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Don Quinn '04
Senior center Don Quinn made his first career start on Saturday and has helped lead the Jeffs to 87 wins over four seasons.

Third-Ranked Jeffs Upset by No. 10 Trinity, 68-66

February 7, 2004

AMHERST, MA - With sole possession of second place in the NESCAC at stake, the third-ranked Amherst College menís basketball team saw a 13-point second half lead fall by the wayside in a heartbreaking 68-66 upset loss to visiting 10th-ranked Trinity College on Saturday. Rookie forward Robert Taylor (Dorchester, MA) gave Trinity the lead for good with an offensive putback with 1:29 remaining. Amherst senior John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) had a chance to win the game with a three-pointer in the waning seconds but was rejected by Trinity junior John Halas (White Plains, NY) as time expired.

Amherst took an early 9-6 lead on one of two three-pointers by senior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA), the second of which gave the Jeffs their biggest lead of the game, 51-38, with 17:58 left in the second half. After Jonesí second three, however, Amherst fell victim to a six-and-a-half minute field-goal drought. Trinity capitalized with a 17-3 run, eventually taking a 55-54 lead on a Tyler Rhoten (Ridgewood, NJ) putback with 9:32 remaining, and the two teams traded leads six times over the next 8:03.

Trinity built a five-point cushion on a 10-foot jumper by Taylor at the 3:39-mark, but Amherst battled back with three-pointers on consecutive possessions by sophomore John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) and senior Adam Harper (Washington, DC) to reclaim a 64-63 advantage. That was the last time Amherst would lead, as Taylor tipped in a Halas miss and Rhoten cemented the upset with a layup and free throw in the final minute.

Both teams entered the game with identical 5-1 NESCAC marks. Trinity moved to 19-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play with the win. Amherst fell to 19-2 and 5-2, dropping to third place in the conference race.

Bedford paced the Jeffs with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Harper and Jones pitched in with 16 points apiece. Rhoten led Trinity with game-highs of 28 points and 13 boards while playing a team-high 35 minutes.

Saturdayís matchup with Trinity marked the final regular-season home game for Amherst seniors Jones, Harper, Donovan, Frank Perry (Hartford, CT) and Don Quinn (Princeton, NJ) who, collectively, have led the Jeffs to an 87-20 record over four seasons, tying the school record for wins by a graduating class. Quinn made his first career start against the Bantams.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 7 p.m. at non-league foe Brandeis University.

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