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Hixon Wins 400th as Men's Basketball Routs Worcester St., 74-47

December 11, 2001

Head Coach Dave Hixon
After the game, Amherst's players and coaching staff presented Hixon with a plaque commemorating his milestone 400th victory
AMHERST, MA - Men's basketball coach Dave Hixon posted his 400th career victory Tuesday night as the 13th ranked Jeffs (6-1) shellacked visiting non-league foe Worcester State College, 74-47, at LeFrak Gymnasium. The win improved Hixon's career record to 400-198 in 25 seasons, making him the 14th winningest active Division III coach in the nation (by total wins) and the 39th winningest coach in NCAA Division III history (by winning percentage - .668).

Junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) paced the Jeffs with a team-high 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while first-year guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY) added 11 points. First-year forward Eric Rhynhart (Cannan, CT) led Worcester St. with a game-high 16 points, as the Lancers fell to 2-8 with the loss.

Worcester St. hung tough early-on, taking advantage of a five-minute Amherst scoring drought to stay within four points of the lead, 20-16, as late as the 9:13-mark in the first half. From there, the Jeffs used a pair of buckets by Corrigan and a mid-range jumper by sophomore sharpshooter John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) to extend the lead to 10 points, en route to a 35-23 halftime advantage.

The lead remained 12 with both teams trading buckets, until - with 10:42 remaining - Faulkner drilled a running one-hander and then stripped Worcester St. junior guard Corey Carangelo (Waterbury, CT) for an easy lay-in, sparking a game-breaking 26-8 Amherst run. Hixon emptied his bench down the stretch and the Jeffs responded with 12 different players cracking the scoring column.

After the game, Amherst's players and coaching staff presented Hixon with a plaque commemorating his milestone 400th victory. In his 25 seasons at Amherst, Hixon has guided the Jeffs to four NCAA Tournaments, 13 ECAC Tournaments and nine Little Three titles, while his 2000-01 club claimed a share of the regular-season NESCAC Championship and ran away with the conference's inaugural Postseason Championship Tournament.

During his tenure, the Jeffs have continually excelled in the postseason, claiming four ECAC Championships (including consecutive titles in 1995 and 1996) and advancing to the NCAA second round in 1997, 2000 and 2001 after a Cinderella run to the NCAA "Elite Eight" in 1994. Last season, Hixon was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Jeffs to a 22-6 overall mark, tying the school record for wins in a season.

After a lengthy holiday layoff, Amherst returns to action on New Year's Day for the first of two games at the Bahama House Classic, hosted by Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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