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Senior guard John Donovan earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after his 21-point outburst against Wesleyan on Saturday.

Donovan Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week

February 23, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior sharpshooter John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) was named the NESCAC Menís Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after pouring in a team-high 21 points in Saturdayís 97-65 NESCAC Tournament first-round win over visiting Wesleyan University. Donovanís offensive outburst included a 5-for-7 showing from three-point range as the fourth-ranked Jeffs shattered the conference record for points in a NESCAC Tournament game.

At 11.3 points per game, Donovan is one of four Amherst players averaging in double figures. He also leads the Jeffs and is tied for ninth in the NESCAC with 53 three-pointers. Donovan is the 19th leading scorer in Amherst history with 972 career points, just 28 shy of 1,000. Along with fellow seniors Tim Jones, Adam Harper and Don Quinn, heís part of the winningest class in school history with 91 victories over four seasons, earning a trio of NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of NESCAC Championships along the way.

Donovan finished ninth in the NESCAC in three-point field goal percentage (.417) and 10th in three-point field goals made (2.00/gm) as a junior, starting 28 games and playing in all 29. As a sophomore, he finished fourth in the NESCAC in free-throw percentage at 81.0% (94-for-116), and earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors with a then career-high 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting in a 72-70 overtime win over previously undefeated and 10th-ranked Williams College.

Currently 23-2, Amherst is just one win shy of equaling the school record for victories in a season. The Jeffs will shoot for their 24th win this Saturday at 2 p.m., taking on 10th-ranked Trinity College in the NESCAC Tournament semifinals, hosted by Williams. Saturdayís semifinal winners will meet Sunday at noon for the NESCAC Championship, with an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament at stake.