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2002-03 Amherst Men's Basketball Milestones


TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Finished the season at 24-5, setting an Amherst record for wins in a season and posting the second highest winning percentage (82.8%) in school history.
  • With a 74-68 win over the University Rochester in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16, advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 and only the second time in school history, where they fell to eventual national champion Williams College, 91-75.
  • Earned an at-large bid to their sixth overall and fourth straight NCAA Tournament, drawing a first-round bye and downing visiting Southern Vermont, 84-60, in the NCAA second-round (Amherst is now 5-0 at home all-time in NCAA Tournament play).
  • As the two-time defending conference champions, the Jeffs downed Bowdoin and Wesleyan en route to their third straight appearance in the NESCAC Tournament title game, where they fell to Williams, 74-70.
  • Finished the regular season with a 20-3 overall record (8-1 in conference play), earning the No. 1 seed and hosting the NESCAC Tournament - Amherst’s 10th straight postseason appearance.
  • Earned a share of the Little Three Championship by virtue of a two-game sweep against Wesleyan and a regular-season split with Williams; the Jeffs’ handed Williams its only loss of the season, 67-61, on January 25.
  • Downed New England College and WPI to win the second annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament, hosted by Amherst.
  • Posted wins over Springfield and Westfield St. in the Pioneer Valley Classic, hosted by Amherst.
  • Finished the season ranked seventh in the nation according to D3Hoops.com.
  • Finished 12th in the nation in scoring margin (15.0), 17th in won-lost percentage (82.8%), 30th in scoring offense (81.5) and 39th in field goal percentage (47.6%).
  • Led the NESCAC in blocked shots (6.55/gm), assists (19.59/gm), steals (10.72/gm) and turnover margin (+5.21).

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Senior Tri-Captain Forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA)
  • Graduates as the leading scorer in Amherst history with 1,708 career points.
  • Also Amherst’s career leader in free throws made (382).
  • Honorable Mention Street & Smith's College Basketball 2002-03 Preseason All-America.
  • Second-Team D3Hoops.com Preseason All-America.
  • NESCAC Player of the Year.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • ECAC Player of the Year.
  • First-Team All-ECAC.
  • NABC Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • First-Team NABC All-Northeast Region.
  • First-Team NABC All-America.
  • NABC National Player of the Year finalist.
  • First-Team D3hoops.com All-Northeast region.
  • Honorable Mention D3hoops.com All-America.
  • First-Team Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District.
  • Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America finalist.
  • NESCAC Winter All-Academic.
  • NEBCA Division III North All-Star.
  • Named Co-Division III New England College Player of the Year by New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • One of ten national finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding men’s and women’s basketball players in NCAA Division III.
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in free throw percentage (.811), fourth in scoring (17.1 ppg), ninth in field goal percentage (.512), 12th in offensive rebounding (2.24 rpg) and 18th in overall rebounding (5.9 rpg).
  • Along with fellow senior tri-captains Pat Fitzsimons and Ryan Faulkner, led the Jeffs to a school-record 87 wins over four seasons, back-to-back NESCAC Championships (in 2001 and 2002) and four straight NCAA Tournament berths - the only class in school history to do so.
  • For the second straight season, earned all-tournament honors at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.


  • Senior Tri-Captain Center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC)
  • Graduates as Amherst’s career leader in field goal percentage (64.6% - 452-for-700) and blocked shots (233).
  • Also 12th on Amherst's all-time scoring list with 1,077 career points.
  • Shattered his own single-season school record for field goal percentage (70.9% - 117-for-165) and tied his own single-season school record with 76 blocks.
  • Fell just one block shy of his own single-game school record with nine rejections in a 68-62 win over Clark University.
  • Scored his 1,000th career point in the Jeffs' 78-67 NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal win over Bowdoin.
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • NEBCA Division III North All-Star.
  • Named NESCAC and ECAC Player of the Week for the period ending December 7, after averaging 17.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in a trio of home victories over Clark, Springfield and Westfield State.
  • Named to the NCAA Tournament All-Sectional Team after tallying 16 points, 13 rebounds and a game-high eight blocks in the Jeffs’ Round of 16 win over the University of Rochester, and 18 points and 10 boards in the Jeffs’ NCAA Quarterfinal loss to Williams.
  • Led the NESCAC in field goal percentage (.709) and blocks (3.80 bpg), finished fourth in overall rebounding (8.4 rpg), fifth in offensive rebounding (3.10), seventh in defensive rebounding (5.30 rpg) and 15th in scoring (13.4 ppg).
  • Along with fellow senior tri-captains Steve Zieja and Ryan Faulkner, led the Jeffs to a school-record 87 wins over four seasons, back-to-back NESCAC Championships (in 2001 and 2002) and four straight NCAA Tournament berths - the only class in school history to do so.
  • For the second straight season, earned all-tournament honors at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.


  • Senior Tri-Captain Guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH)
  • Graduates as Amherst’s career assists leader with 498.
  • Third in the NESCAC in assists (4.6 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.55).
  • Along with fellow senior tri-captains Steve Zieja and Pat Fitzsimons, led the Jeffs to a school-record 87 wins over four seasons, back-to-back NESCAC Championships (in 2001 and 2002) and four straight NCAA Tournament berths - the only class in school history to do so.


  • Junior Guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC)
  • Tallied a school record 11 steals in a 94-57 win over WPI, and nearly matched it with 10 steals in a 92-58 win over Salve Regina.
  • Fell just two steals shy of the Amherst single-season record, held by Keith Poopor ’96, who registered 103 thefts in 1995-96.
  • NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Sixth in the nation in steals per game (3.5).
  • Led the NESCAC in steals (3.5 spg), finished sixth in free throw percentage (.794) and 21st in scoring (12.4 ppg).
  • Named MVP of the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.


  • Junior Guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ)
  • Finished ninth in the NESCAC in three-point FG% (.417) and 10th in three-point field goals made (2.00/gm).


  • Junior Forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA)
  • Finished 13th in the NESCAC in blocked shots (0.82/gm).


  • Sophomore Forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA)
  • Finished seventh in the NESCAC in three-point FG% (.429), eighth in blocked shots (1.18 bpg), 11th in free throw percentage (.772) and 22nd in scoring (12.4 ppg).


  • Sophomore Guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY)
  • Finished fifth in the NESCAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.44) and seventh in assists (3.39 apg).


  • Assistant Coach Luke Flockerzi
  • Named a winner of the Second-Annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award, as chosen by Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director Magazine.


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