Jeffs Roll Past Lasell, 95-74

Contact: Mike O'Brien


ToomeyNEWBURY.jpgNEWTON, Mass. – Aaron Toomey ’14 was one assist shy of a triple-double Tuesday night, dropping 23 points with a career-high 10 rebounds as the ninth-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team cruised to a 95-74 non-conference road win over Lasell College.

With the win, the Jeffs improved to 18-3 overall while dropping the Lasers, from the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference, to 10-8 on the season.
Toomey was 6-for-12 from the field, a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and 3-for-6 from downtown. The senior guard also grabbed a career-and game-high 10 rebounds with a game-high nine assists. The Jeffs leading scorer, however, was Connor Green ’16 who dropped 24 points with eight boards. Also joining the two in double figures was David Kalema ’14 with 16. Kalema had a very efficient shooting night, going 5-for-7 from the floor, 3-for-4 from behind-the-arc and 3-for-3 from the line.

The Lasers were led by Brandon Ganesh ’14 and Clyde Niba ’16 who accounted for 60 of Lasell’s  74 points. Ganesh dropped a game-high 35 with six three-pointers (6-for-9). He was 11-for-20 from the field and 7-for-8 at the line. Niba added 25 points and led the team with eight rebounds.

The Lasers came out hot to start the game and took a 15-point lead at the 15:58 mark of the first half following a lay-up from Rob Watts '14.

For the next several minutes, the Jeffs continued to cut the deficit. Trailing by seven with 9:34 remaining before the break, David George ’17 made a lay-up to jump start a 20-0 run in just five minutes as Amherst pulled ahead, 42-29.

The play went back and forth throughout the closing minutes of the half until Clyde connected on a three-pointer with under a minute to play as the Jeffs held a 47-40 lead at the break.

After two minutes of scoreless action to start the second half, Ganesh hit one of his six from downtown as the Lasers trailed by four. However, several minutes later, Tom Killian ’14 made a free throw to put the Jeffs back up by double-digits.

The rest of the half was all Amherst as the Jeffs pulled away, reaching the 90-point mark with 2:40 remaining in regulation. After Toomey connected on a pair of free throws, the Jeffs held a 91-68 lead en route to the decisive victory.

Amherst returns to the court Friday, Feb. 7 and will host a NESCAC matchup against Conn. College. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.