AMHERST, Mass. – It was only a matter of time until a close game against a ranked opponent went Amherst's way this year, and the Mammoths left nothing to chance on Saturday afternoon, blowing out Hamilton College 75-49 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball actiion, ending the Continental's perfect start to the season at 15 games.
Amherst (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC) had lost five games this year by six points or less, but they were on fire at LeFrak on Saturday, making 6-9 three-pointers in the first half and opening up a 19 point lead by the break. The Mammoths also had a season-high ten blocked shots.
The Continentals are averaging 92.7 points per game, but Amherst held them to just 29.4% shooting and 5-20 from behind the three-point line. Hamilton (15-1, 3-1 NESCAC) had just 28 points at the mid-way point of the second half.
Riopel led all players with 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and had a block and a steal, while shooting 5-9 from long range.
McCarthy added 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, helping Amherst to a 48-34 edge on the glass, along with four assists, two blocks and a steal. Sellew was 7-10 from the floor for 14 points, to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
The home team's only time trailing was at the 18:21 mark of the first half, after a three-pointer by Hamilton's Peter Hoffman, who led the way for the Continentals with 14 points, ten rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
A layup by Sellew put the Mammoths in front, and they used a 10-0 run to grab a double-digit advantage, 22-11, midway through the half. The lead grew to 16 when Riopel hit a three-pointer, and he added another triple before the break.
Amherst's lead reached as much as 32 points in the second half. C.J. Bachmann '19 had five points and two blocks in the last twenty minutes, and would end the game with seven points, seven rebounds and three swatted shots.
Kena Gilmour scored 14 points for the Continentals, while Tim Doyle led all players with six steals.
Grant Robinson '21 dished out a game-high six assists in the win for Amherst, who will head on the road next weekend for a road game at Colby on Friday night.