-of-7 from three-point range.
- Nabatoff and Eric Conklin '17 added eight points each, while Joseph Schneider '19 contributed seven points. Berman finished with seven assists, while Dawson handed out five helpers.
- Kyle Edwards scored a game-high 22 points, while Riley Naclerio and Dom DeRegis netted 13 points each in the losing effort. Naclerio added seven boards, while DeRegis hauled in six rebounds.
- Amherst hit on 55.9% of its shots from the field, 53.8% from three-point range and 80% from the free throw stripe.
- St. Lawrence was limited to 30% shooting from the floor, and 21.4% from three-point range.
KEN WRIGHT '52 MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
- Jarell Lawson - Johnson & Wales
- Thomas Brown - Green Mountain
- Kyle Edwards - St. Lawrence
- Riley Naclerio - St. Lawrence
- Michael Riopel - Amherst
- David George - Amherst (MVP)