AMHERST, Mass. – Shooting 58.1% from the floor in the first half and 52.5% for the game, the Amherst College men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with a 96-62 win over Framingham State in the first round of the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament on Friday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Behind 20 points from sophomore guard Grant Robinson, Amherst (1-0) advances to the championship game tomorrow at 3:00 PM against the winner of Kean and MCLA.
Framingham State (1-1) got a game-high 22 points from Emmanuel Payton, but will have to regroup in time for tomorrow's 1:00 PM consolation game.
The opening half saw Amherst shoot 5-12 from behind the three-point line, and they used a 13-0 run to open up a 31-7 advantage.
Robinson had 14 of his points in the first half, including eight free throws, and ended the game 10-13 from the charity stripe. He also dished out three assists, while first year Will Phelan led all players with four assists to go with seven points in just 13 minutes of action.
All sixteen players on the Mammoths roster saw the court and scored in the win. Joe Schneider '19 had seven points, including a highlight reel dunk on an alley-oop from Fru Che '21.
Josh Chery '20 scored 13 points and had a pair of steals, and he and Eric Sellew '20 had a connection working early on in the game, with Sellew finding Schneider for layups on successive plays to cap the 13-0 spurt.
The Rams cut the deficit to 20 points with a Tyri Hampton jump shot at 16:42 in the second half, but Timmy McCarthy nailed a three-pointer, part of a nine point nine for the sophomore, and Garrett Day '21 added a triple as the lead stayed above 20 for the rest of the evening.
Chery, Day and McCarthy were all 2-4 from three-point land for the Mammoths, who ended the night shooting 9-27 (33.3%) from distance.
Framingham got seven points and two steals from Hampton, while Payton led the team with seven rebounds to go with his 22 points.
Amherst's defense held the Rams to just 3-15 from behind the three-point line, including 1-10 in the opening half.