FINALS WATCH: Amherst in control

ATLANTA (AP) — It took Amherst about 3 minutes to seize control of the Division III title game.

The Lord Jeffs scored the first 10 points, and while Mary Hardin-Baylor never allowed them to stretch that lead much, the Crusaders never managed to trim into it, either.

Amherst has had to play most of the first half without national player of the year Aaron Toomey, who picked up two fouls and earned a seat on the bench next to coach David Hixon.

Amherst led 38-30 at the break.

The highlight, though, belonged to the Crusaders, who picked up a loose ball and passed it ahead to swingman Thomas Orr, who left the entire goal rattling after a thunderous dunk.

— Dave Skretta — http://twitter.com/@APdaveskretta

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