Courtesy of Conn. College Sports Information
NEW LONDON, Conn.- Sophomore Jeff Racy set a school record for single game three-point makes, connecting on an incredible 10-of-14 shots from long distance en route to a career-high 30 points to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to a 94-61 victory over Connecticut College Friday night.
Amherst improved its record to 16-5 while moving to 5-3 in conference play. Connecticut College slipped to 7-13 with a 0-7 mark in the NESCAC.
The previous program record for three-pointers made in a game was nine held by Brian Doust '01 during the 2000-01 season, and Jamal Wilson '97 during the 1996-97 campaign.
As a team, Amherst shot 46.5% from long range, connecting on 20-of-43 shots from beyond the arc. During the team's four-game winning streak, the Purple & White have hit a total of 58 three-pointers.
Connor Green '16 chipped in with 24 points and six rebounds for the visitors, knocking down 6-of-13 shots from long distance as Green and Racy combined for 54 points. David George '17 pulled in a game-high 12 rebounds, while Reid Berman '17 dished out a game-high 11 assists.
Connecticut College sophomore Daniel Janel finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes of play off the bench. Alex Hall chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds for the hosts, while Zuri Pavlin reached double digits with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Jeffs came out on fire Friday as Berman and Green buried shots from downtown in the first 40 seconds of play. After consecutive three-pointers by Green and McCarthy, respectively, Amherst pulled ahead by 14 as it took a 16-2 lead at the 16:53 mark. The lead continued to increase as Green buried yet another trey minutes later to cap a 35-10 run in the opening 9:39 of play. The junior sharpshooter had 16 points during the run.
Amherst led by as many as 27 in the half but a basket by Colin Pascoe in the closing moments trimmed the Camel deficit to 52-31 at the break. Green and Racy finished with 16 and 15 points in the first 20 minutes, respectively.
In the second stanza, the Camels closed to within 57-40 when Alex Hall dialed from long distance with a triple from the left side of the arch with 14:14 remaining. However, Amherst was knocking down shots from the perimeter all night.
Racy was 5-for-8 from three in the second stanza, after going 5-for-6 in the first. With 7:27 to play in regulation, the sophomore broke the Amherst men's basketball record with his 10th triple coming from the right side of the arch to make it an 83-52 game. The Jeffs eventually cruised to the 94-61 triumph.
Amherst returns to the court tomorrow, Feb. 7 and will head to Wesleyan for a 3 p.m. contest.