Amherst Moves to 4-0 in NESCAC with Win at Bowdoin

First-year David Waller had seven points, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
Courtesy of Bowdoin College Sports Information

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Amherst College men’s basketball team shot 51.8 percent from the field en route to a 73-52 victory over Bowdoin College in NESCAC play Friday night at Morrell Gymnasium. The Lord Jeffs improve to 16-2 (4-0 NESCAC), while the Polar Bears fall to 11-6 (1-3 NESCAC).

The visitors carried a 10-point lead into intermission, 36-26, thanks to six first-half three-pointers and just one turnover. Senior co-captain Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA), who would finish with a game-high 19 points, tallied a dozen in the opening stanza to give the Jeffs the advantage at the break. Baskauskas moved into 19th place on Amherst’s all-time scoring list (1,048 points).

Amherst extended its lead to 15 points early in the second period when junior Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) hit a three-pointer to give the Jeffs a 41-26 lead. Bowdoin would chip away at the lead over the next 10 minutes, drawing to within seven points, 53-46, on a Will Hanley lay-in with 10 minutes remaining.

Bowdoin could get no closer, however, as the Jeffs ripped off a 13-0 surge over the next six minutes to seal the game. When senior co-captain Mike Holsey (Potomac, MD) buried a lay-up with 3:09 left to cap the run, Amherst had an insurmountable 66-46 advantage.

Baskauskas had five rebounds and four assists to go with his game-high point total. The Jeffs also got 10 points each from sophomore Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) and Jeff Holmes (Saunderstown, RI). First-year David Waller (Tampa, FL) added seven points, five rebounds and four assists in a solid all-around effort. Amherst’s bench totaled 28 points on the evening.

Bowdoin was led by 18 points from Mark Phillips and a dozen from Will Hanley off the bench. The hosts struggled from outside, connecting on only four of 16 points from long distance.