2014 Men's Basketball Championship Schedule

Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 22
No. 8 Colby 72 No. 1 Amherst 82 Hosted by Amherst - Amherst, Mass. Final Stats | Recap
No. 7 Tufts 77 No. 2 Williams 87 Hosted by Williams - Williamstown, Mass. Final (OT) Stats | Recap
No. 6 Hamilton 77 No. 3 Middlebury 81 Hosted by Middlebury - Middlebury, Vt. Final Stats | Recap
No. 5 Trinity 71 No. 4 Bowdoin 67 Hosted by Bowdoin - Brunswick, Maine Final (3OT) Stats | Recap
         
Semifinals - Saturday, March 1
No. 5 Trinity 62
No. 1 Amherst 80

Hosted by Amherst - Amherst, Mass.

Final
Stats | Recap
No. 3 Middlebury 75
No. 2 Williams 78

Hosted by Amherst - Amherst, Mass.

Final
Stats | Recap
         
Championship - Sunday, March 2
No. 2 Williams 82
No. 1 Amherst 93

Hosted by Amherst - Amherst, Mass.

Final Stats | Recap

Amherst Wins Third Straight NESCAC Men's Basketball Title

Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

2014 NESCAC Men's Basketball Champions AMHERST, Mass. - Aaron Toomey recorded a triple-double and Tom Killian scored a career-high 31 points to lead the top-seeded Amherst men's basketball team to its third consecutive and seventh total NESCAC title with a 93-82 win over second-seeded Williams at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Amherst (24-3) became the first team in NESCAC Championship history to win three consecutive titles. With seven total, the Jeffs increased their lead over Williams (23-4), who ranks second in the league with four. Amherst also won the previous two meetings against its archrival this season and has now won eight straight. The NCAA announces its 62-team championship field Monday, Mar. 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Toomey scored 12 points, dished out 12 assists and recorded 10 rebounds. The 12 assists tied both a NESCAC Championship record and a career-high. Killian poured in a career-high 31 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He was 4-of-6 from downtown, a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe, and scored 17 of Amherst's first 19 points. He also grabbed seven boards. Two other Jeffs scored in double-figures with Connor Green posting 21 and David Kalema adding 15. Green was 5-of-9 from downtown.

Williams was led by forward Duncan Robinson. Robinson, who averages 16.5 points per game, dropped 26 Sunday on 10-of-15 shooting. Joining him in double-figures was Taylor Epley, Daniel Wohl and Michael Mayer with 16, 11 and 10, respectively. Mayer and Wohl led the team in rebounding with five boards each.

Amherst was terrific from behind-the-arc, going 15-of-30 (50%) while shooting 29-of-56 (51.8%) from the floor and 20-of-27 (74.1%) from the line. Williams was 6-of-11 (54.5%) from three-point range in the first half, but shot just 1-of-12 (8.3%) in the second. It went 30-of-63 (47.6%) for the game from the floor.

Sunday's championship game was extremely even from the opening tip as both teams exchanged baskets early and often. Williams' leading scorer Mayer scored the first bucket of the game with a dunk 16 seconds into play. On Amherst's following possession, Green evened the score to set the tone early in a first half that featured eight lead changes and eight ties.

Leading the way for Amherst in the opening minutes was Killian,who carried the team with 17 of the Jeffs' first 19 points. Tied at 10-10, Toomey found his classmate for an alley-oop that ignited the home crowd and gave Amherst the lead.

Minutes later, Toomey drilled one from downtown to put Amherst up 22-17. The largest margin of the game was quickly erased as Epley and Ryan Kilcullen tied the game at 23-23 following back-to-back three-pointers. At the 9:49 mark, Epley connected on the Ephs' third straight three-pointer to put the visitors ahead for the first time since the 15:03 mark.

Tied at 28-28 with 8:12 remaining in the half, Williams went on a 9-0 run led by a steal and dunk from Wohl. Amherst cut into the deficit over the next several minutes until a deep three-pointer from Green gave the home team a 39-37 lead.

In the closing seconds of the half, a three-pointer from Robinson put Williams up four, but Amherst answered nicely on the other end as Toomey found Connor Gach in the corner for a three-pointer six seconds before time expired. Williams held a 45-44 lead at the break. Killian finished the half with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 from downtown and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line. Robinson led Williams with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, 3-of-4 from behind-the-arc and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe.

The intensity picked up in the second exactly where it left off. David Kalema got things started, hitting a three-pointer on the opening possession to put the home team ahead by two. Williams tied the game the next time down the court, but Kalema answered with a floater just outside the paint. 

Amherst grabbed a seven-point lead at the 10:10 mark, its largest of the game at that point, when Kalema connected on a pair of free-throws to give the home team a 71-64 advantage. Williams would cut into the margin and a dunk from Wohl put the visitors down two.

However, Killian responded on the team's next possession with a three-pointer to spark a 16-4 Amherst run capped off by a pair of free-throws from the senior. Less than two minutes later, Green went to the line and hit both attempts to give the Jeffs their largest lead of the game, up 91-76 with 1:13 remaining. The 16-4 run from 9:20 to 2:50 proved to be enough for Amherst, as the Jeffs cruised in the closing minutes for the 93-82 win.

2014 Men's Basketball Championship Format

2014 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship  
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 22

hosted by Higher Seeds
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, March 1
hosted by Highest Remaining Seed
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Other Quarterfinal Winners 
Championship - Sunday, March 2
hosted by Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Winners

Format

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Basketball Championship. First round games will be conducted on Saturday, February 22, 2013 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, respectively. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Seeding

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. The top four seeds will host quarterfinal games with the number one seed drawing the number 8 seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed with the highest remaining seed after quarterfinal action hosting both the semifinal and final rounds.

Pairings

Pairings will be announced Saturday, February 15.

Tie Breaking Procedures

Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams. The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken. In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie. For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled. Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.