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2003-04 Amherst Men's Basketball Milestones


TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • After streaking to a best-ever 15-0 start, Amherst finished the season at 27-5, shattering single-season school records for wins (27) and winning percentage (84.4%) and tying school records for scoring average (87.1 ppg) and longest winning streak (15 games).
  • With an 82-70 win over host Franklin & Marshall College in the NCAA Sectional Championship game, advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Salem, Va., for the first time in school history, where they fell to national runner-up Williams College, 86-81.
  • Earned an at-large bid to their seventh overall and fifth straight NCAA Tournament, drawing a first-round bye and downing visiting Plymouth State 113-85 in the NCAA second round (Amherst is now 6-0 at home all-time in NCAA Tournament play), before beating New Jersey City University 92-74 in the Round of 16 and sectional host Franklin & Marshall 82-70 in the Round of 8.
  • As the No. 3 seed, the Jeffs downed Wesleyan University and Trinity College en route to their fourth straight appearance in the NESCAC Tournament title game, where they fell to Williams 79-67.
  • Earned a share of the Little Three Championship by virtue of a two-game sweep against Wesleyan and a regular-season split with Williams; the Jeffs handed visiting Williams, ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time, one of only two losses on the season, 78-62, on January 10.
  • Ascended to No. 1 in the D3hoops.com national rankings on January 20, marking the first time an Amherst men’s team has risen to the top spot in the national rankings in any sport.
  • Downed Gordon College and Framingham State to win the Third-Annual Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational Tournament (hosted by Amherst) for the third consecutive season.
  • Posted wins over Western New England and host Springfield College in the Pioneer Valley Classic (PVC). Amherst is 6-0 all-time in PVC play.
  • Finished the season ranked fourth in the nation according the D3hoops.com.
  • Led the nation in scoring margin (20.8 ppg) and finished sixth in scoring offense (87.1 ppg), 10th in won-lost percentage (84.4%), 11th in three-point field goals per game (9.5) and 20th in field goal percentage (48.9%).
  • Led the NESCAC in scoring offense (87.1 ppg), scoring margin (20.8 ppg), field goal percentage (48.9%), three-point field goal percentage defense (29.0%), blocked shots (5.44/gm.), steals (10.84/gm.) and turnover margin (+3.91).

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Head Coach Dave Hixon '75
  • New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Division III Coach of the Year.
  • National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame along with his father, former Andover High School coaching great Wil Hixon, on September 19 (2003), at the Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.


  • Senior Tri-Captain Guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC)
  • First-Team D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region.
  • NABC First-Team All-Northeast.
  • First-Team ECAC Division III All-Star.
  • NEBCA Division III All-Star.
  • NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for second straight season.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Selected to play in the NEBCA Division III All-Star Game.
  • MVP of the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst, for the second straight season.
  • Led the NESCAC and finished eighth in the nation in steals (3.3 spg). Also 10th in the NESCAC in field goal percentage (.485), tied for 13th in scoring (13.1 ppg) and tied for 14th in three-point field goals made (1.69/gm.).
  • Shattered a single-season school record with a conference-best 105 steals, becoming the college’s all-time leader with 321 career thefts.
  • Tenth on Amherst’s all-time scoring list with 1,228 career points.
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 95 victories in four seasons.
  • Averaged a team-best 19.8 points in five NCAA Tournament games, highlighted by a 29-point showing in Amherst’s 113-85 NCAA Second-Round win over visiting Plymouth St., and a game-high 26 points in Amherst’s 86-81 loss in the national semifinals.


  • Senior Tri-Captain Guard John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ)
  • Selected to play in the NEBCA Division III All-Star Game.
  • Third in the NESCAC and 64th in the nation in free throw percentage (82.5%). Also tied for sixth in the NESCAC in three-point field goals made (2.22 gm.), 12th in three-point field goal percentage (39.9%) and 17th in scoring (12.3 ppg).
  • Posted the fifth-best single-season free throw percentage (82.5%) in Amherst history.
  • Graduates as Amherst’s 13th all-time leading scorer with 1,084 career points, and third all-time three-point shooter with 186 career trifectas.
  • Upped his season scoring average to 18.8 points in five NCAA Tournament games on the strength of career-high 25-point outbursts in Amherst’s 113-85 second-round win over Plymouth State, as well as its 82-70 victory over Franklin & Marshall in the national quarterfinals.
  • NESCAC Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 22, after pouring in a team-high 21 points, including a 5-for-7 showing from three-point range, in a 97-65 NESCAC Tournament first-round win over visiting Wesleyan University.
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 95 victories in four seasons.


  • Senior Tri-Captain Forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA)
  • NESCAC Winter All-Academic.
  • Earned All-Tournament honors at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.
  • Fourth in the NESCAC and 91st in the nation in blocked shots per game (1.47/gm.).
  • Led the NESCAC in field goal percentage (64.3%), fourth in blocked shots (1.47 bpg), tied for 10th in offensive rebounding (2.16/gm.), 12th in steals (1.25 spg), 13th in free throw percentage (72.4%), tied for 14th in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and 30th in scoring (10.0 ppg).
  • Posted the fourth-best single-season field goal percentage (64.3%) and fifth-best single-season block total (47) in Amherst history.
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 95 victories in four seasons.


  • Senior Center Don Quinn (Princeton, NJ)
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 95 victories in four seasons.


  • Junior forward Andrew Schiel (Princeton, NJ)
  • D3hoops.com Honorable Mention All-America.
  • D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Northeast Region.
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Earned All-Tournament honors at the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational, hosted by Amherst.
  • Second in the NESCAC and 53rd in the nation in blocked shots (2.10 bpg). Also 12th in the NESCAC in scoring (13.5 ppg), 13th in three-point field goal percentage (38.6%), 14th in defensive rebounding (3.77/gm.) and tied for 14th in rebounding (5.5).
  • Earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the period ending 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.
  • Posted the fourth-best single-season block total (54) in Amherst history.
  • Finished the season as the 22nd all-time leading scorer in Amherst history with 929 career points (and counting).


  • Junior guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY)
  • Third in the NESCAC and 73rd in the nation in assists per game (4.44 apg).
  • Also third in the NESCAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.41).
  • Posted the fourth-best single-season assists total (142) in Amherst history.


  • Sophomore guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • Third in the NESCAC in three-point field goal percentage (44.8%), tied for fourth in field goal percentage (53.0%), fifth in free throw percentage (81.9%) and tied for 19th in scoring (12.0 ppg).
  • Posted the ninth-best single-season free throw percentage (81.9%) in Amherst history.


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