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Russell Lee '05
Junior point guard Russell Lee (guarded by Plymouth State's Peter Hutchins) dropped a career-high 11 dimes off the bench.

Fifth-Ranked Jeffs Pound Plymouth State in NCAA Second Round

March 6, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Fifth-ranked Amherst College shot 50.8% (33-for-65) overall and a scorching 54.2% (13-for-24) from three-point range en route to a one-sided 113-85 win over visiting Plymouth State University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday. With the win, Amherst, which improved to 25-3 on the season and 6-0 all-time in home NCAA Tournament games, advances to the NCAA Sectionals (Round of 16) for the third consecutive year, where they’ll face New Jersey City University (22-6) at a site to be determined.

The Jeffs pounded the ball down low to forwards Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) and Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) early on, which opened up the perimeter for the remainder of the game. Amherst took advantage with a blistering 10-for-14 showing from behind the arc in the first half, good for a 63-47 lead at the break. The Jeffs had four players in double figures by halftime, led by senior sharpshooter Adam Harper’s (Washington, DC) 4-for-5 shooting from three-point land in the opening session. Harper finished with a team- and career-high 29 points, while fellow senior guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) tied a career-high with 25, including his 1,000th career point on a free throw in the first half. Donovan shot 15-for-16 from the charity stripe overall.

“Tim and Drew, from the get-go, really got us going inside,” said Amherst head coach Dave Hixon ’75. “It was a great complement, that inside-out game. They were doubling down on Tim and the more they did, the more the outside opened up. Harp hit a couple of great threes. In fact that’s the best I’ve seen him shoot in his career.”

Plymouth State pushed the ball up and down the floor and played physical defense throughout, but paid the price with four starters in early foul trouble. Junior point guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, ME) almost single-handedly kept the Panthers in the game before fouling out with a game-high 33 points, which tied a career high. He scored the first 12 PSU points of the second half and hit a three-pointer with 8:18 remaining to pull the Panthers within 11. But on the next Plymouth State possession, Pelotte slashed to the basket and Harper stepped in for the charge, sending the Panthers’ best player to the bench for the final 7:55. Amherst responded with a 12-0 flurry and led by as many as 31 down the stretch. Starters Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, ME), Mike Loughlin (Goffstown, NH) and J.J. Truman (Enfield, NH) also fouled out for Plymouth State, which ended its best season ever at 24-6.

Jones, who entered the game with a whopping .641 field goal percentage, dominated the low post with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting and a career-high 12 rebounds. Schiel chipped in with 15 points and six boards, while sophomore guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) shook off an ankle injury with 14 points off the bench. Junior point guard Russell Lee (Lorton, VA) was spectacular off the bench as well with a career-high 11 assists in just 24 minutes. Harper had three steals in the game and now has 97 on the season, leaving him just six shy of the college’s single-season record, held by Keith Poopor ’96.

Plymouth State junior Anthony Ogelsby (Brooklyn, NY), the only Panther starter that didn’t foul out, joined Pelotte in double figures with 24 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. He finishes the season with 999 career points. Reserve junior forward Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, NY) chipped in with 16 in defeat.

Amherst set a single-season school record with its 25th win. The Jeffs’ 113 points were a season high, marking the fifth time they’ve pierced the century mark this season.

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