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Tim Jones '04
Senior forward Tim Jones had a career game for the Jeffs with 13 points, seven boards and team- and career-highs of six assists and five steals.

Sixth-Ranked Jeffs Knock off Top-Ranked Williams, 78-62

January 10, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Behind a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds by junior forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA), the sixth-ranked Amherst College menís basketball team ended visiting No. 1-ranked Williams Collegeís 28-game winning streak with a 78-62 non-conference victory in front of a packed house at LeFrak Gymnasium on Saturday night. The Jeffs (10-0) have now won 10 of their last 11 home games against the defending national champion Ephs (11-1) and 10 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams overall. Amherst handed Williams its only defeat last season as well, pulling off a 67-61 upset over the then third-ranked and undefeated Ephs at LeFrak Gymnasium on January 25, 2003.

The Jeffs came out firing on Saturday, draining their first four three-point attempts, including three in a row by Schiel - all from the top of the circle - to take a 15-6 lead over the first 4:21. Williams managed to cut the deficit to five points on a pair of free throws by junior guard Jaris Cole (East Point, GA) with 5:18 left in the opening frame, but that was as close as they would get as Amherst closed the half with a backbreaking 11-2 run for a 45-31 advantage at the break. Five different players scored during the Amherst barrage, including junior point guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY), who capped the flurry with a layup off a give-and-go feed from senior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC).

Williams made a mini-run following halftime, scoring six unanswered points during a brief stretch to cut the lead to single digits, 53-44, on a mid-range jumper by junior forward Tucker Kain (Waite Hill, OH). Amherst responded immediately with a floater by junior guard Russell Lee (Lorton, VA) off a vicious crossover move, a free throw by sophomore swingman John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA) and a wing jumper by sophomore guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) to pump the lead back up to 15 points with 12:10 left in regulation.

It was all Amherst from there as the Jeffs held the Ephs scoreless for a 5:22 stretch and led by as many as 23 points late in the second half. Williams resorted to fouling over the final 2:20 with Bedford, Corrigan and Schiel each connecting from the charity stripe to seal the win.

Bedford and Amherst senior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) joined Schiel in double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. Jones, who at 6-foot-4 battled Williamsí taller post players all night long, had a superb all-around game with seven boards and team- and career-highs of six assists and five steals.

Williams placed two players in double figures, Ben Coffin (Westford, MA) with 15 points and Michael Crotty (Belmont, MA) with 12. Crotty finished just 5-for-16 from the field and the Ephs shots just 12.5% (2-for-16) from three-point range.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with a non-conference matchup against visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University.

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