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2001-02 Archived Men's Basketball Stories

Zieja Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
February 25 - Amherst College junior tri-captain Steve Zieja was named the NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Jeffs to a trio of wins, their second straight NESCAC Postseason Tournament Championship and an automatic bid to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Full Story

Division III Pairings Announced; Jeffs Draw First-Round Bye in NCAA Tournament
Febuary 24 - The Amherst men's basketball team drew one of 16 first-round byes in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, for which pairings were announced Sunday night in Indianapolis. The Jeffs, who won their second straight NESCAC Tournament with an 85-78 victory over Trinity College, will host a second-round game on Saturday against the winner of Thursday's first-round matchup between Salem State College and Western Connecticut State University. Full Story

Men's Hoop Wins Second Consecutive NESCAC Championship With 85-78 Win Over Top-Seeded Trinity
Febuary 24 - Behind 32 points from junior tri-captain Steve Zieja, the men's basketball team downed top-seeded host Trinity College, 85-78, in the title game of the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament on Sunday. With the victory, Amherst (21-6) claimed its second straight conference championship and an automatic bid to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Full Story

Jeffs Advance to Second Straight NESCAC Championship Game with 69-62 Win Over Williams
Febuary 23 - For the second consecutive season, the fourth-seeded men's basketball team eliminated second-seeded archrival Williams College (21-5) from NESCAC Tournament play with a 69-62 win in the tournament semifinals Saturday at Trinity College. With the victory, the defending champion Jeffs improved to 20-6, advancing to Sunday afternoon's NESCAC title game at noon against top-seeded host Trinity. Full Story

Trinity Set to Host NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship This Weekend
Febuary 20 - Top-seeded Trinity College hosts the semifinals and final of the 2002 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship tournament at Oosting Gymnasium with semifinal play on Saturday and the title game on Sunday. In Saturday's first semifinal at 2 p.m., second-seeded Williams (20-4) faces fourth-seeded and defending champion Amherst (19-6). Full Story

Men's Hoop Downs Bowdoin in NESCAC Quarterfinals, 71-61
February 19 - Junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja and classmate Pat Fitzsimons posted a pair of double-doubles, reaching double figures in points and rebounds, to lead the men's basketball team to a 71-61 win over visiting Bowdoin College in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. With the win, Amherst (19-6) advances to the tournament semifinals this Saturday afternoon against Williams, while Bowdoin finishes its season at 16-9. Full Story

Jeffs Earn Fourth-Seed and First-Round Home Game in NESCAC Championship Tourney
February 18 - The Amherst men's basketball team has clinched the fourth seed - and a first-round home game - in the second annual NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, for which matchups were announced this morning. The defending champion Jeffs, who finished the 2001-02 regular season at 18-6 overall and 5-4 in conference play, will host fifth-seeded Bowdoin College (16-8/5-4 NESCAC) Tuesday night at 7:30 at LeFrak Gymnasium. Full Story

Jeffs Clinch Home Playoff Game with 86-73 Win Over Colby
February 16 - Energized by a trio of seniors playing in their final regular season home games, the Amherst College men's basketball team thumped visiting conference rival Colby College, 86-73, on Saturday, earning a home playoff game Tuesday night against Bowdoin College in the first round of the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Full Story

Jeffs Post Key NESCAC Win Over Bowdoin, 85-79
February 15 - The Amherst men's basketball team led the entire game and placed five players in double figures en route to an 85-79 win over visiting NESCAC rival Bowdoin College on Friday night. The victory evened the Jeffs' conference record at 4-4 (17-6 overall), clinching one of seven slots in the upcoming NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Bowdoin fell to 16-7 overall and 5-3 in the NESCAC with the loss. Full Story

Jeffs Steamroll Brandeis, 92-73
February 12 - Junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja and sophomore guard Adam Harper combined for 34 points and Amherst shot a scorching 54.2% from the field en route to a 92-73 non-conference men's basketball win at Brandeis University on Tuesday night. The Jeffs conclude their regular season this Friday and Saturday with a pair of key NESCAC matchups against visiting Bowdoin and Colby Colleges. Full Story

Men's Hoop Falls Victim to Second-Half Surge; Loses at Conn., 73-66
February 9 - The men's basketball team fell at Connecticut College, 73-66, Saturday afternoon. Trailing 38-31 at halftime, the host Camels used a 12-5 run in the first five minutes of the second half to pull even at 43-43. From there Conn. used an 8-1 spurt to grab the lead for good and a three-point field goal by junior guard Joe Trembley put the Camels ahead 51-44 with 12:39 remaining. Full Story

