WALTHAM, Mass. – For the first time this season, the Amherst College men's basketball team scored 100+ points, as they defeated Brandeis University 102-82 in a non-league game on Monday night at Red Auerbach Arena.
Amherst, who improves to 8-4 on the year, stops a three-game skid while handing Brandeis (4-8) their second straight defeat.
The Mammoths last scored in triple digits on New Year's Eve of 2016 when they defeated Keystone College 119-69 at LeFrak Gymnasium. The last time they accomplished the feat on the road was in 2015, when they did so twice in three days in back to back road wins at Babson and Lasell.
Amherst was paced by senior guard Johnny McCarthy, who scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 overall, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 2-of-3 from the line. Michael Riopel '18 added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Garrett Day '21 finished with 18 points and a game-high eight assists.
Day hit a three-pointer to put Amherst in front 14-13 after the Judges took a few early leads, including one on a 3-pointer by sophomore Eric D'Aguanno. Day's trifecta sparked a 15-2 run that included two more triples by the rookie, and Amherst would not trail again.
The final three-pointer by Day put the Mammoths ahead 26-15 with 10:44 on the clock, and they remained in control, leading 55-40 at halftime and increasing their advantage to as much as 29 points in the second half.
Amherst outshot Brandeis for the game, 53.7% (36-67) to 44.3% (27-61), and controlled the boards, 40-27. Both teams shot well from the line, as Amherst connected on 16-of-17 (94.1%), while Brandeis hit 18-of-24 (75%). Brandeis won the turnover battle, 15-13, with a 15-14 edge in points off those miscues.
For the Judges, junior Corey Sherman scored a team- and career-high 19 points in just 21 minutes of action off the bench. Sherman hit 6-of-8 overall, including 4-of-4 from downtown, and 3-of-3 from the line. Senior Latye Workman added 17 points on 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line and grabbed five rebounds. Rookie Chandler Jones and sophomore Collin Sawyer each scored 11 points, with Jones grabbing a team-high six rebounds. Jones also had a career-high four assists, one behind rookie guard Lawrence Sabir for team-high honors.
Brandeis returns to University Athletic Association action on Friday evening as they kick off a trip to the Midwest when they meet Washington University in St. Louis at 9 p.m. (8 Central).
Amherst looks to pick up their first win in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) when they host Connecticut College at 7:00 pm on Friday night in LeFrak.