Amherst College took the lead for good early in the first half and the Mammoths went on to a 75-49 NESCAC men's basketball win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Amherst's LeFrak Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton (15-1, 3-1 NESCAC) -- ranked 14th in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll -- suffered its first setback of the season while the Mammoths earned their second conference win.
Amherst (10-6, 2-2) shot 48.4 percent from the field and had a season-high 10 blocked shots.
Peter Hoffmann '19 recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds and added two blocked shots. Kena Gilmour '20 dropped in 14 points and had three steals. Tim Doyle '19 collected a game-high six steals and Vince Conn '20 chipped in four points in 10 minutes off the bench.
Johnny McCarthy collected a career-high 15 rebounds and scored 12 points for Amherst. Michael Riopel led all scorers with 15 points and Eric Sellew scored 14 points and blocked four shots.
Hoffmann hit back-to-back three-pointers to get Hamilton on the scoreboard in the first half. His first at 18:21 gave the Continentals their only lead at 3-2, and his second tied the score at 6-all. Michael Grassey '19 got Hamilton back within a point at 12-11 with a three-pointer at 15:05 before Amherst scored 10 unanswered for an 11-point cushion. Gilmour banked in two layups to cut Amherst's lead to 31-20 with 6:34 remaining in the first, but the Mammoths gained a 19-point halftime advantage by outscoring the Continentals 10-2 in the last five minutes of the opening half.
Amherst led by at least 17 points in the second half and went up by 25 on a three-pointer by Tommy Mobley with 12:26 remaining. The Mammoths took their largest lead of 32 points at 63-31 on a Fru Che layup with 7:29 left and again at 70-38 after a Riopel three with 5:19 to go. Amherst was 13 of 30 (43.3 percent) from the field in the second half. Hamilton shot 35.5 percent from the floor during the final 20 minutes.
The Continentals host Cazenovia College for a non-conference game on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.