AMHERST, Mass. -- In their final competition before the holiday break, Amherst College men's basketball reached the 100-point plateau for the first time since Nov. 20, 2018, to cruise past Pine Manor College by an 101-51 margin Thursday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst secures their sixth win on the season and third consecutive, jumping to 6-2 overall. Dropping their ninth game, the Gators move to 2-9 on the year.
Fru Che '21 led all scorers with a 21 point mark, which was good for his second-best offensive performance this season. Pulling down a game-high nine rebounds through 16 minutes, Josh Chery '20 controlled the defensive boards and was 3-3 from the field for six points on the night.
Amherst was impressive out the gate, scoring 33 points on 100% shooting to take a 25 point lead in the first seven minutes.
Playing 27 minutes for the Gators, Sayvonn Houston went 7-9 from the free throw line to score a team-high 19 points, lending six rebounds as well while Jalen Bruce finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and one assist.
Carrying the momentum into the halftime break, Amherst recorded 11 points off turnovers, 18 points in the paint, and were shooting 54.1% from the field.
In the second stanza, Amherst rattled off a 25-5 run in under four minutes to expand their lead to 48 by the 11 minute mark. The run was sparked by a three-pointer from Mobley as well as an and-one from Michael Schretter '22.
Improving from the opening 20 minutes, Pine Manor shot 50% from beyond the arc in the second half and was 9-31 from the field.
Amherst saw half of their score coming from the bench as Tommy Mobley '20 scored a career-high 16 points on 6-9 from the field and 50% from downtown.
The largest lead for Amherst came at the 6:49 mark in the second half as a layup from Yaya Zarroug '22 put the Mammoths up by 52 points.
Grant Robinson '21 surpassed his assist per-game average, dishing out a game-high six dimes along with eight points.
The Mammoths defense held strong in the waning minutes of the game, limiting the Gators to six points in the last five minutes to notch their sixth win on the season.
The Mammoths will have a 17 day break before traveling to Naples, Fla. for their non-conference battle against Baruch College (Dec. 28), which is the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Gators return to action when they compete in the USJ (Conn.) Tournament on Dec. 28-29.