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Andrew Schiel '05
Junior forward Andrew Schiel led all scorers with 22 points on Friday night.

Schiel Leads Top-Ranked Men's Basketball Past Middlebury, Jeffs Improve to 15-0 With 91-67 Victory

January 23, 2004

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Junior sharpshooter Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) splashed five three-pointers in six attempts en route to a game-high 22 points as the No. 1 ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team improved to 15-0 (3-0 NESCAC), equaling its longest-ever winning streak with a 91-67 win at NESCAC rival Middlebury College (9-5/0-2) on Friday night. The win sets up a key NESCAC matchup at third-ranked Williams College on Saturday, with first place in the conference standings at stake. Amherst downed Williams 78-62 in a non-league tilt earlier this season.

The victory was no “gimme” for Amherst - the Jeffs had fallen to Middlebury twice during the regular season in recent years (both 2000-01 and 2001-02). But Amherst broke open a tight first half with an 11-4 run over the final 3:46 to take a 10-point lead (41-31) at the break. Schiel keyed the barrage with a four-point play, drilling a trifecta from the left wing and getting hacked in the act by Middlebury senior Nate Anderson (Hinesburg, VT). Middlebury helped Amherst’s cause by shooting just 1-for-10 from three-point land and just 33.3% (11-for-33) overall in the first half.

Middlebury managed to cut the lead to just three points (56-53) with 11:50 left in regulation on a pair of charity tosses by junior Mike Salek (Fairfield, CT), but the Jeffs responded with renewed defensive intensity, holding the Panthers scoreless over a 3:30 stretch and ballooning the lead back to 17 points with an 11-0 flurry. Amherst’s reserves took over from there as rookie forward Dan O’Shea (Lawrence, MA) capped the 24-point win with a game-punctuating layup inside the final minute.

The Jeffs placed three players in double figures with senior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) and sophomore slasher John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) joining Schiel with 19 and 13 points, respectively. Harper’s offense came on 6-for-9 shooting and a 4-for-4 showing from the free throw line. Bedford also dished out a game- and career-high seven assists. Senior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) paced Amherst on the boards with a game-high seven caroms.

Senior guard David Coratti (Pawling, NY) led Middlebury with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

Saturday’s Amherst-Williams showdown is set for 4 p.m., following a women’s matchup between the Ephs and Lord Jeffs. Williams has won 48 in a row at home, but Amherst has won 10 of the last 14 meetings overall. The Jeffs were the last visiting team to win at Williams, downing the Ephs 73-64 on Jan. 13, 2001, behind senior Brian Daoust’s game-high 27 points.

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