Men’s Basketball Downed by No. 24 Amherst

Ryan Omslaer

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped a NESCAC matchup to No. 24 Amherst by an 88-60 decision on Friday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

Even though the Mammoths led from wire-to-wire, Connecticut College was competitive through the first 10 minutes of the contest. The visitors started the game red hot offensively and were ahead by a 16-5 score offensively, but the Camels kept the margin within single digits and fought back. After C.J. Bachmann converted a layup to give the Mammoths a 20-12 advantage, the visitors rattled off eight unanswered to tie the score. Freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Jack Zimmerman sank back-to-back 3-pointers, and sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) made it a 20-20 contest at the 9:38 mark by sinking a jumper.

Amherst, however, got a trifecta from Garrett Day on the next possession to begin a 16-0 run over the next four minutes. Joseph Schneider drove in for two layups to keep the margin in twin figures during the final minutes of the half, and the visitors carried a 42-27 advantage into the recess.

The Mammoths maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half and used another big run to pull away. After Draffan made a layup on the Camels' first possession, Amherst scored 20 of the game's next 25 points and ballooned its lead to 28 at 62-34 when Grant Robinson stole the ball and finished at the other end. The margin grew to as many as 34 points when Bachmann drove in for a layup to put his team ahead by a 70-36 score with 11:19 left, and the Camels never came closer than 23 points the rest of the way.

Robinson scored a team-high 18 points by shooting 7-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-3 at the line for Amherst (12-1, NESCAC 2-0), which also had six players finish with eight, nine, or 10 points in the contest. Bachmann netted 10 off the bench and was one of six Mammoth players to grab a pair of rebounds. Schneider finished with eight points and seven boards, while Sellew added six points and five assists.

Zimmerman and Draffan paced Connecticut College in the setback. Zimmerman contributed 14 points and three steals, and Draffan added 11 points. Freshman Ryan Omslaer (Jackson, N.J.) pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.

Connecticut College (5-9, NESCAC 0-3) will play its fourth straight game against a nationally-ranked NESCAC opponent when it hosts No. 6 Hamilton tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.