Amherst survives 3OT barnburner

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Willy Workman carried the load for the No. 2 Lord Jeffs at No. 3 Middlebury, including an eye-popping play in the second overtime.
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Willy Workman made what could be the play of the year in Division III men's basketball in the second overtime and Aaron Toomey capped it off with a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left in the third OT as No. 2 Amherst won a barnburner at No. 3 Middlebury 104-101 in triple overtime on Tuesday night.

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Toomey's shot redeemed him for a night in which he shot 5-for-24 and just 2-for-11 from 3-point range. He missed shots late in regulation and the first overtime that would have won the game for the Lord Jeffs, who improve to 22-2, 10-0 in the NESCAC and claim the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Amherst had led by as many as 14 in the second half and was up by double digits as late as with 6:50 left in regulation before the Lord Jeffs went cold from the field. Middlebury went on a 13-1 run, a span in which Jake Wolfin made two 3-pointers and Joey Kizel added one of his own. Nolan Thompson made one of two free throws with 33 seconds left to give the Panthers (21-2, 8-2) a 68-67 lead, and after a Peter Kaasila putback, Kizel made one of two with six seconds left to force overtime.

Wolfin scored 10 points in the first overtime for Middlebury and Workman went 5-for-6 from the line in the first overtime to provide most of the offense for Amherst. In the second extra session, Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to give the Panthers an 88-87 lead and Hunter Merryman added two free throws to make it a three-point lead with nine seconds left. Middlebury fouled Toomey with six seconds left, just after he crossed midcourt and he missed one of two to leave the Jeffs down by a pair. Wolfin missed one of two free throws on the other end with five seconds left to make it a three-point game.

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