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Tim McLaughlin '07
Amherst rookie Tim McLaughlin cleaned the boards with a team-high five rebounds in his collegiate debut.

14th Ranked Jeffs Open Season with 104-72 Route Over Gordon in First Round of Ken Wright '52 Invitational

November 21, 2003

AMHERST, MA - The 14th ranked Amherst College menís basketball team placed 14 players in the scoring column, led by a 15-point outburst on 7-for-8 shooting by junior forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA), en route to a season-opening 104-72 blowout win over visiting Gordon College in the first round of the Third-Annual Ken Wright í52 Memorial Invitational Tournament on Friday night.

Framingham State College also won its first-round matchup against Salve Regina University, 79-64, and will meet Amherst in the championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.

Amherst came out of the gates a bit sluggish, trailing for the first 4:05, until senior guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ) gave the Jeffs the lead for good with the first of a trio of three-pointers on the night, courtesy of a nifty feed from junior point guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY), who tied fellow junior Russell Lee (Lorton, VA) with a game-high six assists. A 14-0 Amherst run proceeded, capped by a breakaway layup by senior guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) off a steal and dish by sophomore swingman John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA), and the Jeffs went on to take a 52-30 lead at the half.

The second half brought much of the same, and Amherst led by as many as 43 points and emptied its bench down the stretch. The Jeffs forced the Fighting Scots into a whopping 26 turnovers while committing only 15. Harper paced the defense with six of Amherstís 17 steals.

Amherst senior forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA) and sophomore guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) were red-hot from the floor, as was Casnocha. Jones finished with 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, while Bedford poured in 14 on 6-for-7 marksmanship, including a 2-for-3 showing from behind the arc. Casnocha was 4-for-5 with 10 points, draining both of his three-point attempts. Donovan was the fifth Amherst player in double figures with 11 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. First-year guard Tim McLaughlin (Chatham, NJ) paced the Jeffs on the boards with a team-high five caroms.

Amherst shot a blistering 57.7% (41-for-71) from the floor and outrebounded Gordon 34-23, including a 13-5 margin on the offensive glass. Gordon senior Hayes Murray (W. Simsbury, CT) poured in a game-high 18 points in defeat.

Saturdayís tournament action will include a consolation game between Gordon and Salve Regina. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

Amherst vs. Gordon Box Score/Play-by-Play

Framingham vs. Salve Regina Box Score/Play-by-Play