Jeffs Take Title With 117-96 Win Over Curry

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AMHERST, Mass. - Five Jeffs finished in double-figures as the fifth-ranked Amherst men's basketball team (2-0) cruised to a 117-96 victory over Curry College (1-1) in the championship game of the 12th annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament.

Piecing together a near record-breaking performance, the Jeffs lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 117 points, marking the highest single-game scoring output since the team notched a program-best 125 points against Johnson & Wales on Jan. 7, 1997. 

Connecting on a blistering 61.5 percent (24-for-39) of their field-goal attempts in the first half, the Jeffs finished the game with a 54.2 (45-for-83) shooting percentage and a 41.4 percent (12-for-29) clip from long distance.

Peter Kaasila '13 and Allen Williamson '13 each finished with 22 points, while combining for 16 rebounds and 20-for-24 shooting, with Aaron Toomey '14 adding 19 points and 12 assists. Tom Killian '14 had 20 points and five steals en route to All-Tournament team accolades, while Willy Workman took home Most Valuable Player honors with a 15-point, seven-rebound, six-assist, three-block effort.

In two games, Workman shot 64.3 percent from the floor, averaging 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals. Hitting 46.2 percent (6-for-13) of his three-pointers, Killian averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

Joining the Amherst duo on the All-Tournament team were Sedale Jones '13 and A.J. Stephens '14. Jones led Curry, pouring in a game-high 41 points on 14-for-26 shooting, while Stephens went 6-for-9 with 16 points. Lambros Papalambros '14 rounded out the trio of Colonels in double-figures with 13.

Getting off to a fast start, the Jeffs quickly built an 11-1 lead on the first of three Toomey triples. Curry responded with a 13-2 run of its own, taking a 14-13 edge on a Ted Amendola '13 layup. Still down one after a Stephens basket at 12:23, Amherst netted eight unanswered points, going up seven on  Killian three-pointer.

With Curry pulling right back within two at 34-32 with 6:23 to go in the first, the Jeffs quickly wrestled control, outscoring the Colonels 28-10 for the remainder of the half to carry a 20-point lead into the intermission. Workman accounted for seven points during the decisive run, while Killian knocked down a pair of threes. 

Staying aggressive to start the second, the Jeffs pushed the lead to 83-58 over the first 5:54 of the frame. Still trailing by 23 after a Connor Green '16 layup with 11:13 to go, Curry made a 12-4 run to pull within 15 after a Jones bucket from long range. 

Trying to keep the Colonels in it, Jones netted his team's next 11 points, but Amherst kept the pressure on, outscoring Curry 22-13 during a 5:57 stretch late in the second half to go up 24 with just under two and a half minutes remaining.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Western New England at 7:30 p.m.

Willy Workman '13 (Amherst)

Tom Killian '14 (Amherst)
Sedale Jones '13 (Curry)
A.J. Stephens '14 (Curry)
Mike Dias '15 (Colby Sawyer)
Steve Rosemond '14 (Newbury)