Balanced Attack Leads #20 Amherst to 82-68 Win at Anna Maria

Willy Workman '13 had 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists in the win over Anna Maria.

PAXTON, MA - The 20th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team used a balanced attack with five players scoring in double digits to power an 82-68 win over Anna Maria College this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs will head into the mid-season break with a perfect 9-0 record after today's win.

Sophomore Peter Kaasila (Plaistow, NH) was dominant in the paint, going 7-for-10 from the field for 18 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Junior Taylor Barrise (Allendale, NJ) continued his hot shooting streak from beyond the arc, making another five triples in the win. In the last four games, Barrise has made 23 of his 38 attempts from three-point land (.605).

Senior co-captain Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) added 16 points and six assists in the win, while sophomore Willy Workman (Northampton, MA) had 13 points and tied a career high with nine rebounds. Rookie Aaron Toomey (Greensboro, CT) scored 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals as well.

Amherst jumped out to an early seven-point lead at 10-3 less than three minutes into the game, but with 6:59 to play in the first half led just 24-19. The Amcats would not score another point in the final 6:59, as the Lord Jeffs went on a 16-0 scoring run to take a 40-19 lead into halftime.

Amherst's lead grew as large as 24 points early in the second half, but Anna Maria ultimately out-scored the Jeffs 49-42 after the break to keep the game close.

The Amcats shot 50 percent from behind the arc in the loss, knocking down 6-of-12 three-pointers, while Amherst hit on eight of 23 attempts from three-point range. The Lord Jeffs finished with a commanding 40-28 edge in rebounds and scored 40 points in the paint while never trailing in the game.

Chris Pinsonault and Anthony Click led the charge for the Amcats in their effort for a comeback that came up short. Pinsonault scored 18 points, while Clink added 17 of his own. Junior De La Hoz and Derek Johnson scored 13 and 12, respectively, for Anna Maria in the loss.