Amherst College (18-3) at Connecticut College (19-3)
|Amherst v. Conn College
1981-82 Amherst 65-61
1982-83 Conn College 73-64
1982-83 Amherst 70-56
1983-84 Conn College 70-62
1984-85 Conn College 70-50
1985-86 Amherst 72-57
1986-87 Amherst 82-77
1987-88 Amherst 83-68
1988-89 Amherst 83-58
1989-90 Amherst 83-61
1990-91 Amherst 74-71
1991-92 Amherst 95-70
1992-93 Amherst 72-69
1993-94 Amherst 87-47
1994-95 Amherst 82-73
1995-96 Amherst 107-82
1995-96 Amherst 73-59
1996-97 Amherst 87-85
Amherst leads series 15-3
Amherst men's basketball enters tonight's game with an 18-3 record, 6-3 in the NESCAC. The Jeffs are currently ranked No. 15 in the country in the latest Columbus Multimedia poll, No. 5 in the Northeast. In the same poll, Connecticut College is currently No. 6 in the Northeast. Both teams received votes in the February 18th balloting from the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches), as the Camels would rank 23rd, followed by the Jeffs at No. 24.
|Amherst-Conn College Quickfacts
Current Amherst record: 18-3|
Current Conn College record: 19-3
Amherst overall record: 843-638 (56.9%)
Record v. Conn College: 15-3
Last Meeting: Amherst 87-85
Current Streak: 13 Amherst wins
Longest Amherst win streak: 13, 1986-97
Longest Conn win streak: 2, 1984-85
Biggest Amherst win: 87-47 in 1994
Biggest Conn College win: 70-50 in 1985
Amherst and Connecticut College have met 18 times in men's basketball as the Jeffs claim a 15-3 edge in the series. Amherst has won the last 13 straight, including last year's nailbiting 87-85 victory in New London. While the Jeffs led by as much as 21 early in the second half, the Camels chipped away at the Amherst advantage from behind the arc and at the free throw line. A 10-0 Camel run cut the lead to single digits as the Jeffs did not hit a shot from the field in the final 4:20. A pair of free throws by Zach Smith (Mt. Kisco, NY/New Hampton HS) pulled the Camels within one, 86-85, with 10.2 ticks on the game-clock, and his missed 3-point attempt at the buzzer sealed the win for Amherst.
The Jeffs are coming off a 92-85 loss at NESCAC rival Tufts. Amherst led 41-37 at the half, but a 16-7 Jumbo run late in the second half swayed momentum towards a Tufts win. Junior Chris Ingraham (Tuscon, AZ/Salpointe Catholic HS) had a career-high 24 points, five assists and three steals as the guard earned a place on the ECAC Honor Roll this week. This is the fourth time a Lord Jeffs has been recognized by the ECAC this season.
Ingraham has led Amherst's offensive output in recent games. The 6-1 guard entered last week averaging only 8.8 points per game, but he dropped 21.7 in his next three showings in a 2-1 week. The English major has registered double-figures in 12 of his 21 games this season, including three 20+ performances in the past seven games. Ingraham is currently the Jeffs' fourth-leading scorer, averaging 10.7 ppg.
Ingraham started six games for Amherst while senior tri-captain John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ/Bergen Catholic HS) was hampered by a severe ankle sprain. Pavelski has since returned to the starting lineup, highlighted by a season-high 26 points with five 3-pointers on Senior Day against Bowdoin. The forward is currently sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,326 points, and his 179 3-pointers is the second-most in school history.
Senior tri-captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA/Smith Academy) leads Amherst with 13.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Despite a loss at Tufts, the center tallied his seventh double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Three guards to watch are senior tri-captain Julian "Bubba" Rowand (Washington, DC/St. Albans School) and sophomores Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) and Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA/Phillips Academy). The trio collectively averages 29.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
Amherst kicked off the 1997-98 season after its second-ever NCAA appearance. The Jeffs roared to a 13-0 start, the best in the history of basketball at Amherst. Head Coach David Hixon '75 coached the Jeffs to their 13th win as his 500th career game, a 71-68 victory at Middlebury. Hixon is Amherst's winningest basketball coach boasting a 334-174 (65.7%) record in his 21st season.