Amherst moves on to NCAA Division 3 semifinals in men’s basketball

Shifting from NESCAC play to the NCAA Division 3 tournament hasn’t been a problem for Amherst, which rolled to its third straight double-digit win of the postseason with a 101-82 rout of Cabrini (Pa.) in the quarterfinal round in Salem, Va., Friday.

The Lord Jeffs (28-2) will carry a 22-game winning streak into Saturday’s semifinal against North Central (Ill.), which eliminated Middlebury Friday. It’s Amherst’s first semifinal appearance since 2008.

Willy Workman scored 21 points for the Jeffs, who shot 53 percent from the field. Aaron Toomey and David Kalemba added 17 points apiece.

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North Central (Ill.) 77, Middlebury 65 — Vince Kmiec put up 31 points as the Cardinals (28-3) took out the Panthers (25-4) in Salem. Joey Kizel led Middlebury with 16 points.

St. Thomas (Minn.) 82, Williams 79 — After trailing by 8 with less than a minute left in Salem, the Ephs (25-6) nearly forced overtime but James Klemm’s tying 3-point attempt was blocked with five seconds to play and Daniel Wohl’s 3-pointer came after the buzzer.

Klemm had 20 points for Williams, matching the total Will DeBerg had for the top-ranked Tommies (30-1). In the semfinals, St. Thomas will take on Mary Hardin-Baylor, which ousted St. Mary’s (Md.), 69-66.