Starters Lead Jeffs to 97-69 Win at WNE

Contact: Justin Long

Taylor Barrise '12 hit his first five attempts from long range en route to a team-high 21 points.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s basketball team used a 23-0 first-half run and a strong showing from its starting five to earn a 97-69 win at Western New England University Tuesday evening.

Senior captain Taylor Barrise led Amherst with 21 points thanks to a 5-for-7 performance from behind the arc, while Andre Shaw put up 25 for the Owls (2-2). Sophomore point guard Aaron Toomey added 20 points for the Lord Jeffs, who improved to 3-0 on the season.

Holding a one-point advantage after the first four and a half minutes, Amherst made its next 13 shots and soon boasted a 32-8 lead midway through the opening half after a 23-0 run. Barrise stood out by knocking down his first three attempts from long range, as the Jeffs went eight minutes and 45 seconds without missing a field goal attempt.

Amherst would be held to only two points over a five-minute span, but a late three-point play by Toomey and a jumper by Connor Johnson ’12 helped the visitors carry a 48-26 lead into halftime. Ten players scored in the opening period for the Jeffs, who shot 62.5 percent from the floor while holding the Owls to 26.9 percent.

Barrise came out of the locker room and hit another two three-pointers, and the Jeffs bumped their lead to 28 (63-35) when Willy Workman ’13 put in a layup with 14:09 to play. Western New England put together a 17-4 run and closed its gap to 15, but Amherst responded with a 16-2 spurt that put the game out of reach at 85-56 with less than five minutes to go.

Twelve players scored for Amherst, but the starting five stole the show by shooting 61.9 percent (26-of-42) for 66 points. Barrise’s 21 points moved him into the top-50 on the school’s all-time scoring list, while Toomey and Workman combined for 37 points, seven assists and nine steals during exceptional all-around performances.

David Kalema ’14 added nine points for the Jeffs by hitting five of his six free throws, as the Jeffs shot 78.9 percent at the line (15-of-19). Amherst held a 38-28 rebounding advantage and recorded 17 steals on the night.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they travel to take on Lasell College.