January 29, 2011

Amherst Pulls Away From Bowdoin to Remain Unbeaten

AMHERST, Mass. - The sixth-ranked Amherst men's basketball team saw six players reach double figures in a 103-85 win over Bowdoin Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Taylor Barrise was the leader during Amherst's first-half barrage of three-pointers, as the Lord Jeffs (18-0, 5-0 NESCAC) went 10-of-15 from beyond the arc to take a 57-41 lead into the locker room. The visiting Polar Bears (12-5, 2-3) would never get closer than 14 in the second period.

Bowdoin's Will Hanley led all scorers with 26 on 10-of-20 shooting, adding 12 rebounds—six offensive—for a double-double. Hanley began the week averaging a double-double per game as the conference's leading scorer, and on Saturday he was joined by three teammates who finished with at least 13 points. Ryan O'Connell added 16 points for the visitors, while Justin Nowell and Andrew Madlinger each had 13.

The Jeffs put together an early 11-0 run and held a 17-6 lead thanks to two threes from Barrise and two more from David Waller. Bowdoin (16-of-33 FG) and Amherst (18-of-33 FG) had similar shooting performances in the opening half, but the hosts used their sharpshooting from long distance and an 11-of-12 performance from the line to build their 16-point cushion by the break. Justin Nowell scored Bowdoin's final five points of the half, closing out the period by converting a tough three-point play. Bowdoin cut its deficit to 14 on two occasions late in the half but could never get within striking distance despite shooting 48 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the line in the period.

The Jeffs' fifth 100-point performance of the season helped them tie the third longest winning streak in program history (18) and left them in a tie with Williams (19-1, 5-0) atop the NESCAC standings. The Lord Jeffs won the rebounding battle, 41-28, grabbing 17 offensive boards in the game.

Both teams will return to action Tuesday, Feb. 1, when Bowdoin hosts Thomas College and Amherst travels to take on Rhode Island College.

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