Waller, Toomey Set Career Marks in Win at Bowdoin

David Waller '12 helped the Jeffs improve to 4-0
in the NESCAC by scoring a career-high 22 points.

Contact: Justin Long

BRUNSWICK, Maine – David Waller ’12 scored a career-high 22 points and Aaron Toomey ’14 recorded an impressive double-double to lead the fourth-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team to an 80-66 win over Bowdoin College Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

Toomey matched a career high with 23 points and set a new career best with 10 assists, adding a team-high five rebounds to help the Lord Jeffs improve to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC play.

Will Hanley had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Polar Bears, who dropped to 10-5 (1-3 NESCAC). Ryan O’Connell hit four three-pointers en route to 14 points for the hosts.

Taylor Barrise ’12 continued to shoot well for the Lord Jeffs, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc to move into second place on the school’s all-time three-point field goal list (192). The senior captain is within striking distance of the program record of 198, which is held by Jamal Wilson ’97.

Waller added four three-pointers of his own, as the Jeffs connected on 10 attempts from long range and shot 54.7 percent overall in the game. The Polar Bears, meanwhile, shot 44.4 percent from the floor.

In a back-and-forth opening period, the teams traded the lead six times and were tied on four occasions. A pair of lay-ins by Toomey pushed the Amherst lead to four points late in the period, but a Hanley hoop trimmed the Polar Bears’ deficit to 36-34 heading into halftime.

The Polar Bears took a quick four-point advantage out of the break, but consecutive three-pointers by Barrise and Waller handed the lead right back to Amherst.  

The Jeffs built a seven-point cushion midway through the period but could not deliver the knockout blow until late in regulation, as Waller capped a 6-0 spurt with a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the visitors an 11-point lead with 3:14 to play.

Amherst got to the line only twice in the first half, but the Jeffs were 11-for-12 from the stripe in the second. Toomey and Willy Workman ’13 were a combined 10-for-10 on free throws, as Workman finished with seven points and four rebounds.

Friday marked the 900th career game for David Hixon ’75, who improved to 651-249 (.723) as Amherst’s head coach. The Lord Jeffs will stay in Maine to take on Colby College Saturday at 4 p.m.