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Jeffs Steamroll Brandeis, 92-73

February 12, 2002

From a Brandeis University Release

Adam Harper '04
Sophomore guard Adam Harper finished with 17 points, four boards and a game-high six steals
WALTHAM, MA - Junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) and sophomore guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) combined for 34 points and Amherst shot a scorching 54.2% (39-for-72) from the field en route to a 92-73 non-conference men's basketball win at Brandeis University on Tuesday night. Brandeis (8-14) senior forward Rashad Williams led all scorers with 21 points.

Junior forward Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) scored 13 points and Zieja added 10 points to lead Amherst to a 42-35 lead at the break. Williams had 12 points to pace Brandeis and freshman guard C.J. Enere contributed 10 first half points. The game remained close in the second half and a free throw by Enere cut the Amherst lead to four, 58-54, with 11:41 left. At that point, Amherst went on a 24-3 run to go ahead 82-57 on a Harper lay-up at the 5:32 mark. Harper keyed the spurt by scoring ten points during the decisive run.

Zieja added a team high seven rebounds and canned all four of his free throws in his 17-point night. Harper hit 8-of-14 shots from the floor for 17 points, four rebounds and a game-high six steals. Fitzsimons nailed all seven of his shots from the field to add 15 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) connected of five of his seven shots and was the fourth starter in double figures, adding 12 points and handing out a game high six assists.

Williams hit on nine of 17 from the field and all three of his free throws in his 21-point night. He tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Enere finished with 15 points and five assists. Junior center Jason Roberts was the third starter in double figures, hitting three of five from the field and canning all four of his free throws to add 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Jeffs (16-6/3-4 NESCAC) conclude their regular season this Friday and Saturday with a pair of key conference matchups against visiting Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, with a spot in the seven-team NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament at stake. Amherst can clinch a Tournament berth with a win over Colby on Saturday, or a win over Bowdoin on Friday combined with a Wesleyan victory at Tufts. Furthermore, the Jeffs can host a first-round tournament game by sweeping Bowdoin and Colby, combined with a pair of weekend losses by either Conn. College or Bowdoin.

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