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Ruan Faulkner '03
Senior tri-captain Ryan Faulkner dished out a game-high nine assists, just three short of his career-high

No. 10 Amherst Men's Hoop Rebounds With Lopsided 92-58 Win Over Salve Regina

January 6, 2003

AMHERST, MA - After dropping a game they felt they should have won on Friday, the 10th-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team got back on track by pasting visiting Salve Regina University 92-58 Monday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. The 8-1 Jeffs placed 12 players in the scoring column and four in double figures, led by senior tri-captain Steve Zieja’s (Hadley, MA) game-high 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting.

Sophomore Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) and juniors Adam Harper (Washington, DC) and John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) joined Zieja with 15, 13 and 12 points, respectively. Harper added 10 steals, just one shy of his own school record, while senior tri-captain Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH) dished out a game-high nine assists, three short of his career-high.

With last week’s 77-69 setback at NAIA foe Webber International University fresh in its memory, Amherst didn’t mess around on Monday, especially on the defensive end, where the Jeffs forced Salve Regina into 35 turnovers. Six-foot-eight senior tri-captain center Pat Fitzsimons’ (Durham, NC) presence in the starting lineup was an encouraging sign. Fitzsimons, who finished with five points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in just eight minutes, sat out Friday’s loss with a tender hamstring but got up and down the court well on Monday, bringing the crowd to its feet with a thunderous dunk in the opening minutes.

Amherst emptied its bench in the second half and senior swingman Sulaiman Jenkins (New York, NY) paced the reserves with seven points and three boards. Rookie forward John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA) responded in kind with six points, as did junior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA).

Tom Morrissey (Stratford, CT) and Greg Kawula (Ridgewood, NJ) each scored 10 points for Salve Regina, which fell to 1-4 with the loss.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. at non-league foe Western New England College.

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