AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths came out on top in a battle of the NESCAC's top-two scoring defenses, as junior guard Garrett Day netted a career-high 29 points to headline the Mammoths' offense during a decisive 32-8 run and lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to a 75-54 victory over Little III foe Wesleyan University Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the victory, Amherst enters the final four games of the regular season with a 14-6 overall ledger and a 4-2 mark in league play, while Wesleyan drops to 13-6 overall (2-3 NESCAC).
Evenly matched through the first 15 minutes of play, the sides traded buckets to push the score to 30 all with 4:28 remaining in the first half before the Mammoths kicked it into gear to take an 11-point lead (43-32) into halftime.
Continuing to hold momentum out of the break, the Mammoths led by as many as 24 points at the end of their dominant 32-8 run over an 11-minute span – setting the score at 62-38 with 12:54 remaining.
Looking to claw back into contention down the stretch, the Cardinals knocked down 15 points over the next seven minutes to cut the Amherst lead to 13 (66-53), however that is as close as the visitors got as the Mammoths kept Wesleyan to just one-point in the final 5:53 to clinch the 75-54 victory.
Going 9-for-15 from the floor, including a stellar 7-for-12 from behind the arc, Day led all players with 29 points while adding two rebounds and four assists. Michael Schretter '22 also hit double-digits for the home team, adding 12 points to the board, three rebounds and four assists, while Devonn Allen '22 posted a game-high three steals.
Antone Walker was the Cardinals' leading point-getter with 15 to go along with a rebound, three assists and two steals in a solid all-around performance, while Jordan James added 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
Putting together an efficient shooting night, Amherst went 26-for-52 from the floor (50.0%), 15-for-27 (55.6%) from three-point range, and 8-for-10 (80%) from the charity stripe while outrebounding the Cardinals 38-27 and holding a 18-3 edge in second chance points.
The Mammoths return to the court next Friday, Feb. 7 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 7:00PM tip-off.