Amherst Ranked No. 1 in Northeast
11-0 Lord Jeffs Jump out to Best Start in Program's History

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst men's basketball holds on to the No. 1 ranking in the Northeast as the Lord Jeffs post a perfect 11-0 record so far this season. After registering a pair of wins last week, the Jeffs rose from 10th to No. 5 in the nation. Polls are listed below with records through January 19.

Since the announcement of the January 19 rankings, the Jeffs posted their 11th straight victory for the best start in the 96-year history of the program. Prior to this season, Amherst had jumped out to a 10-0 start in 1995-96 before falling to Babson, who the 1997-98 team will host on Tuesday. The three seniors on the current squads had been in their rookie season in '95-'96, when the Jeffs won the first of back-to-back ECAC Championships.

The Jeffs cruised to seven wins on the road before out-lasting their four most recent opponents with a deep and talented bench. Amherst squeaked by Wheaton 89-87 before rallying to defeat Little III foe Wesleyan, 74-68. Hosting archrival Williams, the Jeffs rotated ten players into the 79-68 victory over the then-4th best team in the country. Last night, Amherst added an 82-68 win over 9th-ranked Trinity.

Leading the offensive has been sophomore starter Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH), who has averaged over 15-points since the beginning of 1998. The guard has drained a team-high 19 from behind the arc, including key buckets to re-spark the offense. Classmate Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) has come off the bench to flash a hot hand lately, notching double figures in four of his last five showings. Senior tri-captain Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) has been a force on the glass, pulling down 8.5 rebounds a game while putting up 13.5 points in each showing. The center also has 14 blocks and 11 steals this season.

The Jeffs are idle until Tuesday's matchup with the Beavers, scheduled as the second half of a double-header. Amherst women's basketball will face Wellesley at 6:00pm, and the men's tip is slated for 8:00pm in LeFrak Gymnasium. The following weekend, the Amherst men will play their first weekend of NESCAC competition in the league's first year as a playing conference. Currently 2-0 in the NESCAC, the Jeffs will next travel to Middlebury on Friday, January 30 for a 7:00pm start. Amherst will face Williams for the second time the next day in Williamstown as the Jeffs look for their first sweep of the Ephs since the 1988-89 season.

National Top 10 (Columbus Multimedia)
1. Nebraska Wesleyan (13-0)
2. Wis.-Platteville (13-0)
3. Lebanon Valley (11-1)
4. Hope (15-1)
5. Amherst (10-0)
6. Hampden-Sydney (12-1)
7. Springfield, MA (11-1)
8. St. Lawrence (10-0)
9. Trinity, CT (9-1)
10. Christopher Newport (13-1)

NCAA Northeast Region
1. Amherst (10-0)
2. Williams (8-1)
3. Salem State (10-1)
  Springfield (11-1)
5. Connecticut College (10-1)
6. Colby-Sawyer (10-1)
  Trinity (9-1)
Honorable mention: Bowdoin (8-3); Keene State (9-3); Plymouth State (8-4)

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