Jeffs Roar Past Cougars, 93-61
Contact: Matthew Hart
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The No. 25 Amherst College men’s basketball team capped 2012 in strong fashion Sunday as six Lord Jeffs scored in double figures in a 93-61 romp over host Medgar Evers College at Cougars’ Cave. With 15 points, Connor Green ’16 led the team for the second consecutive game, while Willy Workman ’13 dished out a career-high 10 assists to go with seven points, six rebounds and four steals.
In a balanced team effort, Amherst (9-2) also received 14 points from Allen Williamson ’13, 13 from Aaron Toomey ’14, 12 apiece from Tom Killian ’14 and David Kalema ’14 and 11 from Peter Kaasila ’13. Ben Pollack ’16 also had a strong night for the Jeffs, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds to go with four points and a block in 16 minutes of action. Winston Douglas paced the Cougars (5-6) with game-highs of 23 points and 13 boards, while Jovan Deare netted 17 and Kayode Prime chipped in 10.
The Jeffs shot a red-hot 63.8 percent from the field, including a blistering 21-of-29 performance (72.4 percent) in the second half. Amherst out-rebounded Medgar Evers 38-25 and the Jeff bench made a big impact, outscoring its Cougar counterparts, 36-7.
Amherst never trailed in the contest, racing to a 20-4 lead six and half minutes in on a Kaasila layup. The Jeffs’ lead ballooned to 29 with just over four remaining in the opening period as Green’s triple made it 42-13. The Cougars responded with an 11-2 run, trimming their deficit to 20 at the break as Amherst led, 44-24.
The Jeffs reasserted control early in the second and eventually pulled ahead by 30 as another Green rainmaker brought the count to 74-44 with 9:18 remaining. Amherst took its biggest lead with 1:45 remaining as Connor Gach ’14 grabbed a steal then fed Jospeh Mussachia ’15 for a jumper that made it 91-57.
The Jeffs return to action on Friday, Jan. 4 as they kick off their NESCAC schedule at Wesleyan University in a 6 p.m. contest.