Jeffs Move to 7-0 with 100-76 Win Over Emmanuel

Contact: Justin Long

Allen Williamson '13 gave Amherst 11 points off the bench.

AMHERST, Mass. – Jeff Holmes '12 and Willy Workman '13 each recorded a double-double during the second-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team's 100-76 win over Emmanuel College Tuesday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium.

Point guard Aaron Toomey ’14 added his fifth consecutive 20-point game for the Jeffs (7-0), using a 5-for-8 performance from three-point range to finish with 20 points and a career-high eight assists. Holmes had 18 points and 12 boards on 8-of-13 shooting, while Workman totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks for his second double-double in as many games.

Emmanuel (2-4) was paced by 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from Isaiah Duke, while Josh Welles and Michael Mailhot chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Theo Robinson had a great game off the bench, finishing with 13 points and a team-high 11 boards, six of which came on the offensive glass.

Amherst knocked down 12 of its first 14 shots and made nine in a row in the early going, an impressive stretch that concluded with a three-point play by Workman. Still, the Saints hung with the Jeffs by shooting over 50 percent for the majority of the half and trailed by only three (40-37) with 2:25 to go after a jumper by Duke.

The hosts would close out the opening period on an 8-1 run to carry a 48-38 lead into the locker room. Emmanuel got 14 first-half points from Duke, who still had his team in the game after Amherst shot 61.5 percent overall and 80 percent at the line in the opening 20 minutes.

Welles accounted for Emmanuel’s first five points of the second period and Duke made it a five-point contest (58-53) with 13:45 remaining in regulation, but the rest of the game belonged to the Lord Jeffs, who pushed their lead to 22 after a 21-4 run that was capped off by a layup from David Waller ’12.

Amherst was ahead by at least 20 for the final 9:12 of the game, increasing its lead to 29 after a three-pointer by Connor Gach ’14. Robinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints in the second half alone, but the Lord Jeff bench preserved the lead and held on for the 100-76 win.

Thirteen players scored for the Jeffs, who bumped their home win streak to 19 games and recorded at least 90 points for the fifth time this season. Allen Williamson ’13 played particularly well as a spark off the Amherst bench, as he finished with 11 points and four rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting.

Amherst and Emmanuel will each return to action this Thursday on the road, with the Lord Jeffs taking on Babson College and the Saints squaring off against Emerson.