Lord Jeffs Stay Perfect with 99-49 Win Over Emmanuel
Junior Glenn Wong played well
for Amherst and provided a
presence on defense.
AMHERST, MA – The top-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team put its perfect record on the line this evening when the Lord Jeffs welcomed Emmanuel College to LeFrak Gymnasium for a non-conference tilt. Amherst picked up another impressive victory 99-49 to remain undefeated.
Riding five early points from senior forward Adolphe Coulibaly (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Amherst quickly pushed out to a 7-0 lead through three minutes of play, before the Saints’ Levi Smith knocked down a free throw to put Emmanuel on the board.
Amherst pushed its lead to fifteen points at 18-3 with 13:16 left in the first half on a steal from Coulibaly in the Emmanuel back court. Coulibaly took to the air for a breakaway dunk to bring the Lord Jeff fans to their feet.
Sophomore Steve Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) got into the scoring mix around the ten minute mark with a three pointer from the left wing. Senior captain Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) played just nine minutes before handing the point over to first-year Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT). The rookie impressed fans with more than a few no-look passes which ended up as assists in six minutes of first-half action.
Senior center Brandon Jones (Hopatcong, NJ) swelled the lead to 20 points on a nice alley-oop put-back after an Amherst missed free throw. Jones continued to work hard in the first half, and went to the bench with a game-high 14 points two minutes before the half.
Junior guard Glenn Wong (Leverett, MA) drew the praise of the entire Amherst coaching staff when he took a pair of hard charges and knocked down two threes. The Jeffs headed to the locker room with a 51-21 lead.
Amherst senior Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY) picked up his second assist of the game early in the second half a beautiful give-and-go to Olson for a lay-in. On the next possession, Hopkins converted a circus hook shot and was fouled in the act, to bring his game total to 11 points.
Senior Brandon Jones led both
teams with 22 points.
Jones showed off his range midway through the second half, when he backed up behind the arc and buried a three-pointer to grow his total to a game-high 22 before heading to the bench.
Junior Mike Holsey (Potomac, MD) showed off his athleticism late in the game with a trio of acrobatic lay-ins, and a great block hustling back on a Saint breakaway. First-year Reggie Fugett (Baltimore, MD) picked up his first collegiate appearance for the Lord Jeffs in the late minutes, dishing out an assist.
With two minutes remaining in the game, junior Marcus Bradley (Latham, NY) assisted on an alley-oop to classmate Holsey, before classmate Ben Kaplan (Glencoe, IL) picked up five consecutive points for the Amherst.
First-year Billy Butler (Brooklyn, NY) scored his first collegiate points this evening as well on a pair of free throws to close out the Amherst scoring at 99 points. Jones paced the Jeffs with his 22, while Rob Williams-Hinton led all Saints players with 21 points.
Amherst improved to 3-0 with the 99-49 win, while Emmanuel dropped to 0-4. The Jeffs return to action on Friday evening at Springfield College when they face Westfield State at 5:30 p.m.