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Dan O'Shea '07
Rookie forward Dan O'Shea racked up seven points in just three minutes off the bench.

Second-Ranked Jeffs Equal Best-Ever Start, Improve to 13-0 with 93-63 Win Over Bowdoin

January 17, 2004

AMHERST, MA - The second-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team equaled its best-ever start, improving to 13-0 (2-0 NESCAC) with a 93-63 conference win over visiting Bowdoin College on Saturday. Amherst sophomore sharpshooter John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) led the way with a career-high 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting and matched a career high with four assists.

As in Friday night’s 81-52 win over visiting Colby, the Jeffs began a bit sluggish on Saturday, as Bowdoin nailed its first three field goal attempts - a three-pointer by Kyle Petrie (Iowa City, IA), a layup by Mark Yakavonis (Barrington, RI) and a mid-range jumper by Jon Farmer (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) - en route to an early 7-0 lead. In fact, Amherst trailed for most of the first seven minutes before finally taking a 14-12 lead on a floater by senior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) after a Bowdoin turnover. The Jeffs managed to stretch the lead to 10 points, courtesy of an Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) trifecta with 6:01 left in the half, but the pesky Polar Bears refused to go away, battling back with a 13-5 flurry to cut the deficit to just two points, 37-35, with 19 seconds remaining before the break. Amherst held the ball for the final shot and connected on a backdoor feed from junior point guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY) to Bedford, and the Jeffs took a tenuous 39-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The second half began much the same as the two teams traded buckets for the first five minutes. Amherst then erupted for a 31-6 run, ignited by a jump hook by senior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) and capped by a pair of charity tosses by Bedford. The Jeffs never looked back, leading by as many as 34 points and emptying their bench in the waning minutes. Rookie forward Dan O’Shea (Lawrence, MA) paced the late wave of Amherst subs with seven points in just three minutes, including a perfect 5-for-5 showing from the free throw line.

Amherst placed four players in double figures overall as Schiel, Harper and Jones joined Bedford with 17, 14 and 12 points, respectively. Jones added a career-high nine boards, while Schiel chipped in with nine rebounds and a career-high four assists. Corrigan also eclipsed a career high with three blocks.

For Bowdoin (7-7/0-2 NESCAC), Yakavonis paced the offense with 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go along with a team-high eight caroms. Petrie and first-year guard Kevin Bradley (Seekonk, MA) added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Amherst’s 13-0 record matches the 1997-98 Jeffs for the best-ever start by an Amherst team. The Jeffs will most likely move to the top spot in next week’s national rankings, overtaking current No. 1 Hampden-Sydney College, which fell to eighth-ranked Randolph Macon in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday night.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 8 p.m. at non-league foe Elms College. The game will be webcast live on the Internet by Amherst College radio station WAMH. Visit the Amherst Athletics Website for details.

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