Amherst Controls the Glass for First Win of 2019

Amherst Controls the Glass for First Win of 2019

LA PLUME, Pa. – With a decisive rebounding advantage, including 20 offensive boards, Amherst College used their size and strength for a 88-61 victory over Keystone College in non-conference men's basketball action Wednesday afternoon at Ace Spalding Arena.

The top scoring defense in the country held an opponent under 65 points for the seventh time this season and Amherst improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 on the road.

Senior C.J. Bachmann was incredibly efficient off the Amherst bench, leading the team with a career-high 16 points in just 16 minutes played. Bachmann was 8-9 from the floor, grabbed seven rebounds and added an assist and a block.

Joe Schneider '19 scored five of the first seven points of the game and Grant Robinson '21 found his touch early as Amherst opened up a 14-5 lead and never looked back.

Robinson and classmate Fru Che scored 15 points apiece, while Eric Sellew had a game-high 12 rebounds as the Mammoths outrebounded the Giants 53-31.

A Che three-pointer at 11:05 began a 12-2 run where Bachmann turned two rebounds into easy buckets.

The Giants (0-13) were led by 14 points from Jalen Flynn, who also had a team-high eight rebounds and handed out three assists. Keystone finished the first half on an 18-11 run and Amherst led by 13 at the break.

After Flynn made a jumper to start the second half, the Mammoths ran off 13 straight points and the lead was 24 points by the 15:00 mark of the second half. The lead ballooned to as much as 33 points by the midway point of the second half.

Devon Allen '22 got his first start of the year and responded by dishing out six assists to lead all players. Fellow first year Will Phelan had four assists off the bench.

Schneider (11 points) and Garrett Day '21 (12 points) joined their teammates in double-figures. Amherst shot 46.8% from the floor, compared to 35% for Keystone. The Mammoths had a 44-20 edge in points in the paint and saw their bench outscore the Giants reserves 36-13.

Sellew scored seven points and gave out two assists. Che filled out his stat-line with four assists and two steals.

Amherst returns to LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday night when they begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play with a 7:00 pm game against Trinity.