AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's basketball team held visiting Elmira College to the lowest scoring output of any opponent since 2012 and advanced to the championship game of the 2019 Ken Wright '52 Invitational tournament with an 89-33 win in their home opener at LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Amherst (2-0) led 42-14 at halftime, on their way to their best defensive scoring performance since January 28th of 2012 when they defeated Trinity 61-30.
Garrett Day '21 led all players with 16 points off the bench for Amherst, who advanced to the tournament's championship game on Saturday at 2:00 PM. The Mammoths will play the winner of Fitchburg State and Thomas, while the loser will matchup with Elmira (0-3) at 1:00 PM.
Day was 6-9 from the field and 4-6 from behind the three-point line in the win, in which Amherst dominated on the glass, 52-34, led by a game-highs of nine rebounds from both Michael Schretter '22 and Tim McCarthy '21.
Rashaad Nurse led Elmira with nine points on 4-9 from the floor, but the Eagles made just 13 of their 57 attempts and did not hit from three-point range until late in the second half (1-12), snapping a streak of nearly two full games without Amherst allowing a triple to be made against them.
Amherst held the Eagles scoreless for more than six and a half minutes in the opening period, building their lead to 28-6 with a 16-0 run.
Fru Che '21 hit a three-pointer to kick off proceedings and Amherst led from wire to wire, with Che (25 points, two blocks) and Eric Sellew '20 (10 points, seven rebounds) both ending up in double-figures for the night.
Josh Chery '20 filled the stat sheet for the Mammoths with seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and four assists. Grant Robinson '21 also had four dimes and two thefts, along with five points and six rebounds.
The sixteen-point run began with a three pointer by Day and ended with one by Chery at the 8:15 mark of the period.
With eight steals, Amherst had an 18-2 edge in fast break points, while the bench battle also went to Amherst, 49-9.
The Mammoths shot 47.9% from the floor and 50% from behind the three-point line, hitting 14 triples in the win. Seven different Mammoths hit three-pointers, including Che (3-3) and Tommy Mobley '20, who was 3-5 en route to his nine-point night.
Brendan Hyde scored six points for Elmira, while also grabbing five rebounds. Mason Weir made the lone three-pointer in a four-point effort, while Quintel Clements grabbed a team-high six rebounds off the bench.