Men’s Basketball Falls to No. 21 Amherst

Men’s Basketball Falls to No. 21 Amherst
NEWTON, Mass. --  The Lasell College men's basketball team fell to No. 21 Amherst College 89-62 Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Center.  The men close out the semester at 2-7 and Amherst improves to 6-1 on the year. 
Stefan Masciarelli (Northbridge, Mass.) led the Lasers with 14 points to go along with his two assists and three rebounds.
Amherst jumped out to an early lead, going on a 10-0 in the first  2:39. Grant Robinson (McLean, Va.) recorded a game-high 19 points to accompany five assists.  The Mammoth continued to surge in the first half, taking a 55-30 lead into the break.  Lasell would slow down Amherst in the second half, keeping the Mammoth to only 34 points,  but they could not create enough offense to overcome the deficit. 
Tim McCarthy (Medfield, Mass.)  tossed in 11 points, while Tommy Mobley (West Newton, Mass.) scored 13 points off the bench for the Mammoth. Amherst shot 53.7 percent from the floor, and out-rebounded the Lasers 43-34. 
Off the bench, Lasell received double-digit scoring from reshman Liam Jacobs (Plainfield, Conn.) and junior Brandon Villa (Jersey City, N.J.), who contributed 12 and 11 points respectively. 
The Lasers  will look to turn things around in 2018 when they return to the court in Paxton, Mass on January 3rd to open up conference play at Anna Maria. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, December 12th when they host Springfield at 7:00p.m.