Third-Ranked Lord Jeffs Roll Over Southern Vermont on the Road, 113-87
Sophomore Steve Wheeler scored a career-high 16 points
BENNINGTON, VT - The third-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team rolled over Southern Vermont College this evening on the road. The Lord Jeffs took a 113-87 victory with a team effort that saw six players score at least 12 points.
The Lord Jeffs ran away with the second game of the season between the two teams, and by the midway point of the first half, Amherst held a double-digit margin. At the end of the first half, Amherst led 57-43, due in part to 64.7% shooting from the field. Southern Vermont hung around and kept the game closer than it could have been, shooting over 50% overall for the game.
The Lord Jeffs used a 25-4 run early in the second half to pull away from the Mountaineers and never looked back. During the stretch, senior Fletcher Walters (Ann Arbor, MI) filled up the stat sheet as he grabbed two rebounds, dished out two assists, and added a block and a steal to go along with a jumper.
Amherst used a balanced attack to overwhelm the Mountaineers, with Walters leading the charge once again. Walters scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. Sophomore Steve Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) and first-year Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) each scored career-highs in the win, with Wheeler dropping 16 and Meehan adding a dozen. The two underclassmen combined to shoot 9-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-7 from three-point range.
Seniors Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY) and Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) added 13 and 14 points, respectively. Junior Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) got into the mix as well, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Amherst was able to out-gun Southern Vermont's superstar Nick Harrington, who scored a game-high 35 points and grabbed eight boards, seven of which came on the offensive end. Brendan Kordana scored 26 points for the Mountaineers as well.
Amherst improved to 14-2 overall with the win, while Southern Vermont drops to 5-12. The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday night at Middlebury College for a 7 p.m. game before travelling to Williams for the second doubleheader of the season with the Ephs. The women's teams kick off action in Williamstown at 2 p.m. before the 4 p.m. men's match-up.