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Fitzsimons is the 19th leading scorer in school history with 933 points (and counting) - 67 points shy of becoming just the 16th Amherst player to crack the career 1,000-point plateau

Fitzsimons Adds ECAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week to List of Recent Honors

December 11, 2002

AMHERST, MA - After earning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week honors on Monday, Amherst College senior tri-captain Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) was named the ECAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending December 7.

Fitzsimons averaged 17.7 points and 13.3 rebounds while leading the undefeated and ninth-ranked Lord Jeffs to a trio of home victories over Clark University, Springfield College and Westfield State last week. His performance against Clark was particularly notable. The 6’ 8”, 220-pound center fell just one block shy of his second career triple-double with 11 points, 15 boards and nine blocks, as Amherst snapped a string of four straight losses to Clark, a team that has advanced to the NCAA Elite in each of the past two seasons.

Fitzsimons then torched Springfield for 15 points and game-highs of 12 rebounds and five blocks, before pouring in a career-high 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting, to go along with game-highs of 13 rebounds and five blocks, against Westfield State. He now has five double-doubles in seven games this season, has led the Jeffs in scoring three times and has led the team in rebounding in every game.

Prior to last night’s 80-62 win at Worcester State College, in which he tallied eight points, nine boards and four blocks, Fitzsimons led the NESCAC in rebounding (11.7 rpg), blocked shots (5.33 bpg) and field goal percentage (.681), and was third in the conference in scoring at 19.0 points per game.

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 933 points (and counting) - 67 points shy of becoming just the 16th Amherst player to crack the career 1,000-point plateau.

After a 24-day layoff, Amherst will put its 7-0 record to the test with a non-league tilt at Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida on Friday, January 3.