Toomey Drops 34 as Jeffs Crush Colby, 98-75

Contact: Matthew Hart

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AMHERST, Mass. – Aaron Toomey ’14 poured in a career high-tying 34 points and added five rebounds and six assists as the 16th-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team ran away with a 98-75 win over visiting Colby College Saturday at LeFrak Gym.

Shooting a lethal 13-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-8 from three-point range, Toomey matched his 34-point outburst against NYU in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Peter Kaasila ’13 tallied 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting for Amherst (15-2, 5-0 NESCAC) while grabbing six rebounds and Allen Williamson ’13 filled the stat sheet with six points, eight boards, two blocks and two steals. Tom Killian ’14 was the third Jeff in double figures with 10 points and Willy Workman ’13 made up for an off-day shooting with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Chris Hudnut ’16 led Colby (5-10, 2-3 NESCAC) with 15 points and Patrick Stewart ’16 chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Jeffs jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, forcing a Colby timeout just over a minute into the game after a Williamson block led to a slashing Killian layup. With Amherst making six of its first eight field goals, the lead swelled to double digits at 17-7 as Toomey drained his third consecutive rainmaker with 13:55 remaining.

Colby battled back following a timeout, posting a 7-0 run and drawing within five at 22-17 on a Sam Wilson ’16 jumper at the 10:47 mark. But Amherst responded with a 6-0 run of its own, dictating tempo and eventually forcing another Colby timeout after a nice put-back from Kaasila gave the Jeffs a 41-26 advantage with 4:15 to go.

The Mules cut the lead to single digits momentarily on a Patrick Stewart ’16 jumper with a minute to go, but Williamson responded with a driving bucket to put the Jeffs up 46-35 at the break after a 60 percent shooting performance and 22-9 rebounding edge for Amherst over the opening frame.

Taking over to begin the second, Toomey scored nine of Amherst’s first 11 points to begin the frame, his trifecta at the 17:23 mark putting the Jeffs up 20 at 57-37. Colby cut its deficit to 13 with a 7-0 run, but the visitors would get no closer as Amherst ran off a 14-4 spurt over the next three-plus minutes, taking their biggest lead yet at 73-50 as Toomey hit the 30-point mark, canning his sixth triple of the day with 10:28 to go.

With the Jeffs keeping their lead above 15 for the remainder of the contest, Williamson provided the exclamation point at the 5:41 mark, slicing into the lane for a one-handed dunk that ended a Colby mini-run and put the hosts up 83-64.

Amherst’s fast-paced offense held sway all afternoon as the Jeffs finished with a 59.1 percent shooting clip while holding Colby to a 41.9 percent showing and outrebounding the Mules 45-27. Amherst’s 98 points marked its highest scoring total in NESCAC play since a 103-85 win over Bowdoin on Jan. 29, 2011.

The Jeffs return to action Wednesday night, hosting Williams in the archrivals’ annual non-league battle with tip-off from LeFrak Gym scheduled for 6 p.m.

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