Jeffs Win 10th Straight Ken Wright '52 Memorial Tournament

Amherst won the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament for the 10th time in as many years.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College 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 Saturday afternoon in the tournament’s title game.

After scoring a career-high 28 points in Friday night’s season opener, Conor Meehan ’11 (Meriden, CT) added 13 points and six rebounds against Castleton en route to the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honor. Also on the All-Tournament Team were Amherst’s Aaron Toomey ’14 (Greensboro, NC), Castleton’s Mike Knight and Jared Paul, Maine-Farmington's Eric Taylor and Wells College's Terry Harrison.

Castleton (2-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Amherst (2-0) would go ahead on a three-pointer by Willy Workman ’13 (Northampton, MA) 7:36 into the game and never relinquish the lead. The Lord Jeffs carried a 28-18 advantage into halftime and never let the Spartans get closer than eight points in the second period.

After surrendering 89 points to Farmington in last night’s win, the Jeffs allowed Castleton to shoot only 30 percent from the floor, including a 1-for-13 performance from long range. Amherst also struggled from behind the arc (5-for-22) but shot well overall, hitting 46 percent of its shots in the first half and 45 percent in the second.

David Waller ’12 (Tampa, FL) scored 12 points for Amherst in the first half and would finish with 14, adding 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals for a double-double, as he and Meehan were the only two Jeffs in double figures. Castleton’s Mike Knight and Matt Cooney each had a team-high seven points, with Greg Hughes adding six.

All-Tournament Team
Eric Taylor (Maine-Farmington)
Terry Harrison (Wells)
Mike Knight (Castleton State)
Jared Paul (Castleton State)
Aaron Toomey (Amherst)

Most Valuable Player: Conor Meehan (Amherst)