No. 11 Amherst Uses Strong Second Half to Down Rhode Island College, 88-51

No. 11 Amherst Uses Strong Second Half to Down Rhode Island College, 88-51

AMHERST, Mass. – No. 11 Amherst College used a 21-point, nine-rebound effort from Connor Green '16, and the Purple & White shot 53.3% from the floor to help secure an 88-51 victory over Rhode Island College Tuesday evening in non-conference play at LeFrak Gymnasium.

RECORDS
Rhode Island College (4-16)
Amherst (17-3) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Amherst, which held a 35-25 lead at halftime, exploded for 53 points in the second half to help drive the Purple & White to the 37-point win.
  • Green netted his 21 points on the strength of 8-of-15 shooting from the field, and 4-of-8 from beyond-the-arc. Johnny McCarthy '18 added 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and dished out five assists to help fuel an offense that featured tremendous movement throughout the contest.
  • Michael Riopel '18 was 4-for-5 from the floor and added six assists off the bench, while Reid Berman '17 handed out seven helpers to lead Amherst. Diego Magana '17 canned three treys in three minutes of action and finished with nine points, while Jacob Nabatoff '17 chipped in seven in reserve.
  • Rhode Island College was held to just 27.8% efficiency from the field and was led by Justin Campbell who netted a team-high 10 points off the bench. Roosevelt Shider followed with nine points, while Jason Jones chipped in seven. Brandon Williams Jr. displayed stellar court vision and dished out eight of the Anchormen's 11 assists in the losing effort.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • In a back-and-forth first period that saw neither team take more than a six-point lead early, Rhode Island College took a 22-21 edge following a bucket and a free throw by Shider with 5:47 to play in the half.
  • David George '17 answered with a 12-foot jumper to spark a 14-3 run by Amherst to close out the half. Green hit a pair of triples during the stretch and added a jumper from the corner, while George and Jayde Dawson '18 each contributed jumpers during the run that gave the Purple & White a 35-25 halftime advantage.
  • Green netted 15 points in the first 20 minutes and pulled down seven of his rebounds to help the hosts stake their 10-point cushion.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amherst began to pull away early in the second half as McCarthy and Dawson connected on back-to-back shots from three-point range to give the Purple & White a 44-30 edge at the 16:27 mark.
  • Following a Jones layup with 9:04 on the clock to make it 57-43, the Anchormen were held scoreless over the next 2:20 as McCarthy and Riopel each powered in a pair of baskets during the run to extend the lead to 65-43.
  • With less than five minutes to play, Magana swished three three-pointers in a 2:02 span to help raise the lead to 79-50.
  • From there, C.J. Bachmann '19 made four consecutive foul shots and Dylan Groff '19 drained a three-pointer to help the Purple & White seal their 88-51 triumph.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Amherst has now won three in a row, and four of its last five since Jan. 22.
  • The Purple & White also stand at 8-0 at LeFrak Gymnasium so far this season and will host Middlebury College (Feb. 12) and Hamilton College (Feb. 13) in their final two regular season games of the 2015-16 season.
  • Green has now scored 1,562 points in his career which moves him into third place on the program's all-time points list.
  • The nine points is a collegiate career-high for Magana.

UP NEXT

  • Amherst returns to NESCAC action Friday, Feb. 5 when it travels to Bates College for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Bobcats in Lewiston, Maine.
  • Rhode Island College will travel to UMass-Boston Saturday, Feb. 6 for a 3 p.m. game against the Beacons.