Men's basketball earns road win over 19th-ranked Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Colby College men's basketball team started a difficult weekend of play with the biggest win of the season after taking an 83-73 victory over 19th-ranked Amherst College on Friday night.
 
Colby improves to 14-5 overall and 2-3 in the NESCAC, while the Mammoths drop to 14-3 and 2-2 in the league.
 
"It was a great game and I'm proud of the way the guys battled together," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "I thought defensively we competed with great awareness and rose to the challenge of playing against a team with great size and length. A nice win against a really good team and program on the road." 
 
By the numbers
* The two teams combined for 56 fouls and 71 free-throw attempts. Colby was 33-for-41 from the line, while Amherst also shot well at 25-of-30.
 
* No team had managed more than 71 points against Amherst this season. However, the Mules hit half of their 20 field goals from 3-point range and added the 33 made free throws.
 
* Wallace Tucker and Sam Jefferson (pictured) both had 24 points and each player lived at the foul line. Jefferson was 12-of-14 on his free throws and Tucker went 9-for-13. Jefferson was 4-for-7 from 3-point range and Tucker had three assists.
 
* Matt Hanna was 7-of-8 from the foul line on the way to 16 points. Noah Tyson made five of his six free throws and had 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals. 
 
* Grant Robinson had a team-high 23 points for the Mammoths, including 13-for-13 from the foul line.
 
Game highlights
* The Mammoths took a 9-2 lead early on only to see Colby score eight straight to go up 10-9. 
 
* Amherst led 24-17 with 4:47 remaining to halftime. However, the Mules battled and only trailed 32-31 at intermission.
 
* Colby took the lead for good in the second half when Tucker hit two free throws to give his team a 39-38 lead with 17:45 remaining.
 
* With the Mules leading 57-54, Jefferson hit a 3-point shot and then answered with three free throws for a 63-56 lead after Amherst had scored. Alex Dorion nailed a 3-point shot with 6:20 remaining to put the Mules up by 10.
 
* Amherst got as close as four points at 71-67 with 3:50 remaining, but Colby used solid free throw shooting and had some key baskets to pull away.
 
Next up
* The Mules play at sixth-ranked Hamilton College at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Continentals took a 77-42 win against Bowdoin College on Friday.