Amherst Squeaks by Brandeis, 80-77

WALTHAM, Massachusetts -- Junior guard Chris Ingraham (Tuscon, AZ0 hit a short jumper with 27.4 seconds left in the game to break a tie and give Amherst College the lead for good in an 80-77 win at Brandeis University.

With the game knotted at 76, Ingraham swished his shot before senior center Isaac Klein followed for Brandeis with a free throw that cut the lead to one, 78-77, with 14.6 seconds left. Junior guard Mark MacLeod (Philadelphia, PA) then hit a pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left to give Amherst the three-point win.

Amherst led at the half, 39-31. Ingraham had nine points for the Lord Jeffs and senior center Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield< MA) chipped in with six. Klein and senior forward Matt Landry each had eight points for the Judges.

A three-point field goal by Ingraham put Amherst ahead, 54-49 at the 11:27 mark. Brandeis then used a 9-2 run to take a 58-56 lead on a Landy basket with 9:34 left. Amherst battled back and led by two, 62-60, on a Skorupski basket with just over eight minutes left.

Brandeis then used an 8-2 spurt capped off by a hoop by sophomore guard Josh Mahan to put the Judges up by five, 69-64, with just under five minutes to go. Amherst responded with eight straight points, four by sophomore guard Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA), to go ahead 72-69 on a putback by Ingraham off an offensive rebound.

After Amherst went ahead by four, junior guard Jeff Adams hit a three-point field goal that cut the lead to one, 74-73, with 1:44 left. Senior forward John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) hit a hoop for Amherst and then Adams converted a baseline drive for a conventional three-point play to knot the game at 76 to set the stage for Ingraham.

Ingraham finished with a game-high 22 points, inclduing four of six three-pointers, and he also added six rebounds. Pavelski contributed 14 points and Skorupski chipped in with ten points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Landry led Brandeis with 17 points, hitting seven of 11 from the floor and pulling down a game-high 11 boards. Klein and Adams each finished with 14 points and Klein added eight rebounds.

Amherst (17-2)		39	41 -- 80
Brandeis (4-17)		31	46 -- 77
Amherst (80) Rowand 1-4 2-2 5, MacLeod 1-3 4-4 6, Mulvey 2-10 0-0 5, Daoust 1-2 4-4 6, Quattlebaum 3-6 2-4 8, Ingraham 9-16 0-2 22, Skorupski 3-10 4-5 10, Anish 2-2 0-0 4, Pavelski 6-14 0-1 14.

Brandeis (77) Green 1-1 6-7 8, Mahan 4-7 1-1 9, Fiddner 1-5 2-2 4, Corliss 0-1 0-0 0, Freeman 2-3 0-0 4, Adams 6-15 1-1 14, Bassett 303 1-2 7, Landry 7-11 3-4 17, Klein 6-15 2-3 14.

3-point field goals - A 8-23 (Ingraham 4, Pavelski 2, Rowand, Mulvey), B 1-9 (Adams). Fouled out - Mahan, Freeman. Rebounds - A 35 (Skorupski 8), B 44 (Landry 11). Assists - A 19 (Rowand, MacLeod 4), B 12 (Adams 3). Total fouls - A 17, B 18. Technicals - None.

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Taken from a Brandeis University press release