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No. 12 Amherst Downs Berea at Bahama House Classic

January 2, 2002

John Kloepfer '04
Sophomore sharpshooter John Kloepfer poured in a career-high 13 points off the bench
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Led by team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds from junior center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) and a game-high seven assists by junior point guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH), the 12th ranked Amherst College men's basketball team stormed past Berea (KY) College, 78-62, in the second round of the Bahama House Classic, Wednesday afternoon at Embry-Riddle University.

Fitzsimons paced four Amherst players in double figures, including first-year forward Andrew Schiel (Abbington, PA), who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore sharpshooter John Kloepfer (Buffalo, NY) added a career-high 13 points in just 13 minutes off the bench, while junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) rounded out Amherst's top scorers with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting.

The Jeffs led wire-to-wire as Fitzsimons and Zieja scored 12 of the team's first 14 points to ignite a 34-14 Amherst run over the first 13 minutes. Berea battled back, however, and cut the lead to 13 points (32-45) at the break on a three pointer by Jon Haston.

After Berea's Andrew Cash opened the second half with a jumper to bring the Mountaineers within 11, the Jeffs countered with a pair of layups by Fitzsimons and a three-pointer by senior tri-captain Pat Taverna (Whitesboro, NY) to extend the lead back to 18. It was all Amherst from there as Kloepfer's third three-pointer gave the Jeffs their largest lead, 77-49, with 6:21 left in regulation.

Berea managed to close the game with a 10-0 run as Amherst head coach David Hixon emptied his bench in the waning minutes, but it was too little, too late for the Mountaineers, who fell to 5-9 with the loss.

Amherst improved to 7-2 with the victory, rebounding from a 93-86 loss to tournament host Embry-Riddle on Tuesday. The Jeffs return to action on Wednesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. against visiting non-league foe Colby-Sawyer.

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