WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – No. 3 Amherst College used a team-high 19-point effort from Jayde Dawson '18, while the Purple & White bench contributed 30 points, to help lift the Purple & White to a 80-72 win over No. 25 Williams College in Friday evening's NESCAC opener in Williamstown, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-2 overall, 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Williams moves to 11-2 on the season, 0-1 in conference action. The Purple & White return to the floor Friday, January 13 when they travel to NESCAC rival Wesleyan University for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
A back-and-forth start to the first half saw the sides play to a 9-9 tie following a trey by Williams' Cole Teal at the 14:44 mark. Amherst answered with a 10-2 run that featured a pair of Johnny McCarthy '18 layups and treys from Jacob Nabatoff '17 and Michael Riopel '18 which gave the visitors a 19-11 lead. The Ephs tied the game late in the first half when Bobby Casey powered in a bucket underneath to set the score at 26-26, but a pair of baskets by Eric Conklin '17 and another trey from Nabatoff gave the Purple & White a 33-26 lead at intermission.
Teal canned a trey on the first possession of the second half for Williams, but Amherst kept the hosts at arm's length as Dawson swished a triple at the 16:33 mark, and Nabatoff knocked down his third three-pointer three minutes later to help give Amherst a 49-38 advantage.
A jumper and three-point play by Daniel Aronowitz pulled Williams to within six at 49-43 with 11:03 on the clock, but strikes from beyond-the-arc by McCarthy and again by Dawson allowed Amherst to maintain a 10-point cushion at 60-50. Holding a 72-60 lead with less than two minutes to play, the Purple & White converted 7-of-10 from the free throw line, and Dawson drilled a jumper with 32 seconds left to give Amherst an 80-69 lead. With 17 ticks remaining, Cole swished his sixth trey of the game to set the final score at 80-72.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst shot 47.5% from the field and 40.7% from three-point range, while Williams hit on 41.5% of its shots from the floor, 30.8% from long distance, and 83.3% from the charity stripe.
- Dawson led Amherst with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting, while McCarthy followed with 15 points on 6-for-10 efficiency from the floor and hauled in a game-best 11 rebounds.
- Nabatoff added nine points on a 3-for-3 effort from three-point range, while Riopel and Conklin contributed 12 and 10 points respectively. Reid Berman '17 added eight points off the bench, while David George '17 came down with nine boards and blocked two shots.
- Williams was led by a game-high, 26-point effort from Teal, while Aronowitz added 21 points in the losing effort. Casey chipped in nine points, while Aronowitz led the Ephs with six rebounds. Teal and Michael Kempton logged five rebounds each.
- Amherst out-rebounded Williams, 41-3, and held a 30-8 advantage in points off the bench to help seal the victory.