Lord Jeffs Still Unbeaten After 108-68 Win Over Lasell

Rookie David Kalema scored a career-high nine
points off the bench for Amherst.

AMHERST, MA – After moving into the D3hoops.com Top-25 poll for the first time this season, the 23rd-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 108-68 win over Lasell College. Tonight’s win is the fourth in a six-game home stand to the start the season for Amherst, while the Lasers drop to 0-4 with the loss.

Fifteen different players scored for Amherst this evening, with Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) and Aaron Toomey (Greensboro, NC) leading the way with 14 points apiece. Javon Williams led Lasell with a game-high 19 points in the losing effort.

Amherst grabbed six early points from Peter Kaasila (Plaistow, NH) en route to a 15-6 lead in less than five minutes. After a timeout by Lasell, Taylor Barrise (Allendale, NJ) hit a three and Meehan took a Jeff Holmes (Saunderstown, RI) block in for a transition score to stretch the lead to 20-6.

Amherst’s lead grew to 26-10 on a smooth post score by Meehan, but Javon Williams answered with a baseline jumper for the Lasers. Meehan went right back at the heart of the Lasell defense, finishing a three-point play the old fashioned way to respond.

Another three-point play from Meehan gave the Amherst captain a dozen, and the Jeffs a 38-18 lead with 6:01 remaining in the half. Toomey followed suit, adding an and-one play of his own a minute and a half later.

The Lord Jeffs held a 60-25 lead at the break led by Meehan’s 12 points, and nine points from each Toomey and David Kalema (Burke, VA). Williams led the Lasers with eight points and four rebounds in the half.

After four minutes of the second half, Amherst’s lead remained at 35 points, with the Jeffs doubling-up the Lasers 70-35 on a Meehan reverse layup. Late in the game, the Lord Jeffs went past the 100-point mark in impressive fashion, as Allen Williamson (Saugus, MA) grabbed an offensive rebound before dunking in traffic.

A late basket by senior Billy Butler (Brooklyn, NY) gave the Lord Jeffs an even 40-point win at 108-68. Following Meehan and Toomey in the scoring ranks for Amherst were Willy Workman (Northampton, MA) and Kalema with nine points each, and Kaasila, Williamson and Kurt Bennett (Placerville, CA) with eight points apiece.

Amherst will return to action this weekend with games against Westfield State University and Elms College in the 2010 Pioneer Valley Classic. The Lord Jeffs and Owls will tip off Friday’s doubleheader at 6 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.