AMHERST, Mass. – A 96-41 victory over Hunter College this afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium ranks among the biggest margins of victory in Amherst College men's basketball program history.
The 55-point win, which is tied for the third biggest rout in the record books dating back to 2001, was sparked by a 21-0 run over the final five minutes of the first half, as well as 14 made three-pointers in the game, four of them by Tommy Mobley '20.
Amherst (8-1) trailed 17-16 with just under nine minutes left in the first half, and then held Hunter without a field goal for 8:55 and exploded for a 32-2 run that included nine steals, half of the total thefts for the Mammoths on the day.
Five players scored in double-figures for Amherst, who shot 40.8% from the floor and 35.9% from behind the three-point line, while also dominating the glass with a 61-26 rebounding margin, including a 28-4 edge on the offensive glass.
All 16 players on the roster got into the scorebook for Amherst. Eric Sellew '20 scored twelve points and led the rebounding effort with seven caroms, including five offensive boards. Sellew also had three steals, as did Grant Robinson '21 and Will Phelan '22.
Phelan and C.J. Bachmann '19 each scored ten points off of the Amherst bench, all but two of Bachmann's coming after halftime. Phelan dished out a game-high seven assists, while Bachmann grabbed seven rebounds and had a block and a steal in just twelve minutes.
The only points for Hunter (3-7) during the final nine minutes of the first half was a pair of free-throws by George Keener, who had nearly half of the Hawks' points in the first half (9) before being held scoreless in the second half. Keener gave the visitors a 17-16 lead with a layup to cap a 7-0 run that included a three-point play by Karon Blackwell, who had six points and a steal.
Sellew put Amherst back ahead with a layup on an assist from Fru Che '21, who poured in ten points, grabbed six rebounds, handed out four assists and had two steals and a block.
That started the first half run that put Amherst ahead by ten points before Keener hit from the foul line. Mobley answered with a three-pointer at the 5:08 mark and the Mammoths ran off the next 21 points to head to the break ahead 48-19.
The run would reach a 60-10 margin as it stretched well into the second half to put Amherst ahead 76-27.
Devon Allen '22 and Phelan each hit a pair of three-pointers in the second half, though the Hawks found some range from outside the arc (4-10) after going just 1-15 there in the opening twenty minutes.
Timmy McCarthy '21 scored seven points off the Amherst bench, while Allen and Garrett Day '21 added six points apiece.
In the 2001 season opener against MCLA, Amherst won 116-57, a 59-point margin of victory that still holds as the largest on record. Amherst also topped Curry by 56 points in the 2010-11 season and today equaled a 55-point win against Fitchburg State from 2005.
Amherst heads to Keystone College for their first game after New Year's Day, a 2:00 pm tip scheduled on January 2nd.