Jeffs Upend Conn. College, 77-67

Workman Contact: Ben Badua

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Willy Workman '13 poured in a team-high 18 points to help lead the 22nd-ranked Amherst men's basketball team to a 77-67 victory over NESCAC rival Connecticut College.

Hitting 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc, Workman added six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals to round out a solid effort. Connor Green '16 chipped in with 16 points and five boards, while David Kalema '14 was the only other Jeff in double figures with 13.

Matt Vadas '14 paced the Camels with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Mason Lopez '14 and Bo McKinley '16 had 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Tied at 3-3, Amherst reeled off a 9-2 run, building a seven-point cushion on a Tom Killian '14 triple. Conn. College responded with six unanswered, paring the deficit to one on a Pat Deegan '15 jumper at 12:23. Rebuilding their lead, the Jeffs netted 11 of the game's next 13 points over a span of 2:48, going up 23-13 on a Green trey.

Putting together a 5-1 spurt, the Camels cut the margin in half, pulling within five on a McKinley free throw, but Amherst came right back with a 17-5 run to push the lead to 41-24. Ben Pollack '16 got the streak started with a layup at 6:56 before five-straight Kalema points upped the cushion to 12. A Killian three-pointer later extended the lead to 15 before Allen Williamson '13 capped off the run with a jumper.

Up 42-30 at the break, Williamson opened the second half scoring with a dunk before a Kalema three-pointer staked the visitors to a 17-point edge. Battling back, the Camels strung together a 12-3 run, cutting the difference to eight on a Lopez three-point play. Green ended the rally with five-straight points before a pair of Pollack free throws upped the margin to 15.

Holding onto a 63-52 lead with under six minutes to play, Workman drained a try from long distance before a Kalema layup after a Green block pushed the cushion to 16. Hoping to keep pace, Lopez netted the contest's next six points to pull the home team within 10 at 4:13, but that was as close as the home side would get, with Amherst doing just enough down the stretch to hold off a late charge.

With the Camels holding a 41-38 rebounding edge and a 24-12 advantage in points in the paint, the Jeffs did much of their damage outside, knocking down 12-of-23 three-point attempts (52.2 percent). 

Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 11 at Hamilton.