No. 2 Amherst rolls by Emmanuel
Toomey records fifth consecutive 20-point game in victory
AMHERST, Mass. -- Jeff Holmes and Willy Workman each recorded a double-double during second-ranked Amherst's 100-76 victory against Emmanuel on Tuesday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium.
Aaron Toomey added his fifth consecutive 20-point game for the Jeffs (7-0), using a 5-for-8 performance from three-point range to finish with 20 points and a career-high eight assists. Holmes had 18 points and 12 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting, while Workman totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks for his second double-double in as many games.
Emmanuel (2-4) was paced by 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from Isaiah Duke, while Josh Welles and Michael Mailhot chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Theo Robinson had a great game off the bench, finishing with 13 points and a team-high 11 boards, six of which came on the offensive glass.
Amherst knocked down 12 of its first 14 shots and made nine in a row in the early going, concluding an impressive stretch with a three-point play by Workman. Still, the Saints hung with the Jeffs by shooting over 50 percent for the majority of the half and trailed by only three with 2:25 to go after a jumper by Duke.
The Jeffs would close out the opening period on an 8-1 run to carry a 48-38 lead into the locker room. Emmanuel got 14 first-half points from Duke, who still had his team in the game after Amherst shot 61.5 percent overall and 80 percent at the line in the opening 20 minutes.
Welles accounted for Emmanuel’s first five points of the second period and Duke made it a five-point contest at 58-53 with 13:45 remaining in regulation, but the rest of the game belonged to the Lord Jeffs, who pushed their lead to 22 after a 21-4 run that was capped off by a layup from David Waller.
Amherst was ahead by at least 20 points for the final 9:12 of the game, increasing their lead to 29 after a three-pointer by Connor Gach. Robinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints in the second half alone, but the Lord Jeff bench preserved the lead and held on for the 100-76 win.
Thirteen players scored for the Jeffs, who bumped their home win streak to 19 games and recorded at least 90 points for the fifth time this season. Allen Williamson gave Amherst a spark off the bench, as he finished with 11 points and four rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting.