Lord Jeffs Pick Up 85-63 Win Over Wesleyan University

 Junior Brian Baskauskas scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

AMHERST, MA – The third-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team picked up an impressive 85-63 win this evening at home over visiting NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University. The Lord Jeffs topped the Cardinals in a non-conference match riding a combined 64 points from seniors Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) and Fletcher Walters (Ann Arbor, MI) and junior Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA).

The Lord Jeffs never trailed the Cardinals this evening, as they ran out to an early 11-6 lead on a dunk by Walters at the 15:50 mark of the first half. Another lay-up from the senior swingman pushed the lead into double-digits for the first time just over eight minutes into the game.

Amherst was able to build up a lead as large as 13 during the first half, but Wesleyan would not go away easily. The Cardinals went on a 6-0 run to close the half on a hot note after a missed three pointer by Amherst junior Glenn Wong (Leverett, MA). A trio of Wesleyan lay-ups in a one-minute span cut the deficit in half to 40-34 at the break.

Walters led all players with 15 points in the first half, as the Lord Jeffs shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, and a scorching 5-for-10 from three-point range. Amherst went on a trademark run to start the second half, and in a six-minute spurt outscored the Cardinals 17-4.

From the 12:46 mark forward, there was less than two minutes when the Lord Jeffs did not hold at least a 20-point lead over their longtime rivals. Amherst rode a wave of streaky shooting from its big three on the night, with Olson, Baskaukas and Walters combining to shoot 23-of-28 from the floor, and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.

Each player finished the night with 20 or more points, with Olson finishing right at the mark and Baskauskas and Walters landing on 22 points. Olson dished out a game-high eight assists, an amount nearly triple that of the entire opposing team. Baskauskas grabbed seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end, and snagged three steals.

Wesleyan was paced by Nick Pelletier who scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Lord Jeffs closed out the game 85-63 to improve to 9-2 on the year, while Wesleyan falls to 6-7. Amherst returns to action Saturday afternoon in the second end of a doubleheader with Williams College at 4 p.m.