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Three Jeffs Record Double-Doubles in 87-63 Rout Over SUNY Plattsburgh
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – David George ’17 finished one block shy of a triple-double as the seventh-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team routed Plattsburgh State, 87-63, in the sectional semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst returns to the ‘Elite Eight’ for the second consecutive season and improves to 26-3 overall. They will host Morrisville State tomorrow in the sectional finals at 7 p.m. Plattsburgh State’s impressive 2013-14 season comes to an end as they finish the year with a 24-6 mark. The Cardinals also dropped an 89-72 contest against the Jeffs in the second round of the tournament last year.
George, Aaron Toomey ’14 and Tom Killian ’14 all finished with double-doubles. George led the way with 13 points on 5-of-6 shots with 11 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks. He now has 78 total blocks on the season, setting a new single season Amherst record. He surpassed Pat Fitzsimons ’03 who blocked 76 shots in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Toomey recorded his third straight double-double and sixth this season with 15 points, and also tied a career-high with 12 assists. The all-time leading scorer in program history finished one-point shy of 2,000 for his career. Killian posted a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 4-of-6 from downtown while pulling in 10 boards. Connor Green ’16 and David Kalema ’14 scored 15 and 12, respectively, as the entire starting lineup finished in double-figures.
Four of the Cardinals starters finished with double-digits as John Perez ’14 led the way with 16 and a team-high eight rebounds. Edward Correa ’16, Shamoy McIntosh ’15 and Ezra Hodgson ’15 all finished with 11. McIntosh went 6-for-6 from the line and dished out a team-high four assists.
As a team, the Jeffs shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the floor, 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from downtown and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the charity stripe. They out rebounded Plattsburgh State, 45-27, and held the Cardinals to 34.8 percent (23-of-66) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from behind-the-arc and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the free throw line.
Amherst came out hot to start the game as Kalema got things started with a three-pointer to lead a 7-0 run within 1:41 of play. Perez hit a lay-up shortly after to end the run and consecutive treys from Correa cut the deficit to two at the 16:33 mark, 11-9.
The Jeffs grabbed its first double-digit lead of the game at the halfway point of the first when Jacob Nabatoff ’17 threw down a dunk to ignite the home crowd and put Amherst up 27-16. Plattsburgh State’s Shavar Fields ’22 hit a lay-up to put the game back in single digits at 8:11 but Toomey responded with a lay-up of his own to spark an 8-0 Jeff run.
With less than four minutes remaining, Green hit one from downtown to put the home team ahead by 20 and Kalema went 2-for-2 from the line with five seconds remaining to give Amherst a 49-29 lead at halftime.
Early in the second half, McIntosh hit one from downtown at the 18:57 mark to jumpstart a 7-0 Cardinal run to cut the deficit to 13, trailing 51-38. However, the Jeffs answered nicely as Toomey hit a three-pointer of his own and lead Amherst to an 8-0 run.
With 12:55 left to play, George swatted two consecutive blocks to lead to a Kalema three-pointer on the other end as the Jeffs went up by 23. It was all Amherst the remainder of the way as they cruised to the decisive 24-point win, 87-63.