Men's Basketball Powers Past Colby, 82-64

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David Waller '12 poured in a game-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting to lead Amherst to an 82-64 win over Colby.

WATERVILLE, Maine - David Waller '12 (Tampa, Fla.) poured in a game-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting as the fourth-ranked Amherst men's basketball team scored an 82-64 win over Colby.

With the victory, Amherst (15-2, 5-0 NESCAC) improved to 7-3 in its last 10 meetings with Colby dating back to the 2005-06 season.

Up 6-2 early, Waller and Aaron Toomey ’14 (Greensboro, N.C.) connected on back-to-back threes to give the Jeffs a 10-point lead while forcing a quick Colby timeout. Ben Foreman ’12 ended the Colby drought with a triple of his own at 14:45, but five unanswered from the visitors made it 17-5.

Trailing 32-19 after an Allen Williamson ’13 (Saugus, Mass.) free throw, the Mules rattled off six straight points, trimming the deficit to seven on a Kyle Donovan ’12 layup. Undaunted, the Jeffs responded with an 8-1 rally to go up 40-26 on a Tom Killian ’14 (Summit, N.J.) layup.

Amherst later extended its lead to 16 following a Jeff Holmes ’12 (Saundertown, R.I.) basket with 55 seconds left in the half, but a Shane Rogers ’15 three on Colby’s next possession cut the Jeffs’ lead to 13 heading into the intermission.

Ahead 44-31 to begin the second, Toomey helped Amherst open the scoring by driving the lane before handing the ball to an open Peter Kaasila ’13 (Plaistow, N.H.) for two. After a Willy Workman ’13 (Northampton, Mass.) bucket made it a 17-point game, Waller connected on a layup to give Amherst a 50-31 edge.

Hoping to get the Mules going, Donovan netted the home team’s first points of the frame with a deep three, but Amherst scored the next four points as the lead swelled to 20.

Trying to keep pace, Foreman later drained a triple from the right wing to pare the lead to 54-39, sparking a 10-1 run that suddenly made it a nine-point game with 10:52 to play in regulation.

Holmes ended the Lord Jeffs’ field-goal drought with a layup at 9:53 before a Toomey three pushed the Amherst lead back up to 12 at 60-48.

Up 13 after Toomey found an open Workman on the baseline, the duo netted four straight from the charity stripe, putting the wraps on a 6-0 Amherst spurt that gave the Jeffs a 17-point cushion.

Still on top by 17 with under four to play, Waller all but put the wraps on the Lord Jeff victory, burying a triple from the left side to stake the visitors to a 73-53 lead that they would not relinquish.

Toomey finished with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting, adding nine assists and a career-high six steals. Holmes tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, while Workman had a good all-around game, collecting 10 points, six assists and four boards.

Rogers led Colby with 17 points, six assists and four rebounds on 6-for-11 shooting. Beaulieu and Forman chipped in with 15 points apiece, while combining for five assists and four rebounds.

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 25 against Williams.