WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eric Sellew '20 scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help lead Amherst College men's basketball to an 82-61 win over Eastern Connecticut State University in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Geissler Gymnasium.
It is Amherst's first victory over the Warriors since 2015-16, as the No. 19 Mammoths improved to 14-2 overall. Eastern Connecticut, who is receiving votes in the D3Hoops.com poll, falls to 14-4 on the season.
Sellew went 8-12 from the field, dished out four assists and had two steals in the win, the sixth of the month for the Mammoths who are 5-1 on the road.
This was another standout defensive effort for the Mammoths, who held the Warriors to just 29.2% from the field and 27.6% from behind the three-point line. Amherst fired at a 51.7% clip from the floor and had an overwhelming advantage on the glass, 54-27.
Four starters were in double-figures for Amherst, including Grant Robinson '21, who scored 19 points and handed out two assists. Joe Schneider '19 scored 11 points while Fru Che '21 was a perfect 4-4 from the field, scored ten points and added two blocks and seven rebounds.
The Mammoths opened the game with a 5-0 run and trailed only once, by just a point, at 6-5 with 16:43 to play.
Sellew scored six straight points and then assisted on a layup by C.J. Bachmann '19 as Amherst build a 17-9 lead and never trailed. They broke a 22-22 tie with a 14-5 run to end the half with a 36-27 advantage.
Sellew converted a three-point play to kick off the second half in which Amherst shot 55% from the floor. They built their lead to 23 points by the end of the half, in large part thanks to a 54-16 points in the paint advantage as they took advantage of their size.
Carlos Gonzalez led the Warriors with 16 points, while Jake Collagen scored 12 points. Gonzalez led the way with six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Eastern Connecticut missed 11 of their 26 attempts from the foul line, while Amherst managed only 2-15 from three-point range.
Amherst returns to action this weekend with a pair of home NESCAC games. They will host Colby on Friday at 7:00 PM and Bowdoin on Saturday at 3:00 PM.