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Harper's Defense, Scoring Lead No. 12 Amherst Past Colby-Sawyer, 86-62

January 9, 2002

Adam Harper '04
Sophomore sharpshooter Adam Harper energized the Jeffs with game-highs of 18 points and six steals
AMHERST, MA - Playing just his third game since returning from a stress fracture in his left foot, sophomore guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) posted game-highs of six steals and 18 points to energize the Amherst College men's basketball past visiting Colby-Sawyer College, 86-62, on Wednesday night. The Jeffs, ranked 12th in the nation according to the latest Basketball America Division III Poll, improved to 8-2 with the win, at the expense of Colby-Sawyer's (8-3) four game winning streak.

After trailing by two points just over 2:35 into the game, Amherst junior center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) gave the Jeffs a 7-6 lead they would never relinquish, completing a three-point play in transition off a nifty feed from first-year phenom Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY). The score remained tight, however, with Amherst extending the lead to no more than eight points before the break. Sophomore forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) gave the Jeffs a 45-39 advantage just before the halftime buzzer on a gorgeous up-and-under move, and the momentum seemed to carry over into the second half, when Amherst would blow the game wide-open with a 28-7 run over the final 10 minutes.

Along with Harper's dynamic play, balanced scoring and dominance on the boards were key factors for the Jeffs, who placed five players in double figures and outrebounded the Chargers 38-20. Junior forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) and Fitzsimons poured in 13 and 12 points, respectively, and tied for the game-high with eight rebounds each. First-year forward Andrew Schiel (Abbington, PA) added 12 points off the bench on 5-for-8 shooting, while sophomore sharpshooter John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) rounded out Amherst's top scorers with 11 points.

Colby-Sawyer senior center Grant Kelly (Bedford, NH) led the Chargers with 18 points, followed by first-year forward Chris Condon (Reading, MA) with 13 and junior forward Ethan Betts (Strong, ME) with 10.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 8 p.m. for a non-league tilt against visiting 17th ranked NESCAC rival Williams College.

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