Barrise Nets Career-High 27 Points in Amherst's 93-60 Win Over Elms

Taylor Barrise '12 scored a career-high 27 points thanks to a 7-for-9 performance from long range.

AMHERST, MA – The 23rd-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team pulled out a 93-60 win over Elms College this evening in the final game of the 2010 Pioneer Valley Classic, avenging an early season loss to the Blazers from last year. Amherst improves to 6-0 with the win, and 19-1 all-time in the P.V.C., while Elms drops to 3-2 overall.

Amherst jumped out of the gate getting an interior score from sophomore Peter Kaasila (Plaistow, NH) and a triple from junior David Waller (Tampa, FL) to take a 5-0 lead and force an Elms timeout just 1:23 into the game. After a pair of free throws from Elms’ Bryant Corcoran, Amherst sophomore Willy Workman (Northampton, MA) scored five straight points to stretch the lead to 10-2.

A pair of threes from senior co-captain Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) and junior Taylor Barrise (Allendale, NJ) on either side of an Elms score forced another Blazer timeout with 14:12 to play and the Jeffs up 16-6. By the 11:36 mark, Amherst had opened up a 26-11 lead on 10-for-12 shooting. Barrise started the day 3-for-3 from behind the arc, while the Jeffs were 6-for-6 from down town as a team.

With five minutes to play, Barrise finally went to the bench with 20 points as the Jeffs led 43-25. The Amherst sharpshooter was 7-of-8 from the field, and a perfect 6-for-6 from long range. The Lord Jeffs cooled in the final portion of the half, but still went into the break up 47-30. Amherst finished the half 10-for-15 from three-point range, after starting the period 8-for-9 from behind the arc.

The start of the second half was delayed by nearly 20 minutes due to a power outage, but not even darkness in LeFrak Gymnasium could slow the Amherst offense. Barisse picked up right where he left off, drilling his seventh three of the night on his first shot after the break.

By the time the second half was seven minutes old, Amherst had added four more points to its advantage to lead 66-45. At the midpoint, Elms showed signs of being able to hang with Amherst, as the Jeffs had out-scored the Blazers only 25-23 through ten minutes of the half.

Brittain Purcelle turned up his game in the second half, scoring a handful of times in the paint for Elms. Amherst’s offense proved to be too much though, with all five starters reaching double-digits in scoring. Barrise scored a career and game-high 27 points, while Meehan, Waller, Workman and Kaasila each hit double-digits in the win.

Purcelle scored a team-high 18 points for Elms, while Juan Alverio scored 13 points and pulled in eight rebounds. For his play, Purcelle was named to the All-Tournament Team, joining Amherst’s Meehan and Barrise. Meehan was named the Tournament M.V.P. for his play in the pair of wins.