Amherst Pulls Away in Second Half To Down Men's Basketball

Matt Palecki scored 14 points, including a big three-pointer to spark Bowdoin's second-half run
Matt Palecki scored 14 points, including a big three-pointer to spark Bowdoin's second-half run

AMHERST, Mass. – Connor Green recorded a double-double with a season-high 33 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to an 81-66 win over Bowdoin Saturday afternoon in LeFrak Gymnasium.

Back-to-back home wins have lifted the Jeffs to a 14-5 overall record and 4-3 NESCAC mark. After suffering a 67-66 overtime loss to Trinity last night, followed by today's defeat, the Polar Bears have fallen to 13-6 on the year and 4-3 in conference play.

For the second night in a row, Green was hot from downtown. The junior hit his first three shots from behind-the-arc and finished with seven treys on 12 attempts. He was also 12-of-18 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe.

The Polar Bears were led by Lucas Hausman, who posted a team-high 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, while John Swords and Matt Palecki finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Palecki also grabbed eight rebounds and Swords pulled in seven. Bryan Hurley dished out a team-high four assists.

Green opened the scoring with a three-pointer on a pass from Berman. However, back-to-back baskets from the Polar Bears gave the visitor's a 4-3 lead early on as the teams went back and forth in the opening minutes.

After a three-pointer by Palecki at the 10:03 mark cut the Polar Bears' deficit to one, 23-22, Amherst scored 12 unanswered over the next 3:38 to pull ahead by 13.  Despite the run, the visitors held Amherst scoreless the final 6:25 of the half as they scored 10 straight points to answer with a run of their own. A lay-up by Hausman with 1:04 to play before the break cut the deficit to three as the home team took a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Amherst took control in the second period, quickly extending their lead to 13 points. The Jeffs held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half and took their largest lead of the game with 11 seconds to play in regulation as they went up by 17.

Overall, Amherst shot 29-of-58 (50.0%) from the floor and 13-of-33 (39.4%) from three-point range, while hitting just 10-of-23 (43.5%) from the line. It was the second consecutive game the Jeffs hit 13 three-pointers as a team. The visitors went 27-of-64 (42.2%) from the floor, just 2-of-15 (13.3%) from downtown, and 10-of-18 (55.6%) from the charity stripe.

Bowdoin returns to action on Tuesday night at Plymouth State (7:00 p.m.).