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Andrew Schiel '05
Senior co-captain Andrew Schiel (with head coach Dave Hixon '75) was honored before Saturday's game for cracking the career 1,000-point plateau in last week's 71-58 road win over Western New England College.

Schiel, Casnocha Lead Sixth-Ranked Jeffs Past Colby-Sawyer

December 11, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Senior co-captain Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) and junior sharpshooter John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA) poured in 18 points apiece and combined for 15 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the sixth-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team to a hard-fought 69-60 win over visiting non-league foe Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday. The Jeffs remain undefeated at 7-0, while Colby-Sawyer (5-2) saw its four-game winning streak fall by the wayside.

After trading leads for the first 10 minutes, Amherst jumped out to a double-digit advantage (31-21) with a 9-0 flurry, capped by a Schiel layup off a Keith Zalaski (Simsbury, CT) bullet pass with 4:48 left in the opening half. Sophomore Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) bolstered the run with 11 straight Amherst points during a four-minute span, drilling a trio of three-pointers on consecutive attempts and nailing a pair of free throws. Wheeler finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 11 points in the game.

Colby-Sawyer pulled within seven on a putback by junior center Andrew St. Clair (Pittsfield, ME), but Amherst senior Russell Lee (Lorton, VA) responded with a corner jumper with five seconds on the clock for a 39-30 Lord Jeff lead at the break.

Amherst would go on to commit 13 turnovers in the second half en route to a season-high 21 for the game, and Colby-Sawyer took full advantage, as junior Collin Bray (Saugus, MA) hit a layup off a Lord Jeff miscue to trim the lead to just two points, 62-60, with 3:51 left in regulation.

Amherst put any thoughts of an upset to rest, however, scoring the game’s final nine points on the strength of 5-for-5 shooting from the charity strip down the stretch.

Both Schiel and Casnocha were deadly from the floor, shooting 7-for-13 and 7-for-12, respectively. Casnocha also tallied eight rebounds, three blocks, two steals and a pair of assists, while Schiel pulled down seven caroms to go along with four blocks and two assists. Amherst junior John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) atoned for a 1-for-9 shooting night with game-highs of 10 rebounds and five assists.

Schiel was honored before the game for cracking the career 1,000-point plateau in last Saturday’s 71-58 win over Western New England College. With 1,035 career points, Schiel surpassed Brian Daoust ’01 and Doug Hawkins '56 as the 16th leading scorer in school history.

St. Clair paced Colby-Sawyer with a game-high 25 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Amherst is off until Monday, January 3, when they resume play with a 7 p.m. non-conference test at the 21st-ranked College of New Jersey.

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