BABSON PARK, Mass. – In another entertaining and tightly contested Amherst vs Babson men's basketball contest, the host Beavers handed Amherst their second straight defeat, 87-82 on Wednesday evening at Staake Gymnasium.
The Beavers made eleven three-pointers in the first half, though Amherst still had opportunities to pull out the victory in a game that featured eleven lead changes, most of them in the final twenty minutes.
Eric Sellew '20 converted a layup with 2:36 remaining, capping his 16-point, 9 rebound night, and giving Amherst an 81-80 lead.
Frank Oftring put Babson back on top for good with a layup and a free throw as Babson ended the game on a 7-1 run.
Andrew Jaworski made a layup with twenty-nine seconds left and grabbed a defensive rebound on the other end of the floor, then sunk both of his foul shots with four ticks left to put the game out of reach.
Oftring led all players with 30 points and 10 rebunds, while Jaworksi added 23 points for Babson.
Babson (7-0) shot 53% from the floor to Amherst's 47%, though the Mammoths had a 39-26 rebounding advantage.
Amherst was 4-6 from behind the three-point line in the second half, while the Beavers slowed down to a 2-10 clip.
Sellew was one of five players in double-figures for Amherst, who were led by Garrett Day '21 and his 17 points off the Amherst bench. Fru Che '21 was 14 points on an efficient 6-8 from the floor and 2-2 from downtown. Josh Chery '20 (11 points, eight rebounds) and Will Phelan '22 (10 points) joined the offensive output for Amherst.
Turnovers were also a key part of the victory for Babson. The Beavers forced 13 miscues and committed just five of their own, leading to a 20-6 edge in points off of turnovers for the home team.
Day was 2-4 from behind the three-point line and 5-7 from the floor in the first half, scoring 14 points before the break to lead the Mammoths. Sellew had ten points at halftime.
Oftring split his points equally between halves, but Babson guard Jack Coolahan was 4-4 from three-point range, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half and the Beavers to a 53-48 lead into the break.
The Beavers had led by as much as 11 in the first half, while Amherst's largest lead of the night was after Devonn Allen '22 opened the game with a three-pointer.
Allen had five points while grant Robinson '21 scored eight points and dished out six assists, matching Babson's Crew Ainge, who also scored 15 points for the Beavers.
Amherst (3-2) continues their three-game stretch against NEWMAC opponents when they travel to Emerson on Saturday for a 2:00 PM game.