After two trips to the NCAA Division 3 Final Four without a victory, Amherst didn't want to face its third consolation game in four years.
It won't have to after dominating early and then prevailing in a back-and-forth contest down the stretch for a 67-60 victory against Wooster last night in Salem, Va.
"We've been here twice in similar situations and given it back," Amherst coach David Hixon said. "These are uncharted waters for us."
Tim McLaughlin scored 16 points and Andrew Olson had 15 for Amherst (29-2), which will play defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan today for the title.
The Flying Scots (29-4) trailed by as many as 18 in the first half and by 14 at intermission, but used a 21-4 run at the start of the second half to take the lead for the first time at 46-43 on James Cooper's 3-pointer.
McLaughlin answered with one for Amherst, and it was close the rest of the way.
Va. Wesleyan 67, Washington-Mo. 65 -- TonTon Balenga hit two free throws with 1:10 to play to break a tie, lifting the Marlins (28-4) into the title game.
Washington's Zach Kelly hit a shot with no time on the clock, but the officials ruled it was released after the buzzer.