Springfield, Mass. - December 11, 2018 - The Springfield College men's basketball team had their second-half rally come up short as they were defeated by visiting Amherst College, 76-67, on Tuesday night in a non-conference battle in Blake Arena.
Amherst, which was among teams receiving votes in the latest D3hoops.com National Poll, improved to 7-1, while the loss dropped the Pride's record to 2-6.
Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) carried the offensive load for Springfield, pouring in 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) contributed 18 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Springfield was outscored 40-26 in the paint and outrebounded, 48-30, in the contest.
For Amherst, Eric Sellew (Carlisle, Mass.) put together a solid all-around showing, totaling 17 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, to pace the visitors. Grant Robinson (McLean, Va.) added 12 points and seven rebounds of his own, while Fru Che (Somerville, Mass.) chipped in 12 points and Joseph Schneider (Longmeadow, Mass.) was credited with 10 points and seven caroms.
The visitors jumped ou to a 19-8 lead following a Robinson finish in the lane at the 12:59 mark, but Springfield would respond with a 7-3 push as Earle cashed in on a triple from the left wing to make it a 22-15 game with 11:32 to play. However, over the next three-plus minutes, the Mammoths erupted for an 18-5 surge as they went 7-of-9 from the field, highlighted by a pair of triples from Garrett Day (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Springfield would get as close as 16 following a three-pointer by Deonte Sandifer (Pittsfield, Mass.) with 3:07 on the clock and Amherst would take a 45-27 lead into the break.
Earle drilled a straightaway triple at the 12:30 mark of the second half to make it a 51-38 game in favor of Amherst, but the visitors would score seven of the game's next nine points to regain an 18-point cushion following another inside finish by Sellew. However, Springfield would not go away quietly, using an 8-1 surge capped off by a tough inside score by Ross to pull the hosts within 66-57 as the Mammoths burned a timeout with 6:09 on the clock. After Amherst built their lead back to 11 with 5:02 left, five-straight points from Ross made it ust a six-point game with 1:44 on the clock. Amherst would benefit from a elbow jumper by Robinson the next time down the court to kickstart a 6-2 burst, a run in which Robinson scored all his team's points, as the Mammoths held on for the 76-67 victory.
Springfield will play again on Saturday when it hosts Westfield State at 3 pm.