Amherst men’s basketball comeback falls short against Trinity

For the Gazette
Published: 2/14/2020 11:25:36 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 11:25:23 PM

AMHERST — The Amherst College men’s basketball team couldn’t complete the comeback against Trinity and lost, 89-85, Friday at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Garret Day led the Mammoths with 28 points, while Eric Sewell finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Sewell was also active on the defensive end, tallying five steals and four blocks. Fru Che added 16 points.

Trinity was led by Colin Donovan who scored 24 points.

“Our guys fought, and that was what I was proud of for our guys,” Amherst coach Aaron Toomey said. “After the game I told them just that. I was proud of them but disappointed that we made some mental mistakes late in the game that came back to haunt us.”

The Bantams (16-7, 6-3 NESCAC) went up 13-0 before the Mammoths (16-7, 6-3) were forced to use a timeout. Amherst scored two quick baskets, however, Trinity answered with 10 straight points to take a 25-4 lead.

“I thought Trinity played really well,” Toomey said. “They came out on fire in the first half.”

Day hit his first 3-pointer to give Amherst an answer to Trinity’s 10-0 run. From there the Mammoths were able to settle into the game and began chipping away at the deficit.

Through the first 13 minutes of the game, Amherst had shot 2 of 14 from beyond the arc. The shooting struggles changed as Day drained four straight shots from deep. This gave the Mammoths’ offense a spark, and they trailed 43-39 at halftime.

The Mammoths tied the game at 71 with six minutes left when Josh Cherry (11 points) hit a 3, but they never took the lead. Trinity played efficiently down the stretch and hit its free throws.

“If we went back and played them again, I feel like we’d be in a good spot,” Toomey said. “We’d learn from this one and be better for it.”

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