BOSTON, Mass. – The Amherst College men's basketball team stopped a two-game skid with a 97-86 victory over Emerson College in non-conference basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Brown & Plofker Gym.
The #14 ranked Mammoths got a double-double from Eric Sellew '20 to help them improve to 5-3 on the year, while Emerson falls to 5-4 despite a game-high 29 points from sophomore Nate Martin.
Sellew scored 24 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, while Grant Robinson '21 dished out six assists to go with his 22 points, four rebounds and two steals.
The teams opened up the game trading buckets, knotting the score at 4 early. A five point run by Martin himself gave the Lions a quick five point lead at 9-4 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Amherst went on a seven-point run to put them ahead by one, but the Lions and Mammoths found themselves knotted at 14 halfway through the frame. Emerson went on an 11-4 run from this point, opening up a 7-point lead on a Ben Allen layup. Emerson kept their lead between four and six for motst of the half, before the Mammoths went on a 9-4 run to end the half, with the Lions holding onto a one-point lead at the end of the frame.
The Mammoths opened up the second half on a 15-4 run, taking an 11-point lead behind consistent free throw shooting in the opening minutes. Emerson cut the lead to five behind the sharpshooting of Zach Waterhouse, who connected on a three pointer and two free throws.
A Robinson three pointer with eight minutes remaining gave Amherst their biggest lead of the game, 16 points, and the Mammoths continued to hold a double-digit edge until the final whistle.
Fru Che '21 scored 16 points and had five rebounds and a block for Amherst, who shot 50.8% from the floor and 85.7% from the free-throw line. Josh Chery '20 scored 16 points and combined with Robinson to shoot 5-10 from behind the three-point line.
The Lions got 13 points and 12 rebounds from Jack O'Connor and 17 points and 4 assists from Waterhouse.
Amherst heads home for their next two games, beginning on Tuesday, December 10th when they host Springfield at 7:00 PM.
Emerson gets back in action on Tuesday against the Lesley Lynx in an 8:00pm game, when they welcome them to the Brown & Plofker Gym for their final game of 2019.