Athletics

Amherst College Men's Basketball

NCAA Tournaments: 13 (1994, 1997, 2000-09, 2011) * NCAA Tournament Record: 27-14
National Champions: 1 (2007) * National Runners-Up: 1 (2008)
National Semifinalists: 2 (2004, 2006) * National Quarterfinalists: 3 (1994, 2003, 2011)

Amherst Places Five on NESCAC All-Academic, All-Sportsmanship Teams
Apr. 1 - Five members of the Amherst College men's basketball team were honored when the NESCAC announced its Winter All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship selections. Full Story

Amherst Jumps to Fifth Place in Directors' Cup Standings
Apr. 1 - With another outstanding winter season in the books, Amherst College has catapulted from 16th to fifth place in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Full Story

Daigneault Named Player of the Year; Meehan Tabbed All-America
Mar. 18 - Amherst College basketball standouts Jaci Daigneault ’11 and Conor Meehan ’11 were named to the State Farm Division III All-America Teams, with Daigneault also claiming National Player of the Year honors at the NCAA Final Four Banquet in Bloomington, Ill. Full Story

Amherst Basketball Standouts Earn Regional Honors
Mar. 16 - Amherst College’s Conor Meehan ’11, Jaci Daigneault ’11, Caroline Stedman ’12 and GP Gromacki earned regional basketball honors today for their outstanding performances during the 2010-11 season. Full Story

Amherst Closes Season with 77-71 Loss at Williams
Mar. 12 - The Amherst men's basketball team made a valiant effort in an attempt to return to the NCAA "Final Four," but the Lord Jeffs had their spectacular season come to a close with a 77-71 loss at the hands of Williams. Full Story

Amherst Gets Past RIC in Sectional Semifinals, 78-74
Mar. 11 - The Amherst men's basketball team kept its NCAA Tournament run alive with a 78-74 win over RIC in the Sectional Semifinals. The Lord Jeffs will take on either Williams or Virginia Wesleyan Saturday night. Full Story

NCAA LogoAmherst in Familiar Territory for "Sweet 16"
Mar. 10 - Making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Sectional Rounds, the Amherst College men's basketball team will need to get past some familiar opponents to earn another trip to Salem. The Lord Jeffs will continue their title run Friday against RIC. Full Story

Jeffs Keep Rolling with 92-70 Win Over WPI
Mar. 5 - Senior co-captain Conor Meehan recorded his second double-double in as many days to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to a 92-70 win over WPI in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Full Story

Amherst Opens Tournament with 79-39 Win Over Skidmore
Mar. 4 - The Amherst College men's basketball team began its 2011 NCAA Tournament run in style, earning a 79-39 win over Skidmore College. The Jeffs will take on WPI Saturday at 7 p.m. Full Story

NCAA LogoAmherst Selected to NCAA Tournament
The Amherst College men's basketball team will compete in its 13th NCAA Tournament this weekend, as the Lord Jeffs will travel to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to take on Skidmore College in the opening round. Full Story

Meehan, Toomey Recognized on Men's Basketball All-NESCAC Team
Mar. 2 - Conor Meehan and Aaron Toomey were recognized when the NESCAC announced its Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team today, with Meehan landing on the First Team and Toomey earning Rookie of the Year honors. Full Story

Amherst Lets One Slip Away in NESCAC Semifinals
Feb. 26 - The Amherst College men's basketball team led by 18 points late in the first half and by 13 with nine minutes to play, but the Lord Jeffs would suffer a 67-61 loss to Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals. Full Story

Amherst Heading to Williams for NESCAC Championship
Feb. 22 - Amherst will look to become the first team to win five conference crowns when the Lord Jeffs head to Williams College for the final rounds of the 2011 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship this weekend. Full Story

Amherst Pulls Away from Bates in NESCAC Quarterfinals
Feb. 19 - The Amherst College men's basketball team used a dominant second half to get past Bates in the NESCAC Championship quarterfinals, 77-61. The Jeffs will head to Williams to take on Middlebury in the semifinals next Saturday. Full Story

Basketball Teams Hosting NESCAC Quarterfinal Games Saturday
Feb. 17 - The Amherst men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin their playoff runs on their home floor, as the NESCAC Championships will get underway this Saturday when the Lord Jeffs host quarterfinal action. Full Story

