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Steve Zieja '03 & Dave Hixon
Senior tri-captain Steve Zieja, with head coach Dave Hixon, was honored before Tuesday's game as Amherst's all-time leading scorer.

11th-Ranked Jeffs Steamroll Brandeis, 78-50

February 11, 2003

AMHERST, MA - The 11th-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team used stifling defense and a balanced scoring attack to sandblast visiting non-league foe Brandeis University 78-50 on Tuesday night. The Jeffs placed four players in double figures and 12 in the scoring column, led by junior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) and sophomore forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA), who finished with 12 points each.

Amherst (18-3) trailed 8-5 early on as Brandeis - bolstered by a pair of jumpers each from junior forwards Ben Bosanac (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) and Bryan Lambert (Auburn, ME) - opened the game on fire from the perimeter. Amherst rode out the Judges’ hot streak and took the lead for good, 16-15 with 11:36 left before halftime, on a runner by senior forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA).

The Jeffs then extended the cushion to 13 points with an 18-6 run and took a 36-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, thanks to a Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) dunk at the buzzer off a nifty penetration and dish by senior point guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH). Fitzsimons, who’s battled a hamstring injury of late, played 16 minutes and tallied 11 points and seven rebounds.

The second half brought more of the same as the Jeffs opened with a 9-0 barrage and led by as many as 32 points down the stretch, forcing Brandeis into 23 turnovers along the way. Harper paced the defense with six steals, while Zieja added four thefts and Schiel chipped in with three. Sophomore playmaker Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY) was outstanding off the bench with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. He also had three assists. Reserve forward John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA) matched a career-high with 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes.

Brandeis (6-13) was led by 18 points from Lambert and 13 points and nine rebounds from sophomore forward Glenn Wright (Wingdale, NY).

Zieja was honored before the game for shattering Amherst’s all-time scoring record with his 1,551st career point in a recent 90-60 road victory at Bates College. Zieja surpassed the previous mark set by former Amherst great Jamal Wilson, who graduated in 1997 with 1,550 career points.

Entering the last weekend of NESCAC regular season play (Friday at 7 p.m. against visiting Conn. College and Saturday at 3 p.m. against visiting Wesleyan University), Amherst remains tied with Williams College atop the conference standings. The Jeffs hold the tiebreaker, however, by virtue of a 67-61 conference win over the Ephs earlier this season.

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