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Senior John Donovan tied a pair of career highs with eight boards and seven assists at Brandeis.

No. 8 Jeffs Rebound with 90-61 Win at Brandeis

February 10, 2004

WALTHAM, MA - The Amherst College men’s basketball team, which dropped from third to eighth in this week’s national rankings after a 68-66 loss to sixth-ranked Trinity College, rebounded on Tuesday with a 90-61 win at non-league foe Brandeis University. Junior forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) led the way with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting as Amherst improved to 20-2, just three victories shy of the school record for wins in a season.

The Jeffs blew the game open with a 28-9 run over the first eight minutes of the second half, but the opening period was a seesaw affair. Brandeis (6-13) scored the first five points, thanks in part to a trio of Amherst turnovers, and the Jeffs answered with a 13-2 streak over the next seven minutes, taking a 13-7 lead on a Schiel putback. The Judges fought back with a 15-7 skein on a three-pointer by senior center Bryan Lambert (Auburn, ME) for a 22-20 lead with 7:27 left in the half. Keeping with the back-and-forth theme, Amherst followed with a Russell Lee (Lorton, VA) trifecta, giving the Jeffs a 23-20 lead they would never relinquish.

Amherst allowed just three Brandeis field goals and outrebounded the Judges 11-4 in the first six minutes of the second half to extend a 37-30 halftime lead to 55-36. Lambert answered with another 3-pointer, but Amherst scored the next 10 points and never led by less than 20 down the stretch.

Lambert led all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double, hitting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Ben Bosanac (Ranch Santa Fe, CA) was the only other Brandeis player in double figures. After shooting 12-of-26 (46.2%) from the floor in the first half, the Judges went cold in the second, hitting just 11-of-41 (26.8%).

Schiel had a game-high three blocks to go along with his team-high 17 points. Sophomore guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) added 14 points off the bench, while senior guard Adam Harper tallied 10 points, a team-high eight rebounds and three steals. Senior guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) added nine points and tied a pair of career highs with eight boards and seven assists. The Jeffs shot 52.5% (31-for-59) from the floor and outscored Brandeis 25-9 from the free throw line.

Amherst seniors Tim Jones (Richmond, VA), Don Quinn (Princeton, NJ), Harper and Donovan notched their 88th career victory at Brandeis, breaking the school record for most wins by a graduating class.

Amherst closes its regular season slate with a pair of NESCAC road games, traveling to Connecticut College on Friday (7 p.m.) and Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday (2 p.m.). No. 1-ranked Williams College can clinch the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament with a win at Bates College or Tufts University.

The eight-team NESCAC Tournament tips off on Saturday, February 21. Teams seeded No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 will host first round games. Winning teams will then be re-bracketed, and the semifinal and final rounds will be held at the highest remaining seed.

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