ECAC Quarterfinals

Amherst Upsets Keene State 104-98

KEENE, NH-- Erik Kelly (Staples, MN) had 23 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead a balanced Lord Jeffs offense as fifth-seeded Amherst College upset fourth-seed Keene State 104-98 in a men's quarterfinal ECAC Division III Tournament game played Wednesday in Keene.

Amherst College (16-8) will now advance to the semifinals in the Tournament at Plymouth State on Friday night. Keene State finishes its season with a 20-7 record.

Returning from an injury, KSC's Stacey Messiah finished with 27 points and 20 rebounds for the Owls. Keene jumped out to a 27-13 lead, but had to settle for a 43-all tie at the half. Messiah had 13 points at the break for KSC while Kelly countered with 12 for the Jeffs.

Amherst pulled away from Keene late in the game. Jackson Collins' (Stone Mountain, GA) uncontested lay-up with 1:03 left out the Jeffs up 96-89. The Owls would close the gap to just four on two occasions down the stretch, but strong free-throw shooting by Amherst allowed them to hang on for the upset victory.

Although Keene held a 52-28 advantage on the boards, Amherst shot a scorching 56% from the field and behind the arc. Other double figure scorers for Amherst included Hugh Quattlebaum (18), Chris Ingraham (16), Pat Mulvey (16) and Collins (12). (Keene State College Sports Press Release)

AMHERST (16-8) 43 61 104 (Kelly 23)
Keene State (20-7) 43 55 98 (Messiah 27)

Amherst (104): Erik Kelly 8-9 (7) 23, Hugh Quattlebaum 7-10 4-6 18, Chris Ingraham 5-7 (4) 2-2 16, Pat Mulvey 5-9 (2) 4-7 16, Jackson Collins 4-7 4-7 12, Caith Chapman 0-1 8-8 8, Chris Smith 2-7 1-1 5, Josh Anish 1-5 2-2 4, Charles Field 1-2 2 TOTALS: 33-59 13-23 25-33 104

Keene State (98): Stacey Messiah 10-19 7-8 27, Chris Coates 11-22 (1) 3-3 26, Kareem Porter 6-12 1-2 13, Jamie Smith 2-6 5-6 9, Scott Rogers 4-6 8, Fred Fieldhouse 1-6 (1) 2-2 5, Bryan Aube 2-3 (1) 5, Dave Stantial 1-2 (1) 3, Jeff Matuszko 1-2 2

Rebounds: (A) 28 (Jackson Collins 5) (K) 52 (Stacey Messiah 20)

Attendance: 716