Posted: Saturday March 23, 2013 10:48 PM

Amherst advances to NCAA Division III final

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SALEM, Va. (AP) - Allen Williamson had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Amherst to a 52-44 victory over North Central College on Saturday night in the NCAA Division III semifinals.

The Lord Jeffs (29-2), the Division III national champions in 2007, advanced to the title game against Mary Hardin-Baylor at Philips Arena in Atlanta on April 7. Mary Hardin-Baylor beat St. Thomas 74-67.

Amherst won despite missing its first 13 shots to start the second half and shooting 31.3 percent (15 of 48). The Lord Jeffs put together a late 7-2 run, using two baskets from Williamson, to take a 46-40 lead with 4:04 left.

Williamson scored the Lord Jeffs' last four points, including a two-handed dunk with 35 seconds left.

North Central College (28-4) got 20 points from Landon Gamble. The Cardinals shot 28.6 percent from the floor (16 of 56).

 
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