Green Drops 31, Jeffs Roll Past Newbury, 99-65
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Connor Green ’16 scored a career-high 31 points Friday night as the top-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team cruised to a 99-65 win over Newbury in the first game of the Ken Wright Invitational Tournament at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, the Jeffs claimed their second consecutive game to open the 2013-14 season, dropping Newbury to 0-3 overall on the year.
Jumping out to an early lead, Amherst opened the game on a 9-3 run; building a six-point cushion on a pair of Green free throws. Carrasco cut the deficit in half with a triple at 16:56. The Jeffs responded with a 10-2 stretch, going up 11 on a Green three-pointer inside of the 15-minute mark.
Up 25-15, Aaron Toomey ’14 connected from long distance before a couple of David George ’17 free throws extended the margin to 15. Still up 15 with under seven minutes to go in the half, Green netted four-straight points to give Amherst its largest lead of the period. Battling back, Newbury outscored the Purple & White 13-7 over the final 5:33 of the frame to trim the deficit to 13 at the intermission.
The second half was all Amherst as they opened up with a 15-2 run in three minutes to pull ahead by 26. The Jeffs rode the hot hand, feeding Green the rock as he hit three consecutive three-pointers to give Amherst a 63-36 lead with 15:10 remaining in regulation.
They continued to pile on the points as Jeff Racy ’17 hit one from downtown at the 6:40 mark to give the Jeffs their largest lead of the game, up 86-46.
Green scored his game and career-high 31 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and 7-of-10 from downtown. He was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the line and dished out three assists. Joining him in double digits were George with 12 and Tom Killian ’14 adding 10. Ten different Jeffs factored into the team’s scoring as Toomey posted nine with a game-high six assists.
Eric Watson ’14 led the Nighthawks with 23 points and Milciades Carrasco ’15 and Christian Sheridan ’15 added 12 and 11, respectively.
The Jeffs return to the court tomorrow and will play Nichols in the championship game of the Ken Wright Invitational at 3 p.m.