WATERVILLE, Maine – Connor Green '16 scored a team-high 13 points and hauled in a game-best nine rebounds, while Reid Berman '17 dished out seven assists and scored 10 points off the bench, but clutch free throw shooting by John Gallego with less than a minute to play lifted Colby College to a hard-fought, 66-64 victory over No. 8 Amherst College in Saturday afternoon's men's basketball contest in Waterville, Maine.
Amherst (14-3, 4-1 NESCAC)
Colby (12-5, 1-4 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Clinging to a 63-62 lead with 33 seconds remaining in regulation, Gallego swished a pair of free throws to give Colby a 65-62 lead. Green answered with a jumper in the corner for Amherst with 16 seconds on the clock, but two seconds later, Gallego hit on the backend of two foul shots to set the score at 66-64. With two seconds left, Green launched a three-pointer, but the shot didn't drop as the Mules held on for the victory.
- Green and Berman led the Purple & White in scoring with 13 and 10 points respectively, followed by Jayde Dawson '18 and Eric Conklin '17 who netted eight points each. David George '17 and Michael Riopel '18 added seven points apiece, while Jeff Racy '17 dished out five helpers.
- Colby was led by Chris Hudnut who poured in a game-high 17 points off the bench, while Gallego and Ryan Jann logged 13 points each. Pat Dickert followed with 11 points, and Sam Wilson chipped in eight. Patrick Stewart led the Mules with eight boards, while Jann contributed seven rebounds in the win.
- In the evenly contested game that saw Amherst shoot 33.3% and Colby shoot 44.2%, neither team held more than a six-point edge (Colby at the 17:00 mark of the second half), while both teams battled to 12 ties and four lead changes.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- In the first half, Colby scored the first five points as Dickert powered in a bucket in the paint, followed by a trey from Sam Willson to give the Mules an early 5-0 lead at the 18:06 mark.
- Racy knocked down a triple at the 17:48 mark to give Amherst its first points of the game and from there it was a back-and-forth affair.
- The first stanza saw the Purple & White tie the game nine times as Colby could never gain more than a four-point lead.
- With the visitors trailing, 32-30, Berman found Riopel who delivered a layup with 37 seconds left to even the score at 32-32. With time expiring in the half, Dickert grabbed a rebound following a missed layup by Hudnut and scored to give the Mules a 34-32 edge at intermission.
- Colby shot 48.4% in the first 20 minutes and Hudnut led all players with 12 points.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- George connected on one of two free throws to start the second half for Amherst and pull the visitors to within one at 34-33, but a string of five unanswered points capped by Hudnut layup allowed Colby to stake its largest lead of the game at 39-33 with 17 minutes to play.
- Dawson responded for the Purple & White nailing a three-pointer and then hitting a mid-range jumper to put Amherst to within one at 39-38 less than two minutes later.
- Down by three with 8:58 on the clock, Johnny McCarthy '18 delivered a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 50-50, and 25 seconds later, Berman made a pair of free throws to give Amherst a 52-50 edge.
- A McCarthy layup put the Purple & White ahead by three (54-51) with 7:39 to play, but Dickert quickly answered with a triple to level the game at 54-54.
- A three-pointer by Green with 3:24 remaining in regulation again put the visitors ahead by two (58-56) but the lead was short-lived as Jann registered a layup and then made a pair from the stripe to make it 60-58 with 2:32 to play.
- From there, a Hunut layup, followed by three-of-four free throws by Gallego, helped the Mules secure the win.
- Amherst returns to non-conference action Wednesday, Jan. 27 when it travels to NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College for a 7 p.m. tilt in Williamstown, Mass.
- Colby travels to Bangor, Maine for a 7 p.m. non-league matchup with Husson University on Tuesday, Jan. 26.