David Hixon earned his 300th career win as the head coach of the men's basketball team with a 125-47 win over Johnson & Wales. Hixon is the first basketball coach to hit the 300-win mark and was honored after the game as the winningest basketball coach in Amherst history. He is a 1975 graduate of Amherst and a former scholar-athlete.
The Jeffs jumped out to an early 9-0 lead just 1:35 into the game to take a 61-17 lead at halftime. It took Johnson & Wales almost six minutes to sink their first shot in the first half, but spreading the floor and passing around the perimeter allowed them to score on successive trips down the court in the second.
Jamal Wilson continued his scoring frenzy after becoming only the 11th player in Amherst history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in his last game. The senior co-captain's 28 points puts Wilson just three away from breaking into the top-10 Lord Jeff scoring leaders. Juniors Billy Skorupski and John Pavelski both contributed 12 toward the Jeffs record-breaking 125 points. Previously, the most number of points scored by the Amherst men was 120 against Westfield State last December. The Jeffs face the Owls on Thursday in Amherst and have won five straight games.
The Griffins were led by sophomore forward Anthony Williams with 13 points, and fellow sophomore Chris Bryant with 12 rebounds. They fall to 2-8 on the season.
Johnson & Wales (2-8) 17 30 -- 47
Amherst (5-1) 61 64 ‹ 125