Jeffs Post Conference Win at Wesleyan, 73-59
February 8 - The Amherst men's basketball team jumped into a tie for fourth place in the NESCAC with a 73-59 win at conference and Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday night. Amherst sophomore guard Adam Harper led all scorers with 20 points, while junior center Pat Fitzsimons added 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as the Jeffs improved to 15-5 overall and 3-3 in NESCAC play. Full Story

Zieja Cracks 1,000-point Plateau as Amherst Pounds Salve Regina, 75-56
February 5 - Junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja cracked the career 1,000-point plateau with 16 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as Amherst rolled to a 75-56 non-conference win at Salve Regina University on Tuesday. Junior center Pat Fitzsimons matched Zieja with a team-high 16 points on perfect 8-for-8 shooting, with six points coming on a trio of dunks in the first half. Full Story

Jeffs Drop Triple-Overtime Thriller to Trinity, 110-107
February 2 - Trinity College senior sharpshooter Colin Tabb drained a three-pointer with three seconds left in the third overtime en route to a team-high 34 points as the visiting Bantams edged Amherst College, 110-107, in a marathon NESCAC men's basketball thriller Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium. Full Story

Jeffs Even Conference Record with 86-71 Win Over Tufts
January 26 - 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 led four Amherst players in double figures with a career-high 20 points. Full Story

Jeffs Notch First Conference Win, 92-69, Over Bates
January 25 - Juniors Pat Fitzsimons and Steve Zieja and sophomore sharpshooter Adam Harper combined for 63 points Friday night to lead the men's basketball team to a 92-69 win over visiting NESCAC rival Bates College (12-5/0-2 NESCAC). The Jeffs improved to 12-4 overall with their first conference win of the season, rebounding from an 0-2 start in league play. Full Story

Fitzsimons' Triple-Double Leads Jeffs Past Lasell, 86-75
January 22 - With a two-game losing streak in tow, junior forward Pat Fitzsimons carried the Jeffs on his back Tuesday night, posting his first career triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in an 86-75 win at non-league foe Lasell College. Amherst improved to 11-4 while rebounding from a pair of road conference losses at Williams and Middlebury Colleges, cooling off a hot Lasell club that entered the game with a best-ever 12-3 record to start the season. Full Story

14th Ranked Men's Hoop Falls to 0-2 in Conference Play with 76-69 Loss at Middlebury
January 19 - The Amherst men's basketball team - ranked 14th in the nation according to Basketball America - fell to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play with a 76-69 loss at NESCAC rival Middlebury College (8-7/1-1 NESCAC) on Saturday. The loss was the Jeffs second conference setback in as many days, after a 74-45 defeat at the hands of archrival Williams College on Friday night. Full Story

Men's Hoop Falls at Williams, 74-45
January 18 - In both teams' NESCAC men's basketball opener, Williams College (12-2/1-0 NESCAC) held visiting Little Three rival Amherst College (10-3/0-1 NESCAC) to just 24.6 percent (14-for-57) shooting en route to a 74-45 conference win Friday night at Chandler Gymnasium. Williams' victory snapped a four-game Amherst winning streak in the series, avenging the Jeffs' 72-70 overtime win last Saturday night in Amherst. Full Story

Zieja's 30-Point Outburst Leads 14th Ranked Men's Hoop Past Wesleyan, 85-74
January 15 - Amherst junior tri-captain forward Steve Zieja poured in a season-high 30 points and the Jeffs blew the game open with a 12-0 second half run en route to an 85-74 non-conference win over visiting Little Three rival Wesleyan University (9-4) Tuesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. Fellow junior forward Pat Fitzsimons added 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for 14th ranked Amherst, which improved to 10-2 with its fourth straight win. Full Story

Donovan Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
January 14 - Amherst sophomore shooting guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after pouring in a career-high 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting in Saturday's 72-70 overtime win over previously undefeated and 10th ranked Williams College. Full Story

21st Ranked Men's Basketball Hands No. 10 Williams First Loss, 72-70, in Overtime
January 12 - Junior center Pat Fitzsimons tipped in an errant layup by classmate Ryan Faulkner with five second left in overtime and sophomore guard Adam Harper hit a free throw with two seconds remaining as the 21st ranked Amherst men's basketball team handed 10th ranked archrival Williams College its first loss of the season, 72-70, in front of a packed crowd at LeFrak Gymnasium Saturday night. The win was Amherst's seventh in their last eight meetings with Williams and seventh straight home win over the Ephs, who fell to 11-1 with the loss. The Jeffs improved to 9-2 with their third straight win. Full Story

