Five Jeffs Hit Double-Digits in 104-77 Win Over Lasell

Senior Glenn Wong was perfect from the field
in the win, scoring a career-high 16 points.

AMHERST, MA – The 10th-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team played host to Lasell College this evening at LeFrak Gymnasium in non-conference play. The Lord Jeffs emerged with a 104-77 win to improve to 4-0 on the year, while Lasell drops to 2-3.

The Lancers defeated perennial regional power Brandeis University in their season opener, and despite arriving at campus with just a 2-2 record provide the Lord Jeffs with a tough early season matchup.

Amherst wasted no time getting to work with first-year David Waller (Tampa, FL) knocking down a three pointer. Lasell responded back on the next possession with a three of its own. Amherst knocked down three straight mid-range jumpers to take a 9-5 lead, before Brad Caravoulias answered inside for the Lazers.

With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Amherst opened up a 19-10 lead on a nice reverse lay-up by senior co-captain Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) off a feed from sophomore Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT). Baskauskas found a streaking Waller on the break to put Amherst up 26-15 with 13:53 to play in the half, forcing Lasell to use a timeout.

After another Waller score, Caravoulias and Amherst’s Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) traded triples. Lasell senior Kevin Fallon came off the bench to give the Lazers a spark with a pair of consecutive scores, cutting the Amherst advantage to 31-24.

With 8:24 to play, Lasell stole the ball in the Amherst back court after its own score and hit a three to cut the lead to 33-31. Amherst responded with consecutive deep jumpers from first-year Taylor Barrise (Allendale, NJ) and Baskauskas. With 6:59 to go in the first half, Amherst clung to a 39-36 advantage.

Lasell’s Jose Guitian knocked down a three from the left wing with 4:41 remaining, bringing his total to 14 points in the half, and closing the gap to four points at 48-44. After a pair of free throws from Lasell closed the gap to two points, Amherst senior Glenn Wong (Leverett, MA) hit a big three pointer.

First-year Jeff Holmes (Pawtucket, RI) corralled an offensive rebound and scored the final bucket of the first half to give Amherst a 57-52 lead. Guitian and Baskauskas led their respective teams with 16 points apiece, while Caravoulias had 14 for Lasell and Wheeler had 11 for Amherst.

Both teams started the second half slowly, and with 15:30 to play in the frame Amherst held a 65-56 lead, with Caravoulis heading to the line to shoot free throws. After a nice Meehan drive, senior co-captain Mike Holsey (Potomac, MD) stole the Lasell inbound and scored to put Amherst up 69-58.

Wheeler nailed his fifth three of the game with just under 11 minutes to play, putting the Lord Jeffs up 74-61. Wheeler found Wong on the left wing for a pull-up jumper, before Meehan took a steal all the way to the basket for a lay-in to increase the Amherst lead to 78-65.

Guitian finished a nice left-handed hook shot in the paint for Lasell, before Wheeler drilled his sixth triple of the night. Wong got back into the action on the next Amherst possession hitting another three from the left wing.

Wong added another triple, before Meehan made a three-point play the hard way to put the Jeffs up 94-71. On the next possession, Wong hit his fourth triple in as many tries to put Amherst up 97-73, riding a 40-21 second-half edge with three minutes to play.

In a game that saw the Lord Jeffs hold just a five point half-time lead, Amherst turned up the second half pressure for an impressive 104-77 win. Guitian finished with a game-high 28 points leading Lasell in the effort. Baskauskas paced five Lord Jeffs in double-figures with 21 points, while Wheeler was close behind with 20 points. Wong finished the game a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc for a career-high 16 points. Meehan set a career high with 14 points while dishing out seven assists as well.

Amherst heads to the Pioneer Valley Classic with a perfect 4-0 record, and will face Western New England College on Friday evening at Westfield State for a 6 p.m. tip.