AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College outlasted Brandeis University 65-52 on Monday evening in a defensive-minded non-conference men's basketball affair at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The win is the 812th for Head Coach Dave Hixon, who passes legendary baseball coach Bill Thurston for the most wins at Amherst College with a single team.
With both teams allowing under 62 points per game entering the contest, points were always going to be at a premium, but Amherst, on the back of Eric Sellew '20, made enough plays to improve to 11-1 on the season.
Sellew went 6-9 from the floor, scoring a game-high 19 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and had three assists, a steal and two blocks.
The Mammoths held Brandeis without a field goal for more than six minutes as they built a double-digit lead in the first half, 17-5.
Brandeis (8-4), led by 14 points from Corey Sherman, would fight back into the game, though Amherst would never relinquish the lead.
Grant Robinson '21 answered a three-pointer by Austin Clamage with a triple of his own to keep the Amherst lead at nine points with six and a half minutes to play in the first half, though Collin Sawyer responded with a three on the next time down the court for Brandeis.
A three-point play by Devon Allen '22 sparked a 7-0 run for Amherst to push the lead to eleven points before the Judges trimmed the deficit to six points by the break.
The Judges would get to within two points three minutes into the second half, but they would not get that close again. C.J. Bachmann '19 made back to back layups as part of his eight-point, eight rebound night to extend the advantage to 51-41 with under eight minutes left to play.
Six minutes later, Sellew stole the ball and made an acrobatic layup while getting fouled. His three-point play gave the Mammoths a 60-47 lead, their largest of the game.
Robinson scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, as Amherst had a 45-29 edge on the glass. Allen added nine points and had two steals, while Joe Schneider '19 had seven points and a pair of blocks.
The 52-point defensive effort tied the second-fewest scored by an Amherst opponent this season.
Chandler Jones scored nine points for the Judges, who shot 33% from the floor and 30% from three-point. The Mammoths were 23-57 (40%) from the floor but managed just 5 of twenty-six from long range and 14-28 at the foul line.
Amherst heads back on the road this weekend and returns to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play this weekend. The Mammoths will travel to Connecticut for a 7:00 pm game on Friday against Connecticut College and a 3:00 pm game on Saturday at Wesleyan.