Lockdown Defense Helps Mammoths to Ken Wright Tournament Opener Victory

Lockdown Defense Helps Mammoths to Ken Wright Tournament Opener Victory

AMHERST, Mass. – Host Amherst College opened up their 2017-18 season and the 17th Annual Ken Wright Invitational Tournament with an 83-51 victory over Sarah Lawrence in men's basketball action Friday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With a suffocating defensive display in the opening ten minutes, the Mammoths (1-0) ran out to a 29-7 lead and never looked back in advancing to tomorrow afternoon's championship game at 3:00 pm. The Gryphons (0-1) will play in the consolation game at 1:00 pm tomorrow.

First year Fru Che led four players in double figures, all of them off of the Amherst bench. Dylan Groff '19 added 12 points, while Tommy Mobley '20 and Tim McCarthy '21 chipped in with 11 points apiece.

Gryphons sophomore BJ Sanders led all players with 19 points and Austin Jones added 16 points but Sarah Lawrence got just 16 points from the rest of their lineup and shot 1-21 from behind the three-point line.

Amherst shot 11-28 from downtown and 41.6% (32-77) from the floor. Garrett Day '21 was 4-6 from the field, as was Tim McCarthy, while Groff went 5-7 including 2-3 from downtown.

Both teams started slow, and the Gryphons took a 3-2 lead with 16:56 remaining in the first half, but Amherst then held their opponents without a point for nine minutes and thirteen seconds, and without a field goal for nearly eleven minutes while grabbing a 22 point advantage.  

Sarah Lawrence went 1-24 from the floor to start the game, but had some success as they pressed late in the half and pulled to a 42-23 deficit at the break.

Amherst opened their lead again to open the second half, holding the Gryphons without a field goal for the opening three and a half minutes and building a 51-24 advantage.

The hosts outrebounded their opponent 64-36, with Joseph Schneider '19 the only player in double figures with ten rebounds.

Four different players dished out four assists for Amherst, who racked up 22 dimes on 32 made baskets.

For Sarah Lawrence, Enike Anyia had nine rebounds while Sanders added eight boards. Andre Garibaldi had three points and two blocks off the bench.