AMHERST, Massachusetts -- The Amherst College men's basketball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the ECAC New England Championship. This is the third time in four years that the Jeffs have earned a berth in the regional tournament after winning back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. Amherst and Trinity are tied with four ECAC Division III titles as the most in New England history.
Amherst enters the post-season with a 19-4 record after jumping out to its best start in school history. The Jeffs won their first 13 games before dropping a contest as they peaked as the top team in the region and No. 5 in the nation. With a 3-1 record against Wesleyan and Williams, Amherst won a split of the Little III title with the archrival Ephs for the second year in a row.
Senior center Billy Skorupski (North Hatfield, MA) and sophomore guard Pat Mulvey (Rye, NH) lead the Jeffs with 14.0 points per game, while tri-captain John Pavelski (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) chips in 13.7 with each showing. Amherst has registered a trio of triple-digit games, most recently a 110-86 win over Wesleyan to close out the regular season. Mulvey posted a career-high 31 points as one of five Lord Jeffs in double digits.
Amherst hosts No. 8 seed Emerson at 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 4 in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The Lions bring a 20-5 record into LeFrak as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Champion. Junior Sam Presti (West Concord, MA) paces Emerson with 15.6 points per game, while classmate Tim Kelley (Woburn, MA) pulls down 5.9 rebounds for the Lions.
Semifinal games will be held at the higher seeds on Friday, March 6, and the Championship will be decided at the highest remaining seed on Sunday, March 8. This is the 26th year that the Eastern College Athletic Conference has sponsored a Division III New England men's basketball championship.
Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 4, 7:00pm
No. 8 Emerson (20-5) at No. 1 Amherst (19-4)
No. 7 Plymouth State (19-7) at No. 2 Colby Sawyer (22-4)
No. 6 Bridgewater State (16-10) at No. 3 Wentworth (21-6)
No. 5 Keene State (19-4) at No. 4 Worcester State (18-9)
Semifinals: Friday, March 5, 7:00pm
Winner Nos. 1/8 v. Winner Nos. 4/5
Winner Nos. 2/7 v. Winner Nos. 3/6
Championship: Sunday, March 8, 2:00pm
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