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2001-02 Amherst Men's Basketball Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
*Finished with a 22-7 overall record, tying the 1993-94 and 2000-01 Jeffs for the most single-season wins in school history.
*Advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" for the first time since 1994 and only the second time in school history, before falling at SUNY Brockport, 69-64.
*Earned their fifth overall and third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, drawing a first-round bye and downing visiting Western Connecticut State, 82-77, in the NCAA Second Round.
*Swept Bowdoin, Williams and Trinity Colleges en route to their second consecutive NESCAC Postseason Tournament Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
*Finished the regular season with an 18-6 overall record (5-4 in conference play), earning the fourth seed and a first-round home game in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament their ninth straight postseason appearance.
*Registered the third highest single-game point total in school history in a 116-57 win over Mass. College on November 27.
*Tied a school record for the longest game in Amherst history a 110-107 triple-overtime loss to visiting Trinity College on February 2, in which the two teams combined for the second-highest point total in school history.
*Earned a share of the Little Three Championship by virtue of a regular-season split with Williams College.
*Downed Rivier and Vassar Colleges to win the first annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament, hosted by Amherst.
*Finished the season ranked 23rd in the nation according to D3Hoops.com.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Head Coach David Hixon '75
*Posted his 400th career victory on December 11 a 74-47 win over visiting non-league foe Worcester State College. His overall record now stands at 416-204. He's listed in the NCAA record book (entering the 2001-02 season) as 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).

Junior Tri-Captain forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA)
*First-Team All-NESCAC.
*First-Team D3Hoops.com All-Northeast.
*Second-Team Verizon Academic-All District (the only NESCAC player named Academic All-District).
*First-Team All-ECAC.
*First-Team NABC All-District (Northeast Region).
*Named the NESCAC Player of the Week on February 25 after averaging 25.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in a trio of NESCAC Tournament wins.
*Fourth in the NESCAC in scoring (18.2 ppg).
*Fifth in the NESCAC in free-throw percentage (79.3%).
*Eighth in the NESCAC in rebounding (7.1 rpg).
*Finished the 2001-02 season as the ninth leading scorer in Amherst history with 1,213 points through three seasons. He is now just 337 points shy of Jamal Wilson '97's career record of 1,550.
*Earned all-tournament honors at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.

Junior Center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC)
*Second-Team All-NESCAC.
*Finished second in the nation, led the NESCAC and set a new Amherst single-season record with a 66.4 field-goal percentage.
*16th in the nation in blocked shots per game (2.6 bpg).
*Led the NESCAC in blocked shots (2.6 bpg) and field goal percentage (66.4%).
*Third in the NESCAC in rebounding (9.0 rpg).
*Set a single-game school record for blocked shots with 10 at Lasell College on January 22.
*Shattered his own single-season school record for blocked shots with 76.
*Posted the second-highest single-game rebounding total in school history with 21 boards at Tufts University on January 27.
*Finished the 2001-02 season as the 24th-leading scorer in Amherst history with 810 points through three seasons just 190 points shy of becoming just the 16th Amherst player to crack the career 1,000-point plateau.
*Notched his first career triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks in an 86-75 win at non-league foe Lasell College on January 22.
*Named MVP of the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.

Junior Guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH)
*Second in the NESCAC in assists (5.2 apg).
*Fell just 14 assists shy of his own single-season school record of 166, set in 2000-01.
*Became Amherst's all-time career assist leader with 363 (and counting) through three seasons.

Sophomore Guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC)
*Led the NESCAC in steals (2.5 spg).
*Named to the NCAA Tournament All-Sectional Team after pouring in a game-high 25 points on 7-for-11 shooting in Amherst's "Sweet 16" loss at SUNY-Brockport.

Sophomore Guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ)
*Fourth in the NESCAC in free-throw percentage (81.0%).
*Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week on January 14 after pouring in a career-high 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting in a 72-70 overtime win over previously undefeated and 10th-ranked Williams College.
*Earned all-tournament honors at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.

Senior Tri-Captains Pat Taverna (Whitesboro, NY) and Paul Williams (Franklin, MA), and Senior Guard Mike Proctor (Vero Beach, FL)
*Won a school-record 79 games in four seasons (1998-02).

Senior Tri-Captain Forward Pat Taverna (Whitesboro, NY)
*Tabbed NESCAC Winter All-Academic.

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