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Men's Hoop Evens Conference Record with 86-71 Win Over Tufts

January 26, 2002

Andrew Schiel '05
First-year forward Andrew Schiel led four Amherst players in double figures with a career-high 20 points
AMHERST, MA - After posting its first conference win of the season Friday night against Bates, the Amherst College men's basketball team evened its league record at 2-2 with a lopsided 86-71 win over visiting NESCAC rival Tufts University (10-7/1-2 NESCAC) on Saturday. First-year forward Andrew Schiel (Abbington, PA) led four Amherst players in double figures with a career-high 20 points.

The Jeffs opened the game on fire with sophomore sharpshooter Adam Harper (Washington, DC) nailing a three-pointer off the opening tip, a long-range bomb that ignited an unbelievable 30-5 Amherst run over the first 10:36. The Jeffs shot a blistering 10-for-13 during the barrage and forced Tufts into 11 of their 16 first half turnovers, four of which came on steals by Harper. Both teams settled down after that and Amherst's lead stayed right around 25 points for the rest of the half. The Jeffs shot an even 68.0% (17-for-25) before the break, including a 7-for-10 showing from three-point range, all but cementing the win before halftime.

Tufts upped its defensive intensity with full-court pressure in the second half and managed to shrink the deficit to 15 points with 8:01 remaining. Time ran out on the Jumbos' comeback attempt, however, as the Jeffs answered with an 8-0 run - capped by a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) - and led by no less than 19 points the rest of the way.

Joining Schiel in double figures, Harper and junior forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) each poured in 13 points, while Jones added a career-high 11 off the bench.

Junior guard Mike McGlynn (Medford, MA) paced Tufts with a game-high 26 points on the strength of five three-pointers, while first-year forward Reggie Stovell (Washington, DC) and junior center Colin Wetherill (Wilmington, DE) each added 13. Stovell also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

The win moved Amherst closer to the top of the pack in the NESCAC standings. After Williams College's surprise 84-54 loss at Bowdoin College on Saturday, three teams - Bowdoin, Williams and Trinity College - sit atop the conference with matching 3-1 league marks. Amherst is just behind at 2-2 (13-4 overall).

The Jeffs return to action next Saturday at 3 p.m. for a key NESCAC matchup against visiting Trinity.

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