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Andrew Schiel '05
Schiel led the NESCAC in blocks and paced the Jeffs in scoring.

Schiel, Harper Earn Postseason Honors

March 22, 2004

AMHERST, MA - After leading the Amherst College men’s basketball team to its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va., senior tri-captain Adam Harper (Washington, DC) and junior forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) were each named Division III All-Northeast Region by Schiel was a Second-Team All-Northeast pick while Harper earned First-Team All-Region honors. tabbed Schiel Honorable Mention All-America as well.

Harper, the two-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year and a First-Team All-NESCAC selection, shattered a single-season school record with 105 steals, which led the conference for the third straight year. He was the Jeffs’ second leading scorer (13.1 ppg) and third leading rebounder (4.8 rpg) and graduates as the college’s 10th all-time leading scorer (1,228 pts) and career steals leader (321).

Schiel, a Second-Team All-NESCAC pick, led the conference with 54 blocks and paced the Jeffs offensively with 13.5 points per game. Schiel earned NESCAC Player of the Week plaudits for the period ending Sunday, Dec. 7, averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 blocks and shooting a blistering 9-for-15 from three-point range in a trio of early-season wins at Clark, Western New England and Springfield.

Amherst posted a school-record 27 victories and secured an at-large bid to its fifth straight NCAA Tournament, drawing a first-round bye and pounding visiting Plymouth State 113-85 in the second-round. With the win, the Jeffs advanced to the NCAA Sectionals (Round of 16) for the third consecutive season and steamrolled New Jersey City University 92-74 and host Franklin & Marshall College 82-70, earning the college’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Final Four. Amherst fell to Williams 86-81 in the national semifinals and dropped the third-place consolation game 96-85 to John Carroll, finishing the season at 27-5.