Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Connor Green and the Amherst College men's basketball team strung together another impressive performance from three-point range Saturday as the Jeffs defeated Tufts University, 92-66 in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championships at Cousens Gym.
The fifth-seeded Jeffs improved to 19-6 overall and move into the semifinal round next Saturday at 4 p.m. They will face second-seeded Bowdoin in Hartford, Conn. The Jumbos saw their season come to a close and finish with a 13-12 mark.
Green made 6-of-8 three-pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points. As a team, Amherst went 13-of-19 overall from beyond the arc. It was the 13th time this season the Jeffs hit 10 or more treys in a game, and the 68.4% was the highest this year. David George '17 provided inside help and recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Amherst finished the game shooting 56.4% from the field (31-55) and 89.5% from the line (17-19). They also held a 16-plus advantage in rebounds, 44-28, to avenge a Jan. 16 loss to the Jumbos.
The Jumbos were led by their senior tri-captain Ben Ferris, who posted a team-high 14 points, while sophomore Tom Palleschi finished with 13, and added six rebounds and five blocks. Junior tri-captain Stephen Haladyna scored eight points for Tufts while Hunter Sabety '17 had seven and six rebounds. Vincent Pace '18 added six points and three steals.
Green scored the first nine points for Amherst, but a jumper by Palleschi knotted the game at 11-11. However, the visitors responded with a 14-0 run and led 25-11 after a George bucket at the 10:33 mark. McCarthy led the stretch with seven points.
The Amherst lead reached 20 twice in the half, including 49-29 on another Green three with 2:21 to go until intermission. The Jeffs made 8-of-10 three-point attempts in the first half, including three by Green, as he led all scorers at the break with 14. Overall, six players registered three-pointers for Amherst in the opening 20 minutes as the team took a 53-37 lead at halftime. Palleschi and Ferris added 13 and 11, respectively, for Tufts.
The closest the Jumbos would get in the second half was 16 points, including 63-47 following a lay-up by Ben Engvall '18 at the 13:08 mark. However, the Jeffs would put it away by scoring the next 15 points to take a 78-47 advantage with 6:53 on the clock. Green hit two threes and scored 10 points during the run.