Men's Basketball Topples Trinity, 65-48; Baskauskas Scores 1,000th Career Point

From a Trinity College release

Basko 1,000
Head coach David Hixon '75 presented Brian Baskauskas with
a gameball after scoring his 1,000th career point.
HARTFORD, CT – Amherst College senior co-captain Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) became the 23rd player in Lord Jeff history to score 1,000 points in his career, as early three-pointer during a 65-48 win at Trinity put him over the plateau. The Lord Jeffs improved to 14-2 with the win, and remain unbeaten in NESCAC play at 3-0. Baskauskas scored 13 points in the win to move to 1,011 in his career, while grabbing nine rebounds.

Junior forward Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, Minn.) scored a game-high 19 points, making three out of five shots from three-point range, and added five rebounds to lead the visiting Lord Jeffs over the Bantams at Oosting Gymnasium.  The Bantams fall to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC with the loss.

Trinity held a 25-20 lead with just under three minutes left before the break on a three-point shot by senior co-captain forward Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland), but Wheeler answered with his first trey of the game and Lord Jeff sophomore guard Conor Meehan (Meriden, Conn.) drove the length of the floor for a lay-up as time expired to tie the score at 25-25.  With the game tied at 33-33 early in the second half, Amherst used a 16-2 run to take a 49-35 lead at the 8:20 mark.  The Bantams pulled to within single digits at 51-42 on back-to-back baskets by sophomore guard Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) with just under six minutes left to play, but Amherst scored the next six points to put the game out of reach. 

Trinity shot just 24.6 percent from the field and lost the battle on the boards, 47-32, but stayed in the game by forcing 20 Amherst turnovers.  Trinity co-captain Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a team-high 14 points, while sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.   Meehan notched 16 points and six rebounds for Amherst in the effort.

Baskauskas and the Jeffs will play their next six games on the road before returning back to LeFrak Gymnasium for the final weekend of NESCAC play. Amherst will face WNEC on the road in non-conference play on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

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