AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 3 Amherst College men's basketball team scored 68 points in the first half, connected on 15 three-pointers, and totaled 33 assists as the Purple & White posted a convincing, 119-69 victory over Keystone College Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-1 overall, while Keystone moves to 3-6 on the season. The Purple & White return to action Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at Eastern Conn. State University to begin a stretch of four straight road games.
Amherst rushed out to an early 17-2 lead as Jacob Nabatoff '17 powered in a layup to begin the run, while Jeff Racy '17 drained a pair of three-pointers. David George '17 added a pair of impressive dunks during the stretch to help Amherst clinch its early advantage.
Racy finished the half with another trey and nine total points, while Jayde Dawson '18 struck for two triples and totaled 11 points in the first 20 minutes to lead Amherst. Johnny McCarthy '18 added nine points of his own on 4-for-6 shooting from the field, while Eric Conklin '17 added six points off the bench. McCarthy also totaled seven first half rebounds and dished out five assists in the stanza to help the Purple & White coast to a 68-31 advantage at intermission.
Amherst shot 71.4% from the floor and 53.8% from beyond-the-arc in the first 20 minutes, and limited Keystone to just 30% shooting from the field, and 16.7% efficiency from long distance. Perry Belcher was 6-of-10 from the field, and hit on 3-of-4 from the foul line in the first half en route to 15 points for the Giants in the first frame.
Early in the second half, Amherst continued its hot shooting from three-point distance as Dawson, McCarthy, Racy and Michael Riopel '18 each converted a trey. At the 11:15 mark, Josh Chery '20 canned a triple of his own to set the score at 93-41 and give the Purple & White their largest lead of the contest. Diego Magana '17, Christien Wright '18 and Brady Holding '17 each knocked down three pointers over the final 11 minutes of the game as Amherst pulled away to the convincing 119-69 victory.
John Kirkpatrick highlighted the effort for Keystone in the second half as he netted 16 points on the strength of stellar 10-for-10 shooting from the free throw line. Devin Stricklin added eight points, including a 4-for-7 effort from the stripe in the second half.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Dawson finished with a team-high 16 points, grabbed six boards and dished out three assists, while McCarthy notched 14 points, hauled in nine boards, dished out six assists, registered two steals and blocked two shots.
- Racy scored 12 points on 4-for-6 efficiency from three-point range, while Riopel notched 10 points. Conklin followed with eight points, while Nabatoff, Wright, Holding, and Eric Sellew '20 tabbed seven points each. Reid Berman '17 dished out five helpers off the bench, while David George '17 swatted three shots.
- Belcher led all players with 20 points in defeat for the Giants, while Kirkpatrick finished with 16. Sricklin and Khyle Diaz followed with 10 points apiece, and Deion Monroe chipped in eight points.
- Keystone was held to just 30.1% shooting for the game, 9.5% from three-point range and 69.7% from the free throw line, while Amherst shot 64.8% from the field, 50% from downtown, and 54.5% from the stripe.
- The Purple & White held a 46-38 advantage in rebounds, a 33-7 difference in assists, a 58-36 margin in points in the paint, and a 64-39 lead in bench points. The hosts also scored 27 points off 14 turnovers by Keystone, while the Giants managed eight points off 11 Amherst turnovers.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game marks the first time this season the Purple & White have scored 100-plus points in a game. The last time Amherst scored 100 or more points in a game came on Dec. 12, 2015 – a 101-69 win at Lasell College.
- Vic Sinopoli '19 (4 points), Chery (3 points) and Holding (7 points) each scored their collegiate career-highs in the game, while Wright tied his collegiate career-best in Saturday's win with seven points.