Amherst Uses Second Half Explosion to Get Back in Win Column

Amherst Uses Second Half Explosion to Get Back in Win Column

AMHERST, Mass. – After fight to get back in front just before halftime on Saturday afternoon, the Amherst College men's basketball team exploded for 53 points in the second half to rout Lasell College 91-64 in non-conference action at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Mammoths (6-1) had four players in double-figures and scored 90+ points for the fifth game after being held to just 55 points by Babson last time out.

Eric Sellew '20 scored 15 points and dished out three assists while grabbing seven rebounds for Amherst. Joe Schneider '19 added 10 points, including several thunderous dunks, one of which gave Amherst a three-point halftime lead after the visitors had led most of the first half.

Grant Robinson '21 had 12 points and four of Amherst's 19 assists. His three-pointer to start the second half got Amherst on their way to a 7-14 shooting clip from long range after the break.

Back to back dunks by Schneider helped a 7-1 run to extend the Amherst lead to double-digits with three minutes gone in the second half.

Later in the half, Sellew grabbed defensive rebounds and fed Fru Che '21 with full-court passes to lead to fast break layups on two successive plays.

Amherst had a 16-0 advantage in fast break points, as well as a 37-27 edge on the glass and a 38-20 points in the paint lead.

Dylan Groff '19 scored 13 points off the Amherst bench, who outscored the Lasers' reserves 43-18.

A big part of the second half barrage was the shooting of Tommy Mobley '20, who hit three triples in the second half for all nine of his points in the win. Devonn Allen '22 hit a pair of threes as well to end the night with six points, along with two assists and three steals.

Senior Josh Chery '20 had three thefts as well, and first year Will Phelan was 3-3 from the field for seven points, along with two steals and two assists.

The Lasers (2-9) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and continued to lead by four points after a three-pointer by Liam Jacobs with 2:22 left to play.  

Stefan Masciarelli had 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first half for Lasell, who shot 43% from the field, compared to 48.4% for Amherst.

Vic Collazo added 14 points, nine of them at the free-throw line, while Adrian Nova scored nine points on 3-5 shooting in just seven minutes off the Lasers bench.

The Mammoths will play their final game before winter break on Tuesday night when they travel down the road to Springfield for a 7:30 PM tip-off against the Pride.