Toomey's 34 lifts Amherst past NYU
Lord Jeffs set to make 10th appearence in round of 16
AMHERST, Mass. -- Aaron Toomey scored a career-high 34 points and added five assists to lead Amherst to an 80-56 win against NYU Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship.
Amherst improves to 26-2 with its 30th consecutive win in LeFrak Gymnasium, also bumping its overall win streak to 14 games. The Lord Jeffs will face Franklin & Marshall College next Friday in the tournament’s round of 16.
Making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998, NYU closes its season at 21-6. The Violets had been 12-0 against teams outside of the UAA this season, but that streak came to a close after they shot 7-for-24 (.292) from long range and fell victim to several big Amherst runs.
Down 14-9 early, junior Devin Karch netted six-straight points to give NYU its first lead with 10:41 remaining in the opening period. Still trailing by one at 19-18, Amherst senior Taylor Barrise buried a three to kick-start a 7-0 run that made it 25-19.
With NYU pulling back within two on an Andy Stein layup at the 4:26 mark, the Jeffs scored 12 of the half’s final 14 points, getting six from Allen Williamson ’13 during that span, to take a 40-28 lead into the intermission.
Hoping to set the tone to start the second, Carl Yaffe netted five of the frame’s first six points, trimming the Jeff advantage to eight, but an 18-4 Amherst run over the next 8:31 gave the home team a 22-point cushion.
After trading baskets on consecutive possessions after the Yaffe triple, Jeff Holmes connected down low to make it 45-35 before five-straight Toomey points pushed the lead to 15. David Waller and Barrise then knocked down back-to-back treys to make it 56-35 before a Cory Stockmal three momentarily stemmed the Amherst tide. Coming back down the floor, Peter Kaasila drained his first triple of the season - and just the third of his career - to cap off the decisive run.
Looking to keep pace, NYU trimmed the margin to 17 on a Yaffe free throw at 5:35, but Amherst answered with a 11-3 run of its own to go up 25 with just 3:23 remaining in regulation.
Toomey went 9-for-14 from the floor and 14-for-15 from the charity stripe en route to his career-high 34 points. Junior Willy Workman (Northampton, Mass.) put together another solid all-around effort, adding eight points, nine boards and three blocks, while Barrise and Williamson combined for 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Stockmal led NYU with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting, while Yaffe added 11 points with five rebounds. Stein added nine points and four boards on 4-for-9 shooting.
Improving to 28-14 all-time in NCAA championship play, Amherst will make its 10th appearance in the tournament’s round of 16.