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Andrew Schiel '05
Sophomore Andrew Schiel poured in 16 points

10th Ranked Men's Hoop Posts First Loss, 77-69, at Webber International

January 3, 2003

BABSON PARK, FL - Coming off a 24-day hiatus and playing without injured senior center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC), the 10th-ranked and previously-undefeated Amherst College men's basketball team fell to 7-1 with a 77-69 loss at NAIA rival Webber International University on Friday night. The host Warriors, now 7-9, attempted 29 free throws to Amherst's 11 and shot 59.6% (28-for-47) from the field despite committing 25 turnovers.

Senior forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) paced the visiting Jeffs with 20 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) poured in 16 points and junior Adam Harper (Washington, DC) added 13 points and five steals in defeat.

The Jeffs jumped out to an early 8-4 lead on a nifty reverse by junior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA), but fell victim to a 9-0 run by Webber International shortly thereafter. Trailing 17-11 later in the first half, Amherst rebounded with a 14-2 flurry, ignited by a Harper 3-pointer and bolstered by a trio of buckets by Schiel, and held a six-point lead (25-19) with 6:56 left before halftime.

Webber International battled back to claim a 41-37 advantage at the break by scoring 12 of the half's final 14 points behind a pair of 3-pointers and a silky jump hook by senior guard Nick Mettille (Stuart, FL), who paced the Warriors with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Webber International led the rest of the way after stretching the gap to nine points with a 7-2 spurt at the start of the second half. Amherst managed to cut the lead to just five (68-63) on a 3-pointer by John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) with 3:10 on the clock but would get no closer. Forced to foul down the stretch, Amherst sent the Warriors to the free throw line repeatedly in the final minutes, but Webber International sank five of its last eight charity tosses to ice the win.

Amherst, which arrived in Florida on Monday and has been practicing at nearby Lakeland Christian School all week, will depart the sunshine state on Sunday, just in time for a Monday night matchup against visiting non-league foe Salve Regina. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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