Jeffs Too Much For Ephs, Grab First with 65-48 Win

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Allen Williamson ’13 poured in a team-high 16 points and Willy Workman ’13 posted a double-double with 13 points and a career high-tying 13 rebounds to power the sixth-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team past archrival and seventh-ranked Williams College on Sunday at Chandler Gymnasium.
Holding the Ephs (20-3, 8-1 NESCAC) scoreless during a 13-0 run over the span of 6:11 in the second half, the Lord Jeffs (21-2, 9-0 NESCAC) took sole possession of first place atop the NESCAC standings and wrapping up the Little Three title.
Missing just two shots (8-for-10), Williamson helped key the Jeff offense while Aaron Toomey ’14 scored 11 of his 14 in the second half and added six rebounds and five assists. David Kalema ’14 joined Workman as the other Jeffs in double figures with 10. After scoring a career-high 24 points and grabbing 11 boards in Amherst's 83-67 home win over Williams on Jan. 23, Workman once again rose to the occasion against the Ephs, knocking down 5-of-7 from the floor adding four assists.
Michael Mayer ’14 paced Williams with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Nate Robertson ’13 chipped in with 13 points, three assists and three steals. Entering the game as the conference leaders in field-goal percentage (51.0 percent), the Ephs managed just seven field goals in each half, shooting 14-for-46 (30.4 percent) for the game. Struggling from behind the arc, Williams connected on just two of its 15 three-pointers (13.3 percent).
Trailing 9-8 early, Williamson drove the lane for two before Kalema knocked down a three from the left wing to give the Jeffs a four-point margin just under the 13-minute mark of the first half. Workman stretched the lead to 15-9 with a tip-in at 11:04 before Mayer converted a three-point play the old-fashioned way, ending a 5:37 Williams field-goal drought.
Williamson answered with a pull-up jumper from the right elbow before a Ben Pollack ’16 reverse lay-up staked the visitors to a 19-12 edge. Knifing into the lane for two more, Williamson pushed the Amherst cushion to nine before Kaasila connected down low to cap off a 15-4 Jeff run over a span of 6:58.
With the Ephs on the midst of a 6-2 run following a timeout at 7:26, Toomey drained a long three from the right side to put the Jeffs back up 28-19. Still down nine after a Workman trey with just 43 seconds left in the first half, Mayer tracked down his own miss along the baseline, putting it back in to make it 36-29 at the break.
Williamson opened the second half scoring with a jumper in the paint, kick-starting a 7-2 run over the first minute of action. Battling back, the Ephs pulled within six on the strength of five-straight Mayer points, but Kalema hit a floater before Toomey went end-to-end for two, once again staking Amherst to a double-digit lead.
Toomey and Workman kept things rolling with consecutive triples from the right corner before Toomey pulled up and launched a long trey from the top of the key that suddenly made it 59-40. John Weinheimer ’14 ended the Jeffs’ streak of 13 unanswered, netting the Ephs’ first points in just over six minutes, but Tom Killian ’14 came right back with two, keeping the cushion at 19 with just 6:30 to play.
Amherst closes out its regular season slate at Middlebury on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.