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Roundup: Amherst men move on to Division 3 semifinals

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.

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

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.

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