WESTFIELD, Mass. – Amherst College connected on eight of its first nine three point tries in the first half, and never looked back, as the Mammoths outpaced Westfield State, 84-48 in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Woodward Center on Monday night.
Amherst (3-0) led 52-20 at the half while shooting 60.6 percent from the floor and 61 percent from three point range. The Mammoths held the Owls to 18.5 percent (5-27) shooting from the floor in the first half, and just 21.2 percent for the game.
Johnny McCarthy '18 scored a game-high 18 points and was 8-10 from the field, leading three players in double-figures for the Mammoths. Michael Riopel '18 finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, and Tim McCarthy '21 added 10 points off the bench, connecting on 3 of 4 three-point tries.
The Mammoths outshot the Owls by 35% from the field and 31% from behind the three-point line, where they were 11-22, led by three triples apiece out of Riopel , Tim McCarthy, and Tommy Mobley '20, who added nine points in the win. Vic Sinopili '19 led the squad with six assists off of the bench.
Westfield State (2-2) was led by 11 points and five rebounds from Marcus Collins in 22 minutes of play. Senior guard Austin Joseph added 10 points with 2 of 3 shooting from behind the arc, and Isaiah Headley added eight points for the Owls.
Westfield State will break for Thanksgiving before playing in the Sig Makofski tournament at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. on Saturday and Sunday. Westfield will meet Farleigh Dickinson (N.J.) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Amherst, which was receiving votes in the D3Hoops.com national poll, will also take off the rest of the week before they travel to Emerson College on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tip.