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Amherst sweeps NESCAC finals

A block from Allen Williamson with less than five seconds remaining helped preserve a second consecutive NESCAC Championship for the Amherst College men’s basketball team and clinch a conference title sweep Sunday for the Lord Jeffs.

The Lord Jeffs beat conference rival Williams 74-73 at home and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 Championship.

The women also defeated Williams, 53-38, in the opener of the doubleheader and head to the NCAA tournament.

Men’s basketball

The title was Amherst’s sixth title in program history.

The game had 14 lead changes and Amherst’s seven point lead in the first half was the largest lead for either team.

Willy Workman (six points, seven rebounds) of Northampton made two free-throws late to give Amherst a 72-69 lead.

Williamson (17 points) added a pair of free throws before his game-saving block.

Peter Kaasila scored 10 and reached 1,000 points for his career.

The Lord Jeffs beat Tufts 80-64 at home on Saturday in the semifinals.

Williamson led Amherst with 19 points. Workman added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Women’s basketball

Marcia Voigt scored 21 points as Amherst beat Williams and captured its fourth consecutive NESCAC Championship in Amherst Sunday.

Voigt scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half when Amherst (26-1) pulled away after leading 18-17 at halftime.

Megan Robertson had 12 points on 5-for-5 from the floor. Jasmine Hardy added six points and eight rebounds for the Lord Jeffs.

In Saturday’s 60-45 semifinal win against Bowdoin, Voigt (14 points) became the 14th player in school history with 1,000 points.

Wellesley 73, Smith College 61 — Paulina Solis scored a game-high 19 points for the second-seeded Pioneers (22-4) in their semifinal loss in the NEWMAC tournament Saturday at Babson Park.

Devon Quattrocchi had 11 points.

Babson 66, Wellesley 55; Babson 51, WPI 35 — Freshman Kristen Ferola of Amherst scored 10 points in each of the NEWMAC semifinals and finals as the Beavers (25-2) earned their fifth consecutive conference championship.

In the title game against Wellesley Sunday at home, Ferola added three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

In Saturday’s semis, she had four rebounds.

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