Conn College Edges Out Amherst, 89-86

NEW LONDON, Connecticut -- Aaron Taylor (Hackensack, NJ) made seven of his last eight free throws down the stretch to lead Connecticut College (20-3) to an 89-86 victory over NESCAC rival Amherst College (18-4). This is the first time in 14 tries that the Camels have defeated Amherst, and the first win over the Jeffs under Head Coach Glen Miller. This is also the first 20-win season for the Camels since the 1983-84 season.

Connecticut College made 29 of its 36 free throws for the game, including 12 of 14 in the closing three minutes to seal its 20th victory and almost assure the Camels an invitation to the Division III NCAA Tournament. Amherst was called for eight fouls in the last three minutes as senior Aaron Guckian (East Greenwich, RI), Dwayne Stallings (New London, CT) and Taylor notched the final 11 points from the line for the Camels. Taylor recorded all nine of his points on the charity stripe.

The teams were deadlocked at 39-39 at halftime before Amherst mounted a 14-0 run early in the second half behind 11 straight points by sophomore guard Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH). The Jeffs boasted their biggest lead of 13 with 12:26 to play when Camel center Guckian sparked an 11-2 Camel run to pull within three points at the 8:54 mark. A 3-pointer by junior Zach Smith (Mt. Kisco, NY) temporarily reclaimed the lead for Conn with 6:31 to play, but head coach Glen Miller was slapped with a technical foul. Lord Jeff senior John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) sank both free throws for a 68-67 lead heading into the final six minutes.

Neither team led by double-figures in the first half as they traded runs and flip-flopped through six ties and seven lead changes before the break. Guckian posted 13 of his 21 points in the first, while Pavelski led Amherst with 11. Pavelski led all scorers with 22 for the game along with 11 rebounds, while Guckian posted 21 points and 11 boards for the Camels. Conn College had its biggest lead of the game at eight in the first half, and the Camels made 16 steals for the game.

Connecticut College will close out its season on Saturday when the Camels travel to Trinity for a 3:00pm tip-off. Amherst will finish the regular season with a Little III showdown at Wesleyan at 7:30pm on Saturday.

Amherst College (18-4)			39	47 -- 86
Connecticut College (20-3)		39	50 -- 86
Amherst (86) Rowand 2-4 0-0 4, MacLeod 0-1 0-0 0, Chapman 3-6 0-1 7, Mulvey 8-14 0-0 19, Quattlebaum 6-11 1-1 14, Ingraham 2-5 0-0 5, Skorupski 3-7 3-4 9, Pavelski 7-15 6-6 22, Anish 1-1 0-1 2, Smith 2-4 0-0 4.

Conn College (89) Taylor 0-3 9-11 9, Ashur 0-2 0-0 0, Tatum 7-13 3-3 19, Gallerani 0-5 4-4 4, Shea 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 5-9 4-5 15, Stallings 4-11 4-4 13, Guckian 8-12 5-9 21, OULeary 4-7 0-0 8.

3-point goals - A 8-20 (Mulvey 3, Pavelski 2, Chapman, Quattlebaum, Ingraham), CC 4-15 (Tatum 2, Smith, Stallings). Fouled out - Pavelski. Rebounds - A 36 (Pavelski 11), CC 40 (Guckian 11). Assists - A 16 (Chapman, Quattlebaum 3), CC 13 (Taylor, Gallerani, Stallings 3). Total fouls - A 25, CC 15. Technicals - CC Glen Miller. Attendance - 500.

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