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Fitzsimons leads the conference in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage

Fitzsimons Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week

December 10, 2002

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending December 7, after averaging 17.7 points and 13.3 rebounds while leading the undefeated and 12th ranked Lord Jeffs to a trio of home victories over Clark University, Springfield College and Westfield State.

Through six games, Fitzsimons leads the NESCAC in rebounding (11.7 rpg), blocked shots (5.33 bpg) and field goal percentage (.681), and is third in the conference in scoring at 19.0 points per game. He played perhaps his best game of the season in Saturday’s 100-63 win over Westfield State, pouring in a career-high 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting, to go along with game-highs of 13 rebounds and five blocks.

“One of the differences in our team this year is that ‘Fitzy’ has taken a huge step forward,” says Amherst head coach Dave Hixon ’75, who coached the Jeffs to their second straight NESCAC Championship and a trip to the NCAA “Sweet 16” last season. “He’s really stepped to the plate and made huge improvements as a senior captain. He shows up to play every night and makes sure the team does as well.”

The 6’ 8”, 220-pound Fitzsimons was a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection as a junior, when he finished second in the nation, led the conference and set a new Amherst single-season record with a .664 field-goal percentage. He also led the NESCAC and finished 16th in the nation in blocked shots (2.6 bpg), was third in the conference in rebounding (9.0 rpg), and shattered his own single-season school record with 76 blocked shots. Fitzsimons is currently the 19th leading scorer in school history with 924 points (and counting) - just 76 points shy of becoming just the 16th Amherst player to crack the career 1,000-point plateau.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 7 p.m. at non-league foe Worcester State.