WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State University senior forward Jauch Green, Jr. scored on a drive with 3.7 seconds left to lift the Owls to a 68-67 victory over #3 Amherst in non-conference action at the Woodward Center on Tuesday night.
Just a day after moving up one spot in the D3Hoops.com national poll, Amherst (3-1) suffered their first loss of the year while Westfield State (4-3) celebrated the 300th victory of Head Coach Rich Sutter.
After trailing by two points, 35-33, at the half, Amherst led by as many as 10 in the second half, claiming a 52-42 lead on junior Tim McCarthy's 3-pointer with 12:05 left in regulation.
Westfield gradually whittled the lead back down with a series of drives to the hoop. The Owls grabbed a 61-60 lead on Vawn Lord's coast-to-coast drive off a defensive rebound, then the Owls went up 66-62 when Green netted a seemingly impossible turnaround three-pointer from the deep left corner with 45 seconds left to play.
Undaunted, Amherst recovered with two free throws from Grant Robinson '21 on the next possession, then after an Owls turnover at midcourt, Fru Che '21 drained a three pointer with 17.8 seconds left in regulation.
After an Amherst time out, Green drove the left side of the lane and hung in the air while getting off a contested layup that connected with 3.7 seconds left.
Eric Sellew '20 launched a three-point try at the buzzer that came up short of the rim as Green secured the rebound to clinch the Owls victory.
Robinson led Amherst with 17 points, Josh Chery '20 added 11. Sellew, who came in averaging 14 ppg. was held to just six after being saddled with two early fouls, though he led the team with three assists.
Michael Schretter '22 had seven points and eight rebounds, as well as two blocks off of the Amherst bench.
Lord led the Owls with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Green added 17, including 13 in the decisive second half. Joseph Meade netted 14, 11 in the first half, wth seven rebounds and four blocked shots, and senior guard Moody Bey played a solid all-around game with 10 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
The two teams both shot 25-65 (38.5 percent from the floor). Amherst connected on 12 of 27 three pointers in the game, while the Owls were just 2-13, but Westfield made up the difference at the foul line with, making 16 of 25 attempts, compared to just 5-8 for the Mammoths.
Amherst looks to bounce back with two road games in early December. They will first travel to Babson on December 4th for a 7:00 PM contest against the Beavers.