Jeffs Claim Ken Wright '52 Title with 100-64 Win Over Washington and Lee
by Connor Johnson ’12
Aaron Toomey '14 was named the tournament's MVP.
AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s basketball team utilized a balanced offensive attack to win its 11th consecutive Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational Tournament, as the Lord Jeffs earned a 100-64 victory over Washington and Lee University Saturday afternoon in the title game.
Amherst’s Aaron Toomey ’14 (Greensboro, N.C.) took home the tournament’s MVP honor after recording 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds in only 22 minutes on Saturday. Willy Workman ’13 (Northampton, Mass.) and Taylor Barrise ’12 (Allendale, N.J.) were each named to the All-Tournament Team for the Lord Jeffs.
Amherst increased its home win streak to 18 games and is now 22-0 all-time in the Ken Wright ’52 tournament. The Lord Jeffs will play their next four on the road, beginning with a Nov. 22 game at Westfield State.
After a convincing 90-63 win over Plymouth State Friday night, the Lord Jeffs carried that momentum into Saturday’s championship game. Toomey got off to a fast start and hit two three-pointers in the first seven minutes to help the hosts establish a 21-4 advantage.
Amherst led by 30 at intermission (57-27), with Toomey hitting three from long range and dishing out six assists in the first period. Barrise also hit three three-pointers to help the Jeffs shoot 46 percent from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes, while the visitors were 0-for-6 from downtown.
To open the second half, Toomey picked up right where he left off by drilling an open three on the right wing off a Workman assist to stretch the lead to 33. Amherst’s lead hovered between 28 and 37 the rest of the way despite shooting only 33 percent from the floor in the period.
The Lord Jeff newcomers had an impressive showing in their first home game. Joseph Mussachia ’15 (Manchester, Mass.) had a strong drive and converted three free throws en route to five points in his home debut, while Alex Levine ’15 (Weston, Mass.) drained a straightaway three to go along with a block and two rebounds.
Amherst held a 55-31 rebounding edge and shot 53.7 percent overall, while the Generals were 1-for-17 on threes and shot 31 percent from the floor. Workman finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Barrise added nine points, and Pete Kaasila ’13 (Plaistow, N.H.) had 13 points and eight boards. Allen Williamson '13 (Saugus, Mass.) rounded out the Jeffs in double figures, hitting five of his seven shots for 11 points.
Andre French (Elms)
Petey Skevas (Plymouth State)
J.D. Ey (Washington and Lee)
Willy Workman (Amherst)
Taylor Barrise (Amherst)
Most Valuable Player
Aaron Toomey (Amherst)