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Rookie center Kevin Hopkins brought down the house with a thunderous dunk and finished with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.

Seventh-Ranked Jeffs Overwhelm Elms, 92-66

January 18, 2005

AMHERST, MA - The seventh-ranked Amherst College menís basketball team shot 56.1% (37-for-66) and placed four players in double figures, led by senior co-captain Andrew Schielís (Wayne, PA) game-high 20 points, en route to a one-sided 92-66 non-league win over visiting Elms College on Tuesday night. Amherst improved to 11-1, while Elms dropped to 8-6.

The Jeffs jumped out to an early 14-4 lead over the first 5:18. Junior guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) sparked the run with a layup off the opening tip and capped it with a three-pointer from the corner. Elms battled back with seven unanswered points, courtesy of a foul line jumper by sophomore guard John Ancrum (Harlem, NY), a finger roll by rookie forward Renato Lindmets (Springfield, MA) and a long-range bomb by senior guard Kyle Seyboth (Seekonk, MA), but it was pretty much all Amherst from there as the Jeffs drilled 14 of their next 23 shots, including a banked three-pointer at the buzzer by junior guard Keith Zalaski (Simsbury, CT) for a 52-34 lead at the half.

Amherst picked up right where it left off after the break, putting the game out of reach with a backbreaking 7-0 run, highlighted by a John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA) layup off an inbounds play and Schielís third and final three-pointer of the night. Just over two minutes later, Amherst senior guard Russell Lee (Lorton, VA) went on a personal eight-point spurt with back-to-back trifectas and a strip and lay-in for a 72-46 Lord Jeff lead with 12:17 remaining.

Amherstís reserves took over from there, and rookie center Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY) responded with a thunderous dunk, a jump hook and a pair of layups, good for eight points on 4-for-5 shooting. Sophomore sharpshooter Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) was also stellar off the bench with a career-high 15 points on 4-for-5 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 showing from the charity stripe.

Bedford and Lee joined Schiel and Wheeler in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Casnocha led the way on the boards with six caroms, while rookie point guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) dished out a game-high six assists in just 16 minutes.

Ancrum paced Elms with 16 points and five assists, while Lindmets added 14 points and 10 boards and first-year forward Nathan Hawes (New Hope, MN) chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. with a key conference matchup against visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University. Amherst hammered Wesleyan 66-44 in a Jan. 11 non-league tilt in Middletown, Conn.