Hot Shooting Can’t Get Mammoths Past Eastern

Hot Shooting Can’t Get Mammoths Past Eastern

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College shot 57% from the floor and got 25 points from Johnny McCarthy '18, but it wasn't enough to get the Mammoths past Eastern Connecticut State, as the Warriors handed them their second straight loss, 95-92, in a non-conference affair on Tuesday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.

McCarthy grabbed nine boards, handed out four assists, and was 11-18 from the floor with three three-pointers, while fellow senior Michael Riopel added 22 points on 8-13 from the floor, but Amherst dropped to 7-3 on the season.

Eastern (10-2) was led by senior guard Tarchee Brown, who scored 31 points, outpacing his team-high average of 22 points per game. Brown, who also led all players with five steals, was 4-7 from long range for the Warriors, who made 12 three-pointers on the night. Carlos Gonzalez hit three of those on his way to an 18-point evening that also included 10 assists and four steals.

A CJ Bachmann '19 offensive rebound and layup gave Amherst an 88-86 lead with 2:12 to play, but Brown, who recorded his second 30-point game of the season, put the Warriors back in front with a three-pointer a minute later.

With 1:12 to play, McCarthy put the home team back on top with a jump shot, but it was the last time Amherst would have the lead. Carlos Gonzalez converted a layup to put the Warriors ahead, and then hit two straight free-throws to extend the lead to 93-90 with under a minute left.

The Mammoths had several chances to tie the game, as the Warriors missed three of their final four free throws, but Amherst couldn't connect on four opportunities from behind the three-point line in the last forty-three seconds.

Bachmann scored ten points, one of five players in double figures for Amherst, and also earned a double-double with his game-high 11 rebounds, as the Mammoths had an emphatic 42-28 edge on the boards.

Eric Sellew '20 added 14 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Fru Che '21 had 11 points off the bench.

In the first half, Amherst opened up an 11 point advantage at 34-23 on a layup by Sellew, but the Warriors surged back with a 14-3 run to tie the game with a minute and a half left in the first half.

The Warriors shot 7-17 from behind the three-point line in the first half, with Gonzalez hitting 2-3 attempts and Jake Collagen making two triples as well as he led all players with 12 points in the first half.

Riopel went 4-5 from the floor in the opening stanza and had 10 points to lead the Mammoths.

Collagen would go on to score 16 points in the win for Eastern, and Kendall Marquez scored ten points on 4-7 from the field.

The Warriors forced 20 turnovers from Amherst, while only turning the ball over a season low six times themselves.

This game was the final tune-up for the Mammoths before they begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play this Friday night with a 7:00 PM game at Trinity.

Eastern plays at UMass Boston on Saturday at 3:00 PM as they return to Little East Conference (LEC) action.