AMHERST, Mass. – Garrett Day '21 and Eric Sellew '20 each reached the 20-point plateau for the Mammoths, however the home team was unable to overcome a strong start by the Bantams as the Amherst College men's basketball team suffered a 89-85 loss to Trinity College Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 16-7 on the season and to 6-3 in league play, while Trinity improves to 16-7 overall (6-3 NESCAC).
Just one point off his career-best, Day went 10-for-21 from the floor to lead the Mammoths with a game-high 28 points, while Sellew registered his sixth double-double of the winter with 20 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
Hot off the opening tip, the Bantams rattled off a 13-0 run to start the conference battle and pushed their lead to as much as 24-4 at the 11:48 mark before the Mammoths hit their stride midway through the half to outscore the visitors 35-19 and get back within four (43-39) at the break.
Hitting the court after intermission, the sides went bucket-for-bucket through the first 10 minutes before a Fru Che '21 tip-in at the 9:21 mark sparked a 9-2run that ended with a Josh Chery '20 swish from beyond the arc deadlocking score at 71-71 with 6:36 to play. Responding with two quick treys, the Bantams looked to gain some breathing room, but the Mammoths once again responded in kind to get back within one (78-77) with just over three minutes on the clock.
That was as close as the home team got to the 'W' however as clutch shooting by Colin Donovan down the stretch finished off the three-point, 89-85 Bantam victory.
Putting together an efficient shoot night, Trinity finished 34-for-66 from the floor (51.5%) and 10-for-20 (50%) from three-point range to land five players in double digits. Donovan led the Bantams with 24 points and six rebounds, while Joe Bell hauled in eight boards and added 17 points off the bench.
Amherst held the edge in rebounds, 45-38, and second chance points, 22-4, in the matchup, while Trinity racked up 28 bench points to the Mammoths' 10.
Amherst is back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15 when they close out the regular season with a 3:00PM battle against Connecticut College at home. In addition to being the Mammoths' regular season finale, the game also marks Senior Day for Amherst who will take time to celebrate the accomplishments and careers of the Class of 2020 prior to tip off.