WALTHAM, Mass. — Four different Jeffs scored in double figures as seventh-ranked Amherst held off regional rival Brandeis at Red Auerbach Arena 75-70.
Taking its largest lead of the game thanks to a 12-3 run that made it 69-52 with 5:26 remaining in regulation, Amherst staved off a furious Brandeis rally that saw the Judges get as close as four with 12 seconds left.
Picking up their second win against Brandeis in three meetings, the Jeffs bounced back from their first setback of the season to move to 6-1 on the year, while the Judges fell to 6-3. With the win, head coach David Hixon improved to 699-253 in his career. In the midst of his 37th season at his alma mater, Hixon will get his first chance to reach the 700-win plateau when Amherst travels to Babson on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Scoring 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, Jeff senior Aaron Toomey was 7-for-15 from the field, 4-for-9 from 3-point range and 9-for-11 from the line, while adding six assists and four rebounds. Connor Green connected on four of his five field goal attempts for 12 points, while David Kalema and Tom Killian each chipped in with 11.
Gabriel Moton paced Brandeis with 22 points, going 14-for-15 from the free throw line, while Youri Dascy had 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Ben Bartoldus was the only other Judge in double digits with 13 points and six boards.