AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College defeated Emerson College 85-62 on Saturday afternoon in non-conference men's basketball action at LeFrak Gymnasium, as the Mammoths improved to 5-0 for the ninth consecutive season.
Behind a 23-point effort from Grant Robinson '21 and a double-double from Josh Chery '20, the Mammoths continued their run of 20+ point wins this year, though the 23-point margin of victory was their smallest of the season.
The home team built their lead through three-point shooting in the opening twenty minutes. Robinson and Fru Che '21 combined to shoot 4-5 from long-distance in the opening half, and back to back threes by the pair had Amherst doubling up Emerson (4-4) 16-8 with five minutes gone.
Robinson had 14 points by the break and Garrett Day scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half as well. His layup with 10:08 in the half extended Amherst's lead to 24-14, and another right before the whistle gave the Mammoths a 47-33 lead at halftime.
Chery connected from long range to open the second half and Amherst started the period on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 23 before Jack O'Connor made a three-pointer, part of a 19-point performance for the Emerson junior.
O'Connor also had a game-high 12 rebounds to complete his double-double while Geoffrey Gray paced Emerson with 21 points, though the two combined to shoot just 2-11 from behind the three-point line.
Emerson cut the deficit to fifteen points midway through the second half but Day answered with a three-pointer and Fru Che grabbed an offensive rebound and scored as Amherst collected the next ten points to extend the lead back over 20, where it would stay for the nearly the rest of the game.
The Mammoths had four players in double-figures, with Che (11 points) and Chery (13 points, 10 rebounds) joining Robinson and Day, who helped Amherst to a 24-7 edge in bench points.
CJ Bachmann '19 dished out four assists off the bench to lead all players. Eric Sellew '20 had seven points, three assists, one block and two steals, while Joe Schneider '19 had seven points and three blocks, to go with a pair of dimes.
Gray handed out three assists for Emerson, who also got ten points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal out of first year center Jarred Houston.
Amherst is home again on Thursday night for a 7:00 pm contest against Babson College.