LAKELAND, Fla. – Amherst College men's basketball suffered their second loss of the year on Saturday afternoon, a 76-65 defeat at the hands of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) members Southeastern University.
Amherst (7-2) was playing their first game in 18 days on a brief one game southern road trip, and couldn't capitalize on double-digit scoring from four players.
They fell behind by eight points in the first six minutes of play, but Grant Robinson '21, who scored 12 points and dished out 4 assists, gave the Mammoths the lead with back to back jump shots with under seven minutes left in the first half.
Sophomore Tommy Mobley hit a three-pointer to put Amherst up by four, but Southeastern ended the first half on a 14-3 run to take a seven point lead to the locker room.
The Fire wouldn't trail again, and they opened up their lead to 13 points with two consecutive three-pointers by Jeremy Oppenheimer in the fifth minute of the second half.
Mobley, who was 4-8 from behind the three-point line and scored 12 points off of the bench, cut the deficit back to seven with a pair from downtown. Another three by Mobley cut a ten point deficit down to seven, at 68-61 with 3:37 to play.
Michael Riopel '18 made a layup to bring the lead to five points, but Ryan Atkins answered for the Fire on their ensuing possession, and Amherst couldn't get back within seven for the rest of the contest.
The Fire got 31 points from Atkins to lead the way, while Oppenheimer contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds off of the bench. Grant Bryant scored 11 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds, as Southeastern had a 46-36 edge on the glass.
Outside of Mobley, Amherst shot just 1-17 from behind the three-point line.
Southeastern, who is ranked No. 7 in the NAIA DII Coaches' Poll, improved to 12-2 on the season and earned Head Coach R-Jay Barsh his 100th victory.
The next game for the Mammoths will come just after the turn of the calendar, and it will come on their home court at LeFrak Gymnasium. Eastern Connecticut State will come calling for a 7:00 PM non-conference game on January 2nd.