No. 4 Amherst takes down Bowdoin
Lord Jeffs’ Toomey earns double-double with 23 points, 10 assists
Last Updated - January 20, 2012 11:53 GMT
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- David Waller scored a career-high 22 points and Aaron Toomey recorded an impressive double-double to lead the No. 4 Amherst to an 80-66 win against Bowdoin on Friday.
Toomey matched a career high with 23 points and set a new career-high with 10 assists, adding a team-high five rebounds to help the Lord Jeffs improve to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC play.
Will Hanley had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Polar Bears, who dropped to 10-5 (1-3 NESCAC). Ryan O’Connell hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points.
Taylor Barrise continued to shoot well for the Lord Jeffs, going 3-5 from beyond the arc to move into second place on the school’s all-time three-point field goal list (192).
No. 1 Middlebury 76, Hamilton 64 No. 4 Amherst 80, Bowdoin 66 No. 8 Emory 83, Carnegie Mellon 68 No. 14 Birmingham-Southern 92, Austin 62 No. 23 NYU 81, Chicago 71
Waller added four 3-pointers of his own, as the Jeffs connected on 10 attempts from long range and shot 54 percent overall in the game. The Polar Bears, meanwhile, shot 44 percent from the floor.
In a back-and-forth opening half, the teams traded the lead six times and were tied on four occasions. A pair of lay-ins by Toomey pushed the Amherst lead to four points late, but a Hanley hoop trimmed the Polar Bears’ deficit to 36-34.
The Polar Bears took a quick four-point advantage out of halftime, but consecutive 3-pointers by Barrise and Waller handed the lead right back to Amherst.
The Jeffs built a seven-point cushion midway through the period but could not deliver the knockout blow until late in regulation, as Waller capped a 6-0 run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the visitors an 11-point lead with 3:14 to play.
Amherst got to the line only twice in the first half, but the Jeffs were 11-12 from the stripe in the second. Toomey and Willy Workman were a combined 10-10 on free throws, as Workman finished with seven points and four rebounds