Marcus Bradley '09
Sophomore Marcus Bradley finished with a career-high 13 points

Amherst Too Much for Southern Vermont

By Justin Long

January 23, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s basketball team dominated Southern Vermont College from start to finish, as all 13 Lord Jeffs who suited up to play had a hand in the scoring. Five Amherst players scored in double figures, while three picked up career highs in points.

The smaller Southern Vermont squad found out early that it would not be able to succeed offensively in the paint, as junior Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY) picked up five blocks in the opening six minutes of play. Still, the Mountaineers trailed by just four points, 14-10, after the opening five minutes of the game, with senior captain Chris Matte and junior Nick Harrington providing all 10 points.

The Jeffs eventually found their usual groove and pulled away from the Mountaineers, going on first-half runs of 14, 11 and seven points to take a 58-27 lead into halftime.

Southern Vermont provided a much more consistent offense in the second half, scoring 40 points on 45% shooting, but Amherst simply had too much height and firepower for the Mountaineers to keep up, as the Jeffs slowly padded their lead en route to a 111-67 victory.

Amherst played its most well-balanced game of the season, as all 13 Jeffs played at least 11 minutes and only one played more than 18 minutes; every player also scored at least three points, with nobody scoring more than 14 points.

Finishing with career-high point totals were sophomores Mike Holsey (Potomac, MD) and Marcus Bradley (Latham, NY), who scored nine and 13 points, respectively, and first-year Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN), who chipped in with 14 points. Bradley was flawless from the field, knocking down all five of his field goal attempts, including his three attempts from beyond the arc. Holsey was just as impressive, shooting 4-for-5 from the floor, while Wheeler hit three of his four three-point attempts.

Junior Fletcher Walters (Ann Arbor, MI) and sophomore Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) each chipped in 10 points for the Jeffs, while senior quad-captain Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) added 14 points to match his younger brother's total. Amherst shot 65% from the floor and 68% from three-point land, and made eight of 10 free throw attempts to improve on their season average from the line.

Harrington led the Mountaineers with 23 points, adding 11 rebounds to complete the double-double, while Matte added 19 points.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday for a NESCAC match-up with Colby College. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Colby.