Hartford, CT - Senior tri-captain Jamal Wilson (East Orange, NJ) scored 24 second-half points (and 36 for the game) to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team (18-3), ranked #3 in the Northeast, to a 96-90 victory over Trinity College (10-10) tonight in Hartford.
Wilson shot 11 of 23 from the field, including 7 of 15 from three point land. As a result, Wilson became the career three-point field goal leader (172) in Amherst history, surpassing Jeff Schnack T89 (168).
Amherst used a 15-2 first-half run to take a 37-21 lead with 5:33 left as Billy Skorupski (N. Hatfield, MA) scored on a layup. Trinity came back to within six points, 41-35, when John Mulfinger (Franklin Lakes, NJ) hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the half. However, AmherstUs Mark MacLeod (Philadelphia, PA) swished a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Lord Jeffs up nine, 44-35 at the break.
In the second half, Trinity used a 10-0 run to cut the lead to one, 70-69, with 10:43 left, but Wilson scored four consecutive points to put Amherst up 74-69 with 9:30 left to go. Trinity, despite a great effort from Mulfinger (28 points), would get no closer than three points.
Junior John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) added 24 points for Amherst, including his 1,000 point of his career. Pavelski (1,010 points) became the 13th Amherst player to reach the 1,000 point milestone.
Amherst (18-3) 44 52 -- 96 Trinity (10-10) 35 55 -- 90