Jeffs Fall at Williams, 74-70, to Grab No. 3 Seed
Feb. 12 - The Amherst College men's basketball team came out on the losing end of a thrilling 74-70 result against Williams College, earning the Lord Jeffs the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship. Full Story

Amherst Handed First Loss at Middlebury, 69-61
Feb. 11 - The third-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team finally met its match in seventh-ranked Middlebury, as the Lord Jeffs' winning streak came to a halt at 21 games with a 69-61 setback to the Panthers. Full Story

Basketball Teams Looking to Clinch No. 1 Seeds This Weekend
Feb. 9 - The Amherst College men’s and women’s basketball teams can secure the No. 1 seed in their respective NESCAC Championships this weekend, but the Lord Jeffs have their work cut out for them. Full Story

Williamson, Meehan Carry Amherst in Win Over Brandeis
Feb. 8 - Allen Williamson '13 and Conor Meehan '11 combined for 38 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to a 79-65 win over Brandeis, helping the Lord Jeffs improve to 21-0 on the season. Full Story

Meehan Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 7 - Senior co-captain Conor Meehan has been named the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for leading fifth-ranked Amherst College to a pair of conference wins this past weekend. Full Story

Amherst Survives Scare Against Bates, 74-68
Feb. 5 - The Amherst College men's basketball team used a 25-for-28 performance from the free throw line to get past Bates College, 74-68. The Lord Jeffs improve to 20-0 overall and 7-0 in the NESCAC. Full Story

Amherst Comes Alive in Second Half of 96-77 Win Over Tufts
Feb. 4 - The Amherst College men's basketball team was tied with Tufts at 48-48 early in the second half, but the Lord Jeffs took control from there en route to a 96-77 victory that featured 23 points from Conor Meehan '11. Full Story

Toomey Named NESCAC Men's Hoops Co-Player of the Week
Jan. 31 - First-year point guard Aaron Toomey has been named NESCAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for helping the Lord Jeffs remain atop the conference standings with a pair of wins this past weekend. Full Story

Barrise's Explosive First Half Lifts Jeffs Past Bowdoin, 103-85
Jan. 29 - Taylor Barrise '12 scored all 19 of his points in the first half and six Lord Jeffs finished in double figures to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team to a 103-85 win over Bowdoin. Full Story

Amherst Uses Strong Second Half to Get Past Colby, 82-49
Jan. 28 - The Amherst College men's basketball team improved to 17-0 on the season with an 82-49 win over Colby College, out-scoring the Mules by a 43-18 margin in the second half. Full Story

Five Reasons to be in Amherst This Weekend
Jan. 27 - If you’re looking for a way to get your sports fix while getting out of the cold this weekend, Amherst College has plenty to offer. From putting undefeated records on the line to honoring seniors competing in their final home contests, here are five good reasons to be on campus this Friday and Saturday. Full Story

Five Players Score in Double-Digits in 88-67 Win Over Trinity
Jan. 22 - Five different players scored in double digits for the 9th-ranked Amherst men's basketball team during an 88-67 win over Trinity College this afternoon. Full Story

#9 Amherst Rolls to 101-45 Home Win Over Curry
Jan. 20 - The 9th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team rolled to a 101-45 home win over Curry College in non-conference action this evening. Sixteen players scored for the Lord Jeffs (15-0). Full Story

Amherst Leads Start to Finish in 77-61 Win at Wesleyan
Jan. 15 - The Amherst College men's basketball team led the entire way during a 77-61 win over Wesleyan to improve to 14-0 on the season. Five Lord Jeffs scored in double figures for the third consecutive game. Full Story

Williamson's Perfect Shooting Night Leads Amherst Past Camels, 70-56
Jan. 14 - Allen Williamson '13 scored a game- and career-high 20 points on 10-of-10 shooting to lead the Amherst College men's basketball team as it opened NESCAC play with a 70-56 win at Connecticut College. Full Story

Aaron Toomey '14 Named NESCAC & ECAC Men's Hoops Player of the Week
Jan. 10 - The NESCAC and ECAC each named Amherst rookie Aaron Toomey the men's basketball Player of the Week this afternoon for his role in a pair of wins over Wesleyan and Williams. Full Story

#17 Lord Jeffs Hand #2 Williams First Loss in OT, 92-89
Jan. 8 - The 17th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team handed #2 Williams College its first loss of the season this afternoon in overtime, winning 92-89. Amherst remains perfect at 12-0. Full Story

