Athletics

Workman, Jeffs Take Down Williams, 83-67

Contact: Ben Badua

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AMHERST, Mass. – Willy Workman ’13 poured in a career-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting, leading the 14th-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team to an 83-67 win over No. 9 Williams at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Notching their 10th straight victory while snapping the Ephs’ 11-game win streak, Amherst handed Williams just its second loss of the season. Improving to 16-2 overall, the Jeffs used a 15-0 run to close out the first half and a dominant second half stretch to take control of the game.

Adding a game-high 11 rebounds, Workman also dished out four assists while connecting on 3-of-6 three-pointers. Aaron Toomey ’14 had 20 points, five assists and four boards for Amherst while Allen Williamson ’13 and Tom Killian ’14 each had 11. Killian also pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds.

Michael Mayer ’14 paced Williams with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting, while Taylor Epley ’14 finished with 17 points and six boards. Nate Robertson ’13 was the only other Eph in double figures with 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

Trailing 5-3 after a Daniel Wohl ’15 layup, Workman drained a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Jeffs back on top. Up 8-7, Toomey stole the ball on the baseline before finding Killian in transition for a triple that gave the Purple & White a four-point cushion.

Tied at 11 after consecutive Epley and Mayer buckets,  Killian buried another three, but Williams responded with an 8-2 run over the next 2:09, taking a 19-16 lead on a Sean Hoffman ’13 bucket. Still deadlocked at 19, the Ephs reeled off six unanswered, going up 25-19 on a Mayer layup that forced an Amherst timeout.

Regrouping after the break, David Kalema ’14 drilled a three from the left corner before a Workman reverse layup following an offensive rebound trimmed the deficit to one. Drawing a foul on Williams’ next possession, Mayer connected on a pair of free throws, kick-starting a 10-0 run capped off by back-to-back Epley threes and a Nate Robertson ’13 layup.

Down 38-27 with 5:17 left in the half, Peter Kaasila ’13 connected down low before Toomey hit a straight-away three to pull the home team within six. Williamson kept things going with a jumper from the left elbow before Toomey hit a pull up trey to suddenly make it a one-point game. Nabbing a steal near midcourt, Williamson raced in for a layup and the foul before a Kaasila tip-in with seven seconds left capped off a 15-0 Jeff run to close out the half.

Blocking Mayer on Williams’ first possession after the intermission, Kaasila converted down low to stretch the Jeff lead to six. Mayer got the Ephs back on the board moments later, recording the visitors’ first field goal since the 5:17 mark of the first, but Killian connected on his third three to put Amherst up seven.

Draining a pair of three-pointers, Mayer brought Williams within one at 16:40, but the Jeffs came right back with a 9-2 run over the next three-plus minutes, building a 58-50 cushion on a Workman runner. Holding onto a seven-point margin with just over seven minutes remaining, Connor Green ’16 sunk a three from the top of the key to give the Jeffs a double-digit lead.

Ahead 72-62, Toomey drove the lane, hitting a bank shot, drawing the foul and converting a three-point play that stretched the margin to 13 with 3:27 on the clock. After Wohl turned in a three-point play of his own, Williamson stuck a jumper as the Jeffs closed out the game on an 8-2 run, hitting 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the 16-point win.

With Williams coming as close as one at 47-46, Amherst outscored their counterparts by a 36-21 margin over the final 16:40 to run away with the win. Hitting on 46.7 percent (14-for-30) of their attempts in the first 20 minutes, the Ephs shot just 37.5 percent (12-for-32) in the second half, while losing the overall rebounding battle, 41-36.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Trinity.

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