Men's and Women's Hoop Teams Set for Saturday Doubleheader Against Williams
January 11 - Amherst's men's and women's basketball teams will host NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College in a non-league doubleheader Saturday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium. The women's game will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow shortly thereafter. Ticket prices are $1.00 for students and children and $3.00 for adults. Admission is free with an Amherst ID. Full Preview

Harper's Scoring, Defense Lead Jeffs Past Colby-Sawyer, 78-62
January 9 - Playing just his third game since returning from a stress fracture in his left foot, sophomore guard Adam Harper posted game-highs of six steals and 18 points to energize Amherst 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. Full Story

No. 12 Amherst Storms Past Berea at Bahama House Classic
January 2 - Led by team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds from junior center Pat Fitzsimons and a game-high seven assists by junior point guard Ryan Faulkner, 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. Full Story

Jeffs Fall to Host Embry-Riddle at Bahama House Classic
January 1 - Playing its first game since a since a 74-47 home win over Worcester State on December 11, the Amherst men's basketball team returned to action on New Year's Day with a 93-86 loss to host Embry-Riddle University in the first round of the Bahama House Classic. Amherst, ranked 12th in the nation according to the latest Basketball America Division III Top 25 poll, posted just its second loss of the season, falling to 6-2 overall. Full Story

Hixon Wins 400th as Men's Basketball Routs Worcester St., 74-47
December 11 - 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). Full Story

Hixon Wins 399th as Jeffs Top Westfield St. at Pioneer Valley Hoop Classic
December 8 - After a 27-point, 15-rebound performance against WNEC on Friday, Amherst junior forward Steve Zieja posted game-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds on Saturday, as the Jeffs dismantled Westfield St., 75-64, in the final round of the Inaugural Pioneer Valley Hoop Classic. The win was the 399th of Amherst head coach David Hixon's 25-year career. The 1975 Amherst graduate has an all-time record of 399-198, and will look to pick up his milestone 400th victory Tuesday night against visiting Worcester St. Full Story

Jeffs Bomb WNEC at Pioneer Valley Hoop Classic, 75-60
December 7 - Junior center Steve Zieja tallied game-highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 13th ranked Amherst College men's basketball team to a 75-60 blowout win over host Western New England College at the Inaugural Pioneer Valley Hoop Classic on Friday. Zieja's monster night included 10 offensive rebounds and a 6-for-8 showing from the free throw line, as the Jeffs rebounded from Tuesday night's loss at Clark University to improve to 4-1 on the season. Full Story

13th Ranked Amherst Falls at Clark, 87-77
December 4 - In a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament second-round game, the 13th-ranked Amherst men's basketball team fell at No. 25 Clark University, 87-77, on Tuesday, despite team-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds by junior forward Steve Zieja. The host Cougars shot 22-for-26 from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Jeffs 39-27, improving to 5-2 with the victory. Amherst fell to 3-1 with the loss. Full Story

Jeffs Outlast Vassar, 79-68, at Ken Wright '52 Memorial Tournament
December 1 - Junior All-Tournament selection Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) tallied game and season-highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Amherst College men's basketball team past visiting Vassar College, 79-68, in the championship game of the First-Annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational on Saturday. Junior Tournament MVP Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) added 13 points and nine rebounds, after a 24-point, 14-rebound performance in the Jeffs' first-round win over Rivier College on Friday. Full Story

Jeffs Rout Rivier at Ken Wright '52 Memorial; Vassar Edges Stevens Tech
November 30 - Host Amherst College ran away with an 80-54 victory over Rivier College in the first round of the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Men's Basketball Invitational Tournament on Friday, before Vassar College outlasted Stevens Tech, 75-70, in overtime in the nightcap. Amherst will take on Vassar for the tournament championship Saturday at 3 p.m., with a consolation game between Rivier and Stevens Tech preceding at 1 p.m. Full Story

Jeffs Drop 116 Points on Mass. College in Season-Opener
November 27 - Amherst placed seven players in double figures and 13 players in the scoring column en route to a 116-57 season-opening win over visiting non-league foe Mass. College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday. First-year guard Ray Corrigan poured in 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting in his collegiate debut, tying sophomore guard John Donovan - who played 15 minutes despite nursing a sore ankle - for the team-high in scoring. Full Story

25th Ranked Jeffs Poised for Season-Opener Against Mass. College
November 26 - Ranked 25th in the nation according to the latest national poll, the defending NESCAC and Little Three champion Amherst men's basketball team opens its season Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against visiting non-league foe Mass. College. The Jeffs return the bulk of their roster with a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in thier sights, led by newly elected junior tri-captain Steve Zieja. Full Story


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