Men's Basketball Drops to Amherst in NESCAC Semifinals

Senior Bryan Hurley had 12 points and six assists vs. Amherst
Senior Bryan Hurley had 12 points and six assists vs. Amherst

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Amherst College men's basketball team got 42 points from its bench en route to a 76-56 win over Bowdoin in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday at Trinity.

The Polar Bears fall to 18-8 and will hold out hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when pairings are announced Monday. Amherst advances to the NESCAC championship game on Saturday against Wesleyan.

Lucas Hausman put a team-high 21 points for the Polar Bears in the loss while John Swords had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Bryan Hurley had 12 points and six assists for Bowdoin.

Amherst knocked down 10 three-pointers in the game and were paced by a pair of reserves - Jayde Dawson (21 points) and Jeff Racy (16 points). The Jeffs reserves outscored Bowdoin's bench 42-0 in the contest.

Bowdoin had a 14-13 lead following a Swords lay-up midway through the opening period, but Amherst with a 16-2 run, capped by a Dawson three-pointer to take a 29-16 lead late in the half. Amherst carried a 38-24 into the break and the teams traded buckets for the opening minutes of the second half. But a late Jeffs run pushed the lead to as many as 26 points as Amherst closed out the win.

The Polar Bears actually shot better than the Jeffs (42%-41%) but were only 3-14 from three-point range and 5-8 from the free throw line. Amherst netted 10-25 from long range and connected on 18-24 from the charity stripe.