AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Jamal Wilson had 35 points, including 20 in the second half, to lead Amherst to an 83-60 defeat of Colby. This win advances the Jeffs to the second round of the Division III NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, to be played on Saturday at 7:30pm at Williams.
Amherst and Colby fought through ten ties in the first half towards a 35-31 Amherst leadat halftime. But the Jeffs mounted a 17-2 run midway to take an 18-point lead at 68-50 with 6:36 to play in the game behind the 3-point shooting of senior tri-captain Wilson. With his sixth of eight threes, Wilson became Amherst's all-time leading scorer, surpassing the 20-year mark of 1,512 set by Jim Rehnquist in 1977. Wilson now has 1,524 points in his career.
Colby had three players in double figures, including the 12-point, 11-rebound performance of senior co-captain Andrew Black. David McLaughlin and Co-Captain John Hebert added 11- and 16- respectively in the seniors' swan song. With under 30 seconds left to play, Hebert sank a jumper to crack the 1,000-point mark in his career. The co-captain will graduate with 1,001 points to his credit.
The Jeffs outscored Colby 48-29 in the second half to avenge a regular season 81-67 loss to the Mules. Amherst was bolstered by the inside play of juniors Billy Skorupski (14 points) and John Pavelski (18 points, 13 rebounds).
Amherst betters its record to 21-4 as the No. 4 seed in the Northeast, while No. 5 Colby falls to 20-5 for the season. Amherst will travel to Williams (23-2) for the third meeting between the archrivals in a second round game against the region's No. 1 seed. Williams defeated No. 8 Wentworth tonight 76-51 in Williamstown.
No. 5 Colby (20-5) 31 29 -- 60 No. 4 Amherst (21-4) 35 48 -- 83