Buckner's Career Day Leads Jeffs Past Marymount

Logan Buckner '14 scored 17 points
in only 19 minutes off the bench.

Contact: Justin Long

ARLINGTON, Va. – Logan Buckner ’14 scored a game- and career-high 17 points during the sixth-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team’s 81-66 win at Marymount University (Va.) Friday evening at the Verizon Sports Arena.

The Lord Jeffs saw their 17-point halftime lead dwindle to three, but they responded with a 12-2 run and led by double digits for the final 6:07. Amherst improves to 10-1, while the Saints fall to 3-8.

Buckner scored eight points in the first half and nine in the second, finishing 5-for-7 from the floor and 7-for-12 at the line in only 19 minutes. Twelve Amherst players scored and four finished in double figures, as Allen Williamson ’13 also stood out with 12 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.

Amherst used a 9-0 run to take a 15-5 lead early in the game, with Buckner scoring seven consecutive points and the Saints going 0-for-7 during that span.

Leading 23-18 with six minutes remaining, the Jeffs took advantage of three Marymount turnovers and scored the next nine points as part of a 16-2 run. Amherst led by as many as 19 when Buckner knocked down a free throw with 49 seconds on the clock, and the Jeffs would take a 42-25 lead into the locker room.  

Williamson scored all 10 of his first-half points in the final six minutes to help Amherst pull away before the break. Taylor Barrise ’12 buried all three of his attempts from beyond the arc, while the rest of the Lord Jeffs were a combined 0-for-4 from long range.

Amherst was held scoreless for the first three minutes of the second half and didn’t register its first field goal until David Kalema ’14 completed a three-point play to make it a 47-33 game with 15:17 to go.

The Jeffs hit another field goal drought and relied on free throws to maintain their lead, but the Saints managed to cut their deficit to three points (55-52) on a layup by Timothy Brisco with 8:36 remaining. Amherst took charge from there and put together a 12-2 run, forcing Marymount into a timeout after Kalema knocked down a pair of free throws.

The deficit proved to be too much for the Saints to overcome, as the Jeffs led by at least 11 for the final 6:07. Aaron Toomey ’14 and Willy Workman ’13 combined for 19 second-half points, 13 of which came at the line. Amherst missed nine free throws in the first half but rallied to shoot 72.4 percent (21-for-29) in the second.

With starting center Pete Kaasila ’13 getting into foul trouble, Buckner provided Amherst with a crucial spark off the bench and proved to be the key player in the win. Toomey finished with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, with Williamson adding 12 points and five boards.

Workman rounded out Amherst’s players in double figures (10), while Barrise added nine points, nine rebounds and four steals. The Jeffs held a 45-37 rebounding edge and shot 43.9 percent overall, despite a 3-for-11 showing from three-point range.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Jan. 6, when they open their conference schedule with an 8 p.m. game against Wesleyan University (9-1).