NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 24 Amherst College men's basketball team topped Connecticut College by an 88-60 decision in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Friday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Amherst began the game red hot offensively and took an early advantage with a 16-5 start to the game. Though the Mammoths never trailed in the contest, Connecticut College would prove competitive through the first 10 minutes. After C.J. Bachmann '19 converted a layup to give the Mammoths a 20-12 advantage, the visitors rattled off eight unanswered to tie the score. Freshman Matt Carlin and sophomore Jack Zimmerman sank back-to-back 3-pointers, and sophomore Dan Draffan made it a 20-20 contest at the 9:38 mark by sinking a jumper.
The Mammoths turned the tide, getting a trifecta from Garrett Day '21 on the next possession to begin a 16-0 run over the next four minutes. Joseph Schneider '19 drove in for two layups to keep the margin in twin figures during the final minutes of the half, and the visitors carried a 42-27 advantage into the recess.
The advantage remained in double-digits throughout the second half, as Amherst used another big run to pull away. After Draffan made a layup on the Camels' first possession, Amherst scored 20 of the game's next 25 points and ballooned its lead to 28 at 62-34 when Grant Robinson '21 stole the ball and finished at the other end. The margin grew to as many as 34 points when Bachmann drove in for a layup to put his team ahead by a 70-36 score with 11:19 left, and the Camels never came closer than 23 points the rest of the way.
Robinson scored a team-high 18 points by shooting 7-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-3 at the line for Amherst (12-1, NESCAC 2-0), which also had six players finish with eight, nine, or 10 points in the contest. Bachmann netted 10 off the bench and was one of six Mammoth players to grab a pair of rebounds. Schneider finished with eight points and seven boards, while Eric Sellew '20 added six points and five assists.
Zimmerman and Draffan paced Connecticut College in the setback. Zimmerman contributed 14 points and three steals, and Draffan added 11 points. Freshman Ryan Omslaer (Jackson, N.J.) pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.
Connecticut College (5-9, NESCAC 0-3) will play its fourth straight game against a nationally-ranked NESCAC opponent when it hosts No. 6 Hamilton tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.
Amherst (12-1, 2-0 NESCAC) heads to Wesleyan tomorrow for a 3:00 pm tip-off against the Cardinals, who are receiving votes in the latest Top-25 poll.