Williamstown, MA – No. 19 Amherst College defeated No. 10 Williams 84-79 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball, as the Mammoths swept the season series from the Ephs and won the Little Three title outright for the first time since 2014-15.
Unlike Amherst's win on January 16th in LeFrak, tonight's game counts towards the NESCAC standings as well, and the win pushes Amherst (19-3) to 6-2 in the league. Williams has lost two straight and after starting the year 15-0, now drops to 19-4 (6-3 NESCAC).
With the game tied at 52, Eric Sellew '20 started a 14-2 run for Amherst that lasted nearly five minutes and put the Mammoths ahead 68-54 with 6:10 left to play.
Sellew finished the game with 10 points and seven rebounds, as Amherst shot 50.8% from the floor and had five scorers in double-figures. Grant Robinson '21 led Amherst with 18 points and five rebounds, though Bobby Casey of Williams led all scorers with 29 points, including 5 three-pointers.
CJ Bachmann '19 turned in a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds to help the Mammoths win the rebounding battle 44-33. Also off the Amherst bench, Garett Day '21 poured in 14 points, including 2-5 from three-point range, where Amherst struggled as a team (4-20).
Fru Che '21 added 15 points for Amherst, making a team-high seven field goals.
After trailing by seven early in the game, the Mammoths battled back to tie the game at 28-28 with just under 5 minutes left in the first half.
Casey caught fire late and scored 10 of the Ephs last 12 points in the half. The Ephs outscored the Mammoths 12-7 in the final five minutes of the half, leading to a 40-35 lead at the break.
Casey, James Heskett, and Kyle Scadlock led the Ephs in scoring with10 points apiece in the first twenty minutes of action. Day led the Mammoths in scoring with 7 points, and Bachmann was working his way to a double-double with 6 points and eight rebounds.
After Amherst's run to take the lead, the Ephs would chip away, eventually bringing the game to within two scores with 35 seconds left in the game. Robinson and Day made the last five free-throws to seal the victory for Amherst.
The Ephs finished the game shooting 40.9% from the field and knocked down 9 of 25 attempts from deep. Scadlock finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Amherst will play another big conference game tomorrow at 3:00 PM, heading to Vermont for a meeting with Middlebury.