Behind three double-doubles, Amherst moves past Plattsburgh State
AMHERST, Mass. -- David George finished one block shy of a triple-double as Amherst routed Plattsburgh State 87-63 in the sectional semifinals of the NCAA Division III championship at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst returns to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season and improves to 26-3 overall. They will host Morrisville State at 7 p.m. ET Saturday in the sectional finals. Plattsburgh State’s impressive 2013-14 season comes to an end as it finishes the year with a 24-6 mark. The Cardinals also dropped an 89-72 contest against the Jeffs in the second round of the tournament last year.
George, Aaron Toomey and Tom Killian all finished with double-doubles. George led the way with 13 points on 5 of 6 shoting with 11 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks. He now has 78 total blocks on the season, setting a single-season Amherst record. He surpassed Pat Fitzsimons ’03 who blocked 76 shots in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Toomey recorded his third consecutive double-double and sixth this season with 15 points, and also tied a career high with 12 assists. The all-time leading scorer in program history finished one point shy of 2,000 for his career. Killian posted a game-high 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting and 4 of 6 from downtown while pulling in 10 boards. Connor Green and David Kalema scored 15 and 12, respectively, as the entire starting lineup finished in double-figures.
Four of the Cardinals starters finished with double-digits as John Perez led the way with 16 and a team-high eight rebounds. Edward Correa, Shamoy McIntosh and Ezra Hodgson all finished with 11. McIntosh went 6-for-6 from the line and dished out a team-high four assists.
As a team, the Jeffs shot 55.4 percent (31 of 56) from the floor, 44.8 percent (13 of 29) from downtown and 80.0 percent (12 of 15) from the charity stripe. They out rebounded Plattsburgh State 45-27, and held the Cardinals to 34.8 percent (23 of 66) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6 of 21) from behind the arc and 64.7 percent (11-for-17) from the free-throw line.
Amherst came out hot to start the game as Kalema got things started with a 3-pointer to lead a 7-0 run within 1:41 of play. Perez hit a layup shortly after to end the run and consecutive treys from Correa cut the deficit to two at the 16:33 mark, 11-9.
The Jeffs grabbed its first double-digit lead of the game at the halfway point of the first when Jacob Nabatoff threw down a dunk to ignite the home crowd and put Amherst up 27-16. Plattsburgh State’s Shavar Fields hit a layup to put the game back in single digits at 8:11 but Toomey responded with a lay-up of his own to spark an 8-0 Jeff run.