Top-ranked Amherst beats Newbury; Illinois Wesleyan hits century mark
AMHERST, Mass. -- Connor Green scored a career-high 31 points as top-ranked Amherst cruised to a 99-65 win against Newbury on Friday night in the first game of the Ken Wright Invitational Tournament at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, the Jeffs claimed their second consecutive game to open the 2013-14 season, dropping Newbury to 0-3 overall on the year.
Jumping out to an early lead, Amherst opened the game on a 9-3 run, building a six-point cushion on a pair of Green free throws. Carrasco cut the deficit in half with a triple at 16:56. The Jeffs responded with a 10-2 stretch, going up 11 on a Green three-pointer inside of the 15-minute mark.
Up 25-15, Aaron Toomey connected from long distance before a couple of David George free throws extended the margin to 15. Still up 15 with less than seven minutes to go in the half, Green netted four consecutive points to give Amherst its largest lead of the period. Battling back, Newbury outscored the Purple & White 13-7 during the final 5:33 of the frame to trim the deficit to 13 at the intermission.
The second half was all Amherst as it opened up with a 15-2 run in three minutes to pull ahead by 26. The Jeffs rode the hot hand, feeding Green the rock as he hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give Amherst a 63-36 lead with 15:10 remaining in regulation.
They continued to pile on the points as Jeff Racy hit one from behind the arc at the 6:40 mark to give the Jeffs their largest lead of the game, 86-46.
Green shot 9 of 14 from the floor and 7 of 10 from 3-point range. He was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the line and dished out three assists. Joining him in double digits were George with 12 and Tom Killian adding 10. Ten different Jeffs factored into the team’s scoring as Toomey posted nine with a game-high six assists.
Eric Watson led the Nighthawks with 23 points and Milciades Carrasco and Christian Sheridan added 12 and 11, respectively.
No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan 106, Coe 62
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Seniors Andrew Ziemnik and Victor Davis each tallied more than 20 points to help No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan to a 106-62 victory against Coe on Friday at Eby Fieldhouse.
The Titans extend their record to 3-0, while the Kohawks are 1-1.
The top three scorers for IWU -- Ziemnik (23), Davis (22), and Bryce Dolan (12) -- each earned career-high points in their offense performances. Davis was 10-for-10 from the field to tie an IWU single-game record. The Titans outrebounded Coe 42-23.
No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.) 72, Spalding 47
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Fifth-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) improved to 3-1 on the season with a 72-47 victory against Spalding on Friday night at the Al Van Rie/Rotary Tournament hosted by the College of Wooster. The loss pushed the Golden Eagles to 0-4.
Wheaton shot 41.4 percent (24 of 58) from the field 30.8 percent (4 of 13) from beyond the arc. Wheaton was 20 of 29 from the free-throw line. The Golden Eagles shot 36.4 percent (20 of 55) from the field, 3 of 10 from the 3-point line and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.
After an early 4-3 deficit, Wheaton ran off a 10-0 run that gave the Thunder a 13-4 lead with 13:52 left in the first half. The Golden Eagles answered with a 22-9 run that gave Spalding its biggest lead of the night at 25-22. Wheaton finished the half on a 7-0 run to take a 29-25 lead into halftime.
Nate Haynes led the Thunder with a dominating 16-point, 17-rebound effort. Tyler Peters was 8 of 12 from the field in a 22-point performance and Brayden Teuscher added 15 points. Michael Berg pitched in with eight points and eight rebounds.