Jeffs Cruise Past Vassar for Fifth Consecutive Win

Tri-captain DJ Carcieri '10 had four points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals against Vassar.

AMHERST, MA – The 18th-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team led from start to finish this evening in an 88-55 win over visiting Vassar College in non-conference action at LeFrak Gymnasium. The Lord Jeff lead grew as large as 37 points in the second half, as Amherst (13-3) increased its winning streak to five games. The loss—Vassar’s 14th straight— drops the Brewers to 2-14 on the year.

Amherst started the game with a 23-4 run that was capped by the play of the night. After a steal by senior tri-captain DJ Carcieri (Narragansett, RI), classmate Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) took an alley-oop feed from Carcieri in transition for a two-handed dunk. Wheeler was fouled on the play, and after knocking down the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play, had nine points by the 13:47 mark of the first half.

The Lord Jeffs ended the first half with a 51-24 lead thanks to solid shooting, great defense and a relentless rebounding effort. In the frame, Amherst shot 56 percent from behind the arc and 49 percent from the field. At the break, Amherst held a 27-13 advantage on the glass and had six steals with three blocks.

The second half was considerably more competitive, as Amherst out-scored the Brewers just 37-31 in the stanza. While the second half featured career highs in scoring from Amherst’s Tim Prowitt (Arlington, VA) and Roshard Bryant (Bronx, NY) with 10 and eight points, respectively, the Brewers were carried by Caleb McGraw. The 6'0 McGraw ended the night with a game-high 20 points and shot 50 percent from the field in the second half.

All 14 players who dressed for Amherst this evening scored, with Taylor Barrise's (Allendale, NJ) 14 points leading four players in double digits. Wheeler finished the night with 13 points, while Prowitt and first-year Allen Williamson (Saugas, MA) finished the night with 10 points apiece. Nick Justiz and John Donnelly each hit double figures for Vassar, adding 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Amherst will have just a few days to recover before heading to Bowdoin and Colby this weekend for a pair of tough NESCAC games. The Brewers will return home, where they will play seven of their final nine games, starting this weekend with Skidmore and Union.