Five Players in Double Figures as Mammoths Top Jumbos

Five Players in Double Figures as Mammoths Top Jumbos

AMHERST, Mass. – Five Mammoths, including two off the bench, scored in double-figures on Friday evening as Amherst College defeated Tufts University 85-55 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Joe Schneider '19 scored 15 points and Garrett Day '21 and C.J. Bachmann '19 came off the pine to score 14 apiece to help No. 23 Amherst improve to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC.

Despite a game-high 27 points from Eric Savage, the Jumbos fall to 10-11 (4-4 NESCAC).

Amherst opened the game with nine straight points, with a dunk by Schneider off the opening tip setting the tone for the rest of the night, in a game in which the home team would never trail.

Tufts climbed back into the game at 12-8 after eight straight points from Eric Savage, but Bachmann came off of the bench with a massive performance as Amherst built the lead back up to double-digits.

Bachmann grabbed two straight rebounds, hit a pair of free-throws, had two straight blocks on the defensive end then made layups on three possessions within two minutes as Amherst went ahead 22-10 midway through the period.

Savage shot 8-14 from the field and 2-4 from behind the three-point line, while also getting nine of his points at the free-throw line.

Bachmann, who grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to record just his second career double-double, added another layup to make it 24-10 before getting a rest, and Amherst continued the defensive intensity, holding Tufts scoreless for more than three and a half minutes. The home team led 44-26 at the break and never looked back.

The Mammoths shot 50% from the field in the first half (18-36) and were a perfect 6-6 from the foul line while Tufts struggled from both the floor (28.1%) and the charity stripe (5-11) in the first twenty minutes.

Amherst finished a touch under that pace from the floor, but the Jumbos could not improve on their shooting percentage in the second half. Will Brady (7 points) and Patrick Racy (6 points) both contributed off of the bench, but no other Jumbo hit more than one field goal in the game.

Eric Sellew '20 scored 13 points on 6-7 shooting. He also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists and had a block and two steals. Grant Robinson '21 added 12 points, two assists and two steals.

Savage and Luke Rogers co-led Tufts with five rebounds apiece. Rogers had two blocks and a steal but was kept off the scoresheet by the Amherst defense.

Amherst had a definitive edge in rebounds (46-35), points off turnovers (21-9), fastbreak points (14-5) and points in the paint (50-21).

Tufts heads to Hamilton tomorrow for another tough test against the nationally ranked Continentals.

Amherst will celebrate Schneider, Bachmann and Dylan Groff '19 tomorrow when they celebrate Senior Day before a 3:00 PM home game against Bates.