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Andrew Schiel '05
Schiel is one of ten finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to the NCAA Division III national player of the year.

Schiel Named NESCAC Player of the Week

February 28, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Senior co-captain forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after leading second-ranked Amherst College to its third conference championship in the last five years and an automatic bid to its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Schiel racked up 23 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in Sunday’s 65-57 win over visiting Bates in the NESCAC Tournament title game, and tallied 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in Saturday’s 75-72 semifinal victory over visiting Trinity.

With 1,372 career points (and counting), Schiel, an Honorable Mention All-America last season and a Preseason All-America this year, is the college’s eighth all-time leading scorer. Along with fellow seniors Ray Corrigan and Russell Lee, he’s helped lead the Jeffs to a school-record 98 wins over four seasons, advancing to the NCAA round of 16 as first-years, the national quarterfinals as sophomores and the program’s first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance last season.

Schiel is also one of ten finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to the NCAA Division III national player of the year, and currently stands among the conference and/or national leaders in a variety of statistical categories, including scoring (17.0 ppg), field goal percentage (58.0%), free throw percentage (74.5%), three-point field goal percentage (36.7%) and blocked shots (1.92/gm).

The Jeffs drew one of 16 first-round byes in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, for which pairings were announced late Sunday evening. Amherst, the lone NESCAC school to make the 48-team field, will host an NCAA second-round game this Saturday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night’s first-round matchup between Springfield College and Norwich University. A win on Saturday would conceivably make Amherst the host site for sectional play as well.

Now 25-1 on the season and riding a school-record 18-game winning streak, the Jeffs are making their sixth consecutive and eighth overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. They’ll most likely enter this year’s tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation according to the d3hoops.com national poll, which will be released on Tuesday.