Amherst Ready for First Winter Clash with Williams
Jan. 7 - The Amherst and Williams winter teams will resume their rivalries this weekend when they clash in several highly anticipated contests. Among the weekend’s highlights is a basketball doubleheader that features four nationally-ranked teams who are a combined 48-0 this season. Full Story

Men's Basketball Edges Wesleyan 87-74 in Little Three Opener
Jan. 5 - The 17th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team opened up Little Three play this evening with an 87-74 win over Wesleyan University led by a career night from sophomore Willy Workman. Full Story

#17 Lord Jeffs Return With 82-57 Win at Johnson & Wales
Dec. 30 - The Amherst College men's basketball team returned to action this afternoon with an 82-57 win at North Miami's Johnson & Wales University. Amherst (10-0) will open up Little Three play later this week. Full Story

Amherst College Coach Spotlight: Ron Buelow
Dec. 27 - From "B-stings" to championship rings, Ron Buelow has been an integral part of the Amherst College men's basketball program since 1985. After all these years, he still knows how to keep things light. Full Story

Same Old Story, Different Year for Amherst's Winter Teams
Dec. 22 - Amherst’s winter teams have produced a national team champion in three of the past four years, with several student-athletes taking home individual NCAA titles along the way. This March could feature much of the same for the Jeffs, who are cruising along and nationally ranked in several sports. Full Story

Balanced Attack Leads 20th-Ranked Jeffs to 82-68 Win at Anna Maria
Dec. 11 - Five different players scored double-digits for the 20th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team in an 82-68 win over Anna Maria College this afternoon. Full Story

20th-Ranked Men's Hoops Routs Babson 104-72
Dec. 9 - The 20th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team blew the game wide open early in the second half of a 104-72 rout of Babson College this evening. The Jeffs improved to 8-0 on the year with the result. Full Story

Kaasila's Career-High 22 Points Carry Amherst Past Emmanuel
Dec. 7 - Sophomore center Peter Kaasila scored a career-high 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting to lead the 20th-ranked Amherst men's basketball team (7-0) to an impressive 79-52 win at Emmanuel College. Full Story

23rd-Ranked Men's Basketball Tops Elms 93-60 in P.V.C.
Dec. 4 - The Amherst College men's basketball team got a career-high 27 points from Taylor Barrise '12 in a 93-60 win over Elms College this evening to wrap up the 2010 Pioneer Valley Classic. Full Story

Lord Jeffs Open Pioneer Valley Classic with 110-57 Win Over Westfield State
Dec. 3 - The 23rd-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team moved to 5-0 on the year and 18-1 all-time in the Pioneer Valley Classic with a 110-57 win over Westfield State University this evening. Full Story

#23 Amherst Registers 108-68 Win Over Lasell
Nov. 30 - The 23rd-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team registered a 108-68 win over Lasell College at home this evening. Amherst had 15 different players score in the win. Full Story

Men's  Basketball Cruises to 93-64 Win Over WNEC
Nov. 23 - The Amherst College men's basketball team cruised to a 93-64 win over Western New England College this evening at LeFrak Gymnasium to improve to 3-0 on the year. Full Story

Conor Meehan '11 Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Nov. 22 - Amherst College senior co-captain Conor Meehan was named the NESCAC men's basketball Co-Player of the Week this afternoon for his play at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament. Full Story

Amherst Defeats Castleton State, Wins 10th Consecutive Ken Wright '52 Tournament
Nov. 20 - The Amherst men's basketball team used a strong defensive performance to win its 10th consecutive Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, earning a 56-34 victory over Castleton State in the title game. Full Story

Amherst Escapes UMF with 90-89 Overtime Win on Holmes Free Throw
Nov. 19 - The Amherst College men's basketball team escaped with a 90-89 overtime win over Maine-Farmington this evening on a free throw by Jeff Holmes with just one second to play in the extra session. Full Story

Four Starters Return to Lead Amherst Back to NCAA Tournament
Nov. 15 - Amherst is unranked in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Preseason Poll for the first time since 2000-01, but don’t expect the Lord Jeffs to stay off the radar for too long. With four starters returning and two outstanding leaders comprising the senior class, Amherst’s depth and athleticism should create problems for the majority of teams this year. Season Preview