AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 19 Amherst College men's basketball team used four treys from Connor Green '16 and Jeff Racy '17, and three triples from Jayde Dawson '18, to help pace the Purple & White to a 65-53 victory over Hamilton College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC men's basketball regular season finale at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Hamilton (11-13, 2-8 NESCAC)
Amherst (20-4, 8-2 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst shot 39.3% from the floor and 42.3% from three-point range and held a lead of as many as 18 points at the 7:07 mark of the second half to close out the victory.
- The Purple & White were led by Green who scored a game-high 15 points, while Racy followed 13 points. Johnny McCarthy '18 was a force on the glass hauling in a game-high 10 boards, while Dawson dished out a game-best four assists.
- Dawson and Michael Riopel '18 finished with nine points each, while McCarthy added eight. David George '17 seven rebounds, and blocked two shots, while Eric Conklin '17 finished with four points and two swats. Reid Berman '17 grabbed four rebounds and dished out three helpers, while Ben Pollack '16 collected two boards.
- Hamilton was held to just 29.2% shooting from the field, and 22.2% efficiency from long distance.
- Michael Grassey and Peter Hoffman led the Continentals with nine points each off the bench, while Andrew Groll chipped in eight points. Joe Pucci and Ajani Santos led the visitors with seven rebounds apiece.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- In the opening stages of the contest, Amherst jumped out to a 9-2 lead, thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Green and one from Dawson 2:33 into the game. Racy and Dawson then drained treys to give the Purple & White a 15-7 advantage with 13:56 on the clock as all 15 of Amherst's points during the stretch came via the long ball.
- The Purple & White led by as many as 15 following a Jacob Nabatoff '17 jumper at the 8:36 mark that set the score at 27-12, and were able to maintain a double-digit lead for much of the remainder of the half.
- A Tim Doyle trey pulled Hamilton to within eight (30-22) with 3:14 to play in the stanza, but Amherst used buckets by McCarthy and Riopel; and the Purple & White defense forced a pair of Continentals' turnovers, to help the hosts take a 34-22 lead into intermission.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Hamilton scored four of the first six points to start the second frame and shrink the visitor's deficit to 10 (36-26), but a clutch trey by Green, followed by a strike from three-point range by Dawson, helped Amherst extend its lead back to double digits (42-26) with 16:50 to play in the contest.
- The Purple & White ran its lead to as many as 18 (59-41) following a layup by Riopel at the 6:28 mark.
- The Continentals slowly chipped away at the lead, and a basket in the paint by Grassey with 1:43 left in regulation pulled them to within nine (62-53), but that's as close as they would get as Racy hit the back end of two foul shots, while Green swished a pair from the free throw line to seal the 65-53 victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst has now won 20 games or more for the sixth consecutive season, and 15th time in the last 16 years.
- Green has now scored 1,629 points over his four year career and sits in third on the program's all-time points list.
2016 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 20 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Trinity – 3 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Amherst – 4 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Tufts – 4 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Middlebury – 3 p.m.
2 p.m. | 4 p.m.