Amherst Tops Fitchburg State to Win 19th Ken Wright Invitational

Amherst Tops Fitchburg State to Win 19th Ken Wright Invitational

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College won the 19th Ken Wright Invitational with an 84-62 victory over Fitchburg State University in non-conference basketball action on Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Fru Che '21 was named tournament Most Valuable Player, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Eric Sellew '20 as the Mammoths continued their streak of being unbeaten now in 19 consecutive Ken Wright tournaments.

With the win, Amherst remains unblemished and tally their third victory on the season. Fitchburg State records their second loss on the 2019 tab, dropping to 4-2.

Che scored 22 points on 9-13 shooting, including 2-2 from behind the three-point line, while Sellew recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 7-10 from the floor.

Nick Tracy and Jordan Jones were represented on the All-Tournament team for Fitchburg State, who matched the Mammoths from the field (40%), but were just 1-17 from behind the three-point line, while Amherst made 11 triples.

Through three games this year, opponents of the Mammoths are shooting just 2-41 from behind the three-point line.

Tracy led the Falcons with 18 points and six rebounds, along with a block, an assist and two steals. Jones had 11 points, two blocks and five boards.

Amherst got out to a strong start, going up 12-0 in the opening three minutes led by Sellew, who scored half of the points to give the Mammoths an early lead. Despite a three pointer from Grant Robinson '21, Fitchburg made a run of their own in the ensuing five minutes to surge into the lead.

Jones converted a layup to put Fitchburg ahead 20-18 before Amherst went on a 20-0 run to seize control of the game, taking their biggest lead of the half at 38-20 win Tim McCarthy '21 made a three-pointer with 1:40 left to play in the period. The tandem of Che and Sellew lead the charge, combining for 14 points as Amherst ended the half ahead 42-25.

Devon Johnson had 12 points, ten of them after halftime for the Falcons, but Amherst continued to build their lead with Tommy Mobley '20 hitting back to back three-pointers at the 5:30 minute mark of the second half to extend the advantage to 80-54. Both those triples were assisted by Garret Day '21, who had three of Amherst's 23 assists on 33 made baskets. The Falcons managed just three assists on their 24 field goals.

Junior Grant Robinson had seven of those assists, while Che had two along with nine rebounds. McCarthy finished the night with nine points and two dimes, and Devonn Allen '22 added six points and three assists. Josh Chery '20 was 3-4 from the field for 7 points with five boards.

Jordan Goodson and LG Fleurine of Thomas College were the final two members of the All-Tournament Team. The Terriers defeated Elmira 82-53 in the tournament's consolation game.

The Mammoths are back in action before the Thanksgiving break, traveling to Westfield State on Tuesday, November 26th, for a 6:00 PM bout. The Falcons will host Becker at 6:00 PM on Monday, November 25th, in their next outing.