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No. 14 Wesleyan Defeats Little Three Rival Amherst on the Road, 70-66

Photo by Alex Serbetzian
Photo by Alex Serbetzian

AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman Austin Hutcherson was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range and finished with a game-high 19 points, and seniors JR Bascom and Nathan Krill each recorded double-doubles to help lead the 14th-ranked Wesleyan University men's basketball team to an impressive road win over Little Three archrival Amherst College, 70-66.

Wesleyan has now won four-straight against its rival and five of its last six meetings dating back to the 2014-15 season. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 11-3 overall and 2-2 in the NESCAC while the Mammoths drop to 9-5 and 1-2.


  • A three from Michael Riopel at the 17:59 mark put Amherst ahead 5-0 but the Cardinals responded with an 8-2 run to claim the lead just over a minute later.
  • From that point on, the first half went back-and-forth often and featured nine lead changes and three ties.
  • Trailing by two (31-29) with 1:36 remaining in the half, a three from Nathan Krill '18 followed by a layup from JR Bascom '18 gave the visitors a 34-31 halftime lead.
  • Hutcherson led all scorers with nine at the break while Bascom tallied six points and seven rebounds. Johnny McCarthy led Amherst with seven points in the first half.


  • The second half was a similar story early on as the two rivals continued to go back-and-forth. However, the Cardinals pulled away late.
  • Wesleyan, trailing 50-48 at the 10:44 mark, went on an 11-0 run capped off by a pair of free throws by Jordan Sears '18 to give the Cardinals a nine-point advantage (59-50) with 5:27 to play.
  • With 1:26 on the clock, Bascom went to the line and hit both shots to give the Cardinals a 67-55 lead—the largest by either team.
  • The Cardinals outscored Amherst 19-5 from 10:29-to-1:26.
  • Amherst didn't back down easily, however, and got within four following a layup from Josh Chery, but it was too late as only :15 remained on the clock.


  • Four players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan. Joining Hutcherson were Krill with 14, and Bascom and David Dixon '20 with 10 each. Bascom and Krill each secured 10 rebounds as well to record double-doubles while Krill dished out a game-high three assists.
  • McCarthy finished with a team-high 14 points while Riopel dropped 12. C.J. Bachmann scored eight points off the bench and Chery finished with seven and a team-high seven boards. Joseph Schneider blocked four shots and Grant Robinson dished out three assists.
  • The game featured 13 lead changes and six ties.  
  • Wesleyan outrebounded Amherst 42-38.


  • Wesleyan returns to the court Thursday, Jan. 18 to play at non-conference foe Johnson & Wales at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals' next NESCAC game will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at home against Conn. College (3 p.m.).
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