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Toomey Scores 37 as No. 1 Amherst Downs Westfield State, 83-59
Courtesy of Westfield State Sports Information
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Senior guard Aaron Toomey poured in a career-high 37 points to power No. 1 ranked Amherst College to an 83-59 victory over Westfield State University in non-conference men’s basketball action on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Amherst boosted its record to 4-0 while winning its 28th straight game dating back to last season, dropping Westfield to 4-2.
Toomey, the reigning National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Player of the Year, put on a dazzling shooting display as he went 9-for-12 from the field and 13-for-14 from the foul line. The senior guard also drained six of eight from downtown and moved into fifth all-time in scoring with 1,493 points, only 215 shy of the all-time program record held by Steve Zieja ’03 (1,708).
Toomey scored 17 first-half points to give the Jeffs a 41-25 lead at the break. Amherst jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but Westfield rallied to take a 9-7 lead five minutes into the game.
The Owls took a 14-13 lead at the 11:32 mark on a layup by junior captain Grant Cooper, who led the Westfield with 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists. But the Jeffs went on a 15-3 run over the next five minutes, capped by a Toomey trey, for a 28-17 advantage.
Toomey flushed another 3-pointer to give Amherst its biggest lead of the first half, 41-23, at the 1:52 mark.
He also gave Amherst its biggest lead of the second half, 60-32, by canning two free throws with 14:03 remaining.
Scoring in double figures for Amherst were Connor Green '16 (12 points), Tom Killian '14 (10) and David George '17 (10). George and Green led the Jeffs with nine and eight rebounds, respectively, and Killian dished out a game-high six assists. George made his first career start and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Green’s eight boards were a career-high.
Despite Toomey’s hot shooting from beyond the arc, Amherst went 8-of-23 from 3-point range but shot a sizzling 24-for-28 from the foul line.
Westfield shot 39 percent from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range, and 15-for-28 from the foul line. Also scoring in double figures was junior point guard Jordan Santiago with 11 points. Sophomore reserve forward Tchuijo Nkamebo scored nine points.
Amherst is back in action Thursday night, Dec. 5, when they return to LeFrak Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off against Anna Maria.