Amherst Takes Down Curry 87-69 on the Road

David Waller scored a career-high 20 points in the
win at Curry College this evening.

MILTON, MA – The 20th-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team used a 23-6 first-half scoring run to blow open a non-conference road game at Curry College this evening. The run ultimately sent the Lord Jeffs into halftime leading 52-33 en route to an 87-69 win. With the result, Amherst improved to 11-3 on the year, while the Colonels dropped to 7-8 overall.

The Colonels hung with the Lord Jeffs for nearly five minutes of the first half, and after a Mark Mastrullo score from inside with 15:13 to play, trailed just 12-10. Over the next seven minutes of game play, Amherst’s one-two punch of Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) and David Waller (Tampa, FL) took over.  By the 7:58 mark, Amherst had blown the game open to take a 35-16 lead.

Wheeler and Waller combined for six three pointers and 28 points in the first half. During the crucial scoring run, Wheeler hit from behind the arc on three of four consecutive Amherst possessions, before Waller threw down a dunk on the next Lord Jeff trip.

Midway through the second half, Amherst’s lead sat at 21 points, but the Colonels responded with a 9-0 run to close the gap to 71-59 with 7:30 remaining in the second half. Following the comeback effort, neither team scored for two minutes until Jeff Holmes (Saunderstown, RI) dropped in a layup for Amherst.  With the Holmes basket, Curry never got any closer.

The Lord Jeffs scored the final eight points of the game to stretch their lead back to 87-69 before the final whistle blew. At the end of the night, Waller led four Amherst players in double-digits with a game- and career-high 20 points, also matching his career high of nine rebounds. Wheeler added 19 points and a career-high three blocks, while Holmes had a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. Junior tri-captain Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) finished with 10 points, six rebounds and nine assists in an impressive performance. Curry placed three players in double-figures, and was led by Jarrell Jackson’s 19 points and Philippe Jourdain’s 16 points.

Amherst will play just once this weekend in a crucial NESCAC tilt against Trinity College on the road. Tip-off in Hartford, Conn. is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday.