AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 14 Amherst College men's basketball team used a 17-point effort from Jayde Dawson '18 and shot 81.8% from the free throw line to help the Purple & White pull away to a 66-53 victory over NESCAC rival Trinity College Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win Amherst has now won four straight and improves to 14-4 overall, 4-2 in league play. Trinity moves to 13-7 on the season, 4-2 in conference action. The Purple & White return to non-conference action Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Rhode Island College at 7 p.m.
In a back-and-forth start to the first half, the sides battled to a 12-12 tie before a Johnny McCarthy '18 layup at the 11:24 mark set Amherst off on an 8-0 run that saw Eric Conklin '17 power in consecutive layups, before Reid Berman '17 added a bucket to make it 20-12 with 8:37 to play in the first stanza. Eric Gendron drilled a three-pointer and added a free throw at the 6:44 mark to help pull the Bantams to within three (24-21) with 6:44 to play, but McCarthy answered with a trey to push the hosts' lead back to six with just over six minutes remaining in the half. Trinity twice battled to within three late in the period but a late 7-0 run highlighted by a Jeff Racy '17 triple helped Amherst take a 38-29 lead at intermission.
The Bantams scored five of the first six points of the second half as Langdon Neal hit the front end of two free throws, before Ed Ogundeko and Gendron muscled in layups to pull Trinity to within five at 39-34 less than two minutes into the second frame. Dawson answered with two free throws and a mid-range jumper from the elbow as the Purple & White strung together a 10-4 run, capped by a three-point play from Michael Riopel '18 at the 14-minute mark that gave Amherst a 49-38 lead. Trinity was able to cut its deficit to seven (53-46) at the 6:26 mark on a layup by Connor Merinder, but a rebound and put-back by Conklin, a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line, and a trey by Riopel helped the Purple & White finish off the 66-53 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Dawson scored his team-high 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field and a 7-for-9 effort from the foul line, in addition collecting five rebounds, four steals and dishing out two assists.
- McCarthy added 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting including a pair of treys, and tied for the game-high in rebounds with 11. Riopel added 10 points off the bench, while Conklin contributed eight points. Jacob Nabatoff '17 added seven points and six boards, while Berman dished out five assists in the winning effort.
- Ogundeko netted a game-best 15 points on 8-for-11 efficiency from the field and hauled in 11 rebounds, while Gendron added 10 points. Merinder finished with six rebounds off the bench, while Neal contributed nine points and seven rebounds.
- Amherst shot 38.6% from the field, 30.8% from three-point range, and 81.8% from the foul line, while Trinity shot 32.2% from the floor, and just 7.1% from long distance.
- Trinity edged Amherst 42-39 in rebounds, while Amherst held a 32-26 edge in points in the paint, and a 22-6 differential in points off the bench.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- McCarthy is now just seven points shy reaching the 1,000-point milestone for his career.
- The win for Amherst is its 30th in a row at LeFrak Gymnasium.