By Matt Noonan
This week’s basketball notebook features some news and notes about Amherst College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Last night, the men’s squad provided head coach, David Hixon, with his 700th career victory as the Lord Jeffs defeated Babson College, 90-77. According to the sports information department’s release, Hixon is now 700-253 on the sidelines and now ranks fourth all-time in Division III in career victories.
Hixon, who is in his 37th season with the Purple and White, owns a .735 winning percentage, which ranks seventh all-time. He’s also guided the Jeffs to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and two national titles in 2006-07 and 2012-13.
This season, Hixon’s bunch, which is currently ranked No. 7 in the most recent D3Hoops.com poll, owns a 7-1 overall record and will enjoy some time off before returning to the hardwood on Wednesday, January 1 when they take on Nova Southeastern.
Additional Notes From Thursday’s Win: Senior Tim Killian poured in a career-best 27 points against the Beavers, along with seven rebounds. Classmate Aaron Toomey registered 23 points, while sophomore Connor Green added 26 points.
Amherst Women’s Extend Home Winning Streak To 92: Against Bridgewater State University, Amherst extended its home winning to 92 straight contests as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Bears, 86-73.
Junior Megan Robertson and sophomore Marley Giddins each registered a double-double in their team’s eight win. Robertson finished with 18 points and 12 boards, while Giddins recorded 23 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Amherst is currently 8-0 overall and will return to action on Saturday, December 28 when they take on Vassar College in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tip is scheduled for 9 p.m.