BRUNSWICK, Maine – The No. 8 Amherst College men's basketball team used a 27-point effort from Connor Green '16, and the Purple & White erased an 11-point halftime deficit to post a thrilling, 92-78 come-from-behind victory over Bowdoin College in Friday evening's NESCAC tilt in Brunswick, Maine.
Amherst (14-2, 4-0 NESCAC)
Bowdoin (8-6, 1-3 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Trailing 47-36 at intermission, Amherst erased its halftime deficit, outscoring Bowdoin, 56-31 in the second half to complete its 92-78 triumph.
- Green, who scored nine points in the first 20 minutes, exploded for 18 points in the second stanza to finish with a team-high 27 points. Green was 10-for-18 shooting from the field, and a superb 6-for-12 from beyond-the-arc.
- Jeff Racy '17 was also a deep threat for the Purple & White, cashing in on 5-of-9 from three-point range as he finished with 17 points. Jayde Dawson '18 totaled 12 points and five assists, while Michael Riopel '18, and Eric Conklin '17 added 11 points each off the bench. Conkin and David George '17 finished with eight rebounds each to lead all players, while George and Johnny McCarthy chipped in seven points apiece. Reid Berman '17 and McCarthy added five helpers each in the win.
- The Polar Bears were led by the hot hand of Lucas Hausman who poured in a game-high 32 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field, and 9-for-11 efficiency from the charity stripe. Jack Simonds added 16 points, while he and Neil Fuller collected a team-best six boards each. Fuller and Matt Palecki chipped in eight points in the losing effort.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- In the opening period, the sides played to an 11-11 deadlock before a pair of Hausman free throws, followed by a swish from long distance by Simonds helped give Bowdoin an 18-11 lead with 13:42 to play in the half.
- Amherst closed to within three when Green nailed a trey at the 12:58 mark to make it 20-17, but Bowdoin was able to stave off the Purple & White's rally attempts and extend its lead to double digits (34-24) when Simonds hit a mid-range jumper with 6:54 on the clock.
- Late in the half, Liam Farley powered in a layup with 1:27 to give the hosts their largest advantage of the game at 17 points (47-30), but a pair back-to-back strikes from three-point land by Green and Racy helped narrow the Polar Bears' lead to 11 (47-36) at intermission.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- In a back-and-forth start to the second stanza, Amherst crept its way back into the contest, and eventually shrunk the Bowdoin lead to 63-62 with 11:02 on the clock following a basket underneath by Dawson.
- After Green missed a trey on the next possession, he hauled in his own rebound and powered in a layup to give the Purple & White a 64-63 edge.
- Green and the Polar Bears' Tim Ahn exchanged three-pointers on the next two possessions to set the score at 67-66, setting up a 10-0 run by the visitors that pushed their lead to 77-66 on a Conklin layup with 6:04 remaining in the game.
- A Palecki layup less than three minutes later pulled Bowdoin to within six at 80-74 with 3:21 on the clock, but a pair of McCarthy makes from the free throw line, followed by a triple from Green, allowed Amherst to stake an 85-74 lead and pull away to an eventual, 92-78 victory.
- Amherst returns to NESCAC action tomorrow afternoon when it travels to Colby College for a 3 p.m. start in Waterville, Maine.
- Bowdoin hosts Trinity College in NESCAC play tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. in Brunswick, Maine.