Mike Salerno '07
Senior quad-captain Mike Salerno scored a career-high 12 points in the win.

Jeffs Top Babson for 10th Win

By Justin Long

January 4, 2007

AMHERST, MA – Four members of the Amherst College men’s basketball team scored in double figures to lead the Lord Jeffs to an 89-70 victory over visiting Babson College. Senior quad-captain Mike Salerno (Shrewsbury, MA) finished with a career-high 12 points, hitting all three of his field goal attempts and all four of his free throw attempts.

Amherst’s offense struggled out of the gate, due in large part to a tenacious Babson zone defense, as the Beavers jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the opening five minutes. The Jeffs were able to shake off a sloppy start and connect for three-pointers on consecutive trips down the court. After a turnover on their next possession, the Jeffs got right back to work and connected for three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to bring their lead to 19-13.

Amherst jumped out to a 14-point lead with just under four minutes remaining in the half when senior quad-captain Tim McLaughlin (Chatham, NJ) knocked down a three-pointer, but the Beavers were able to close out the half on a 7-1 run to cut the Jeffs' lead to nine points.

Just two minutes into the second half, Brian Parsons cut the Beavers’ deficit to six points, but Amherst once again went on a tear. Over the next three minutes, McLaughlin took control and scored the next nine points of the game, giving Amherst a 56-41 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the half. Babson would not lose control of the game, however, as the Beavers went on a 7-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to eight points.

With 8:30 remaining in regulation and the Jeffs leading 70-56, Amherst went on its final big run of the game, outscoring the Beavers 12-0 during the next four minutes of play, with six of those points coming from Salerno. The teams traded buckets to close out the game, as Amherst picked up its tenth consecutive victory of the season.

Junior forward Brandon Jones (Hopatcong, NJ) finished with 10 points for Amherst, which was also a career high. Junior Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) added 13 points, knocking down three three-pointers during Amherst’s first scoring spree of the game, while McLaughlin finished with a team-high 16 points.

Sophomore Zach Etten led Babson (6-5) with 16 points to equal his season average, adding six rebounds on the night.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday for a non-conference match-up with Little Three rival Williams College. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Williamstown, Mass.