WATERVILLE, Maine -- Held without a field goal for a stretch of 10:11 in the second half, third-ranked Amherst saw its 25-game regular season conference win streak come to an end with an 80-75 loss to NESCAC rival Colby.
Suffering its first loss in nine games and first league defeat since Feb. 12, 2011 at Williams (74-70), Amherst falls to 16-3 (5-1 NESCAC) on the season, while Colby improved to 10-8 (2-4 NESCAC) on the year. Including the conference championships, the two-time defending NESCAC champion Jeffs had won 31 consecutive games against league opponents entering Friday's contest.
For Colby, Patrick Stewart had 25 points, including a 5-for-10 effort from 3-point range, to lead the Mules. Sam Willson came off the bench and shot 6-for-8 on the way to 14 points and five boards. Chris Hudnut finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Ryan Jann had 10 points and eight boards, Connor O'Neil added nine points and five assists, and Luke Westman had seven points and five assists.
Amherst received 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists from Aaron Toomey, the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year last season. David Kalema added 14 points, while Ben Pollack had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Connor Green finished with nine points and seven boards.
Colby had to play a flawless game to win and the Mules were up to the task. The winners shot 50.8 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. The Mules had 23 assists on their 30 made field goals and had just seven turnovers. Amherst came into the game as the highest scoring team in the NESCAC at 87.4 points a game.
No. 7 Washington (Mo.) 78, Rochester (N.Y.) 75
Rochester, N.Y. -- Washington (Mo.) outscored Rochester (N.Y.) 13-2 in the final 3:55 as the Bears remained perfect in conference play with a 78-75 win on Friday night.
Washington U. improves to 15-2, 6-0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, while Rochester falls to 7-10, 1-5 in conference action.
Senior forward Chris Klimek scored a game-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds as he recorded the fifth double-double of his career. Junior forward Matt Palucki (16 points, six rebounds), senior guard Alan Aboona (14 points, eight assists), junior forward Nick Burt (13 points, seven rebounds) and senior guard Tim Cooney (11 points, six rebounds) also scored in double figures in the win for the Bears.
Washington U. shot 42.3 percent (30-71) from the field and committed a season-low seven turnovers in the win. The Bears won the game on the offensive glass, turning 18 offensive rebounds into a 19-4 advantage in second-chance points.