BRUNSWICK, Maine – Outscoring the Polar Bears 49-30 in the opening half, five Mammoths reached double-figures on Friday night as Amherst College men's basketball topped Bowdoin, 91-80, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at Morrell Gymnasium
Recording their fourth road-win and fifth NESCAC victory, Amherst improves to 15-6 and 5-2 in conference while the Polar Bears drop to 7-14 and mark their sixth league loss (2-6).
Capturing his fourth 20+ point game this season, Garratt Day '21 led all scorers with a game-high 25 points as Fru Che '21 added 16 points, four rebounds and one blocked shot. Tim McCarthy '21 and Josh Chery '20 managed seven rebounds, respectively, with Chery adding 12 points on 4-5 from the field.
Shooting a perfect 4-4 from the line and 4-7 from the field, Grant Robinson '21 scored 13 points off the bench and dished out three dimes, while Sam Grad led Bowdoin with a team-high 18 points on 7-12 shooting and 4-4 from the charity stripe.
Amherst jumped out to an early 7-0, sparked by a Day three-pointer before Bowdoin rolled off an 8-3 surge to come within two points on a Taiga Kagitomi layin (10-8).
Responding with an 11-3 run, a running lay-in by Robinson pushed the lead to double figures (21-11) and continued to grow as they shot 55% from the field, extending their advantage to 19 points at the break (49-30).
At the half, Day led with 11 points with three coming from beyond the arc, while Robinson matched Day with 11 off the bench on 4-6 shooting. Amherst was 41.7% from deep and 55.6% from the field, while Gad was 5-of-8 with 10 points as the Polar Bears were set at a 38.2% field-goal percentage.
Off a jump shot from McCarthy, Amherst extended its lead to 21 points, but Bowdoin began chipping away and went on a 13-2 run to draw within ten points following a pair of free throws from Drew Gagnon with 13:32 to go.
With score set at 61-51 in favor of the Mammoths, both teams went quiet for a three-minute stretch before Amherst pulled away with a 12-2 run over the course of the next four minutes to create the decisive separation en route to their 15th win on the season
Amherst finished the game shooting 50% from the field and 38.5% from three as they led the entirety of the game and tallied nine more assists than the Polar Bears (17-8). Amherst reeled in 19 points off turnovers and 12 second chance points, while also winning the bench battle with 23 points to Bowdoin's 18.
The Polar Bears shot 44.8% from the floor and 78.9% from the free-throw line, outrebounding the Mammoths' 38-36.
Amherst continues their two-game road stint as they travel to Waterville, Maine tomorrow (Feb. 8th) to take on No. 9 Colby at 3:00 p.m. Bowdoin returns to their home court to face Hamilton tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.