2005-06 Amherst Men's Basketball Team
Photo courtesy of Jim Olson
The 2005-06 Amherst men's basketball team congratulates head coach David Hixon '75 after his 500th career victory on Monday night.

Amherst's Hixon Opens 2006 With 500th Career Victory; Fourth-Ranked Jeffs Best Pomona-Pitzer, 61-42

January 2, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CA - Amherst College men's basketball head coach David Hixon '75 became just the 17th coach in NCAA Division III history to hit the 500-career victory plateau as the Jeffs bested Pomona-Pitzer at the Occidental Classic hosted by Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday night, 61-42. The Jeffs maintained control throughout the game, holding the Sagehens to just 28.3% (17-for-60) shooting from the floor, and remaining undefeated at 8-0.

Amherst got out to a slow start hitting only one of its first nine field goal attempts, but back-to-back trifectas from senior co-captain John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) gave the Jeffs a 9-8 and they would never trail again. The Amherst defense was smothering, limiting the Pomona-Pitzer starters to a two-for-22 shooting performance, however the Sagehen reserves connected on seven-of-11 field goals while Pomona-Pitzer collected an outstanding 11 offensive rebounds to hold the lead to eight at the half, 28-20

The Jeffs solidified control after the break as junior Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) drilled a three-ball to secure a double-digit lead, which they would maintain throughout regulation. Amherst's defense set the tone again, allowing only eight second-half buckets, including a paltry two field goals in the final 10 minutes.

Sophomore point guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) paced Amherst with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds, while Bedford had a tremendous all-around game, posting 13 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Sophomore Matt Goldsmith (Morristown, NJ) added nine points and Wheeler finished with six rebounds and four assists.

Senior Ed Wexler-Baron led Pomona-Pitzer with 12 points, while senior Thomas Hallo and sophomore Nathan Porter grabbed six boards apiece as the Sagehens fell to 4-5.

Hixon hits the 500-mark in his 29th season at Amherst. His career mark improves to 500-215 as the Jeffs return to action tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. (PST) against tournament host Occidental