2005-06 Amherst Men's Basketball Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Amherst finished the season at 28-4, setting a school record for wins in a season (28).
  • With an 93-70 win over visiting St. John Fisher College in the NCAA Sectional Championship game, advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Salem, Va., for the second time in the last three seasons, where they fell to national runner-up Wittenberg College, 64-60.
  • Earned an automatic bid to their ninth overall and seventh straight NCAA Tournament, drawing a first-round bye and downing visiting Hamilton College, 83-59, in the NCAA second round, clinching their fifth consecutive national "Round of 16" appearance.
  • As the No. 1 seed, the Jeffs downed Connecticut College and Bates College, before downing Tufts University, 90-85, in overtime in the title game of the NESCAC Championship Tournament, claiming their second straight conference crown and their fourth title in the last six years.
  • Secured the NESCAC men's basketball regular-season title with an emphatic 99-70 victory over Tufts University on February 11, finishing the NESCAC schedule with an 8-1 mark.
  • Claimed their second consecutive outright Little Three Championship by sweeping both Wesleyan University and Williams College.
  • Posted wins over Springfield College and Westfield State College in the Pioneer Valley Classic (PVC). Amherst is 10-0 all-time in PVC play.
  • Downed Fitchburg State College and Endicott College to win the Fifth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament (hosted by Amherst) for the fifth consecutive season.
  • Finished the season ranked fourth in the nation according to D3hoops.com.
  • Finished second in the nation in scoring margin (19.2), sixth in won-lost percentage (87.5%), sixth in blocks (5.4 bpg), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (41.6%), 13th in assists (18.6 apg), 17th in scoring offense (83.8 ppg), 20th in three-point field goals per game (9.2), 25th in turnovers (12.5 tpg) and 26th in field goal percentage (49.1%).
  • Led the NESCAC in scoring offense (83.8 ppg), scoring margin (19.2), field goal percentage (49.1%), assists (18.6 apg) and assist.turnover ratio (1.49). Finished second in scoring defense (64.7 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (41.6%), three-point field goal percentage defense (31.3%), blocked shots (5.41/gm), turnover margin (+2.00), and three-point field goals made (9.16/gm).

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Head Coach Dave Hixon '75

  • Earned 500th career victory with a 61-42 victory over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges at the Occidental Holiday Classic, hosted by Occidental College on January 2, becoming just the 17th coach in Division III history to achieve the feat.

    Senior Co-Captain Guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • Third-Team NABC and D3Hoops.com All-America.
  • First-Team NABC All-Northeast Region.
  • First-Team Division III New England ECAC All-Star.
  • Second-Team D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • NESCAC Player of the Week for February 27, after guiding the Jeffs to their second-straight NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship over the weekend, averaging 22.0 points per outing on 56 percent shooting (14-for- 25), along with an average 6.5 rebounds each day.
  • Fifth in the NESCAC in scoring (17.0 ppg). Also, fourth in three-point field goal percentage (47.1%), fifth in free throw percentage (81.1%), seventh in field goal percentage (51/5%), 10th in steals (1.44/gm), 14th in assists (2.56/gm).
  • Graduates as Amherst's third all-time leading scorer with 1,517 career points.
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 105 over four seasons.

    Senior Co-Captain Forward John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA)
  • Finished 13th in the NESCAC in three-point field goal percentage (41.3%) and three-point field goals made (1.78/gm), and 15th in steals (1.25/gm).
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 105 over four seasons.
  • NESCAC All-Academic.

    Senior Guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY)
  • Graduates with the second highest assist total in Amherst history (342).
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 105 over four seasons.

    Senior Guard Keith Zalaski (Simsbury, CT)
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 105 over four seasons.

    Junior Forward Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN)
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • NCAA All-Sectional Team.
  • Named to the Pioneer Valley Classic All-Tournament team.
  • Named the Fifth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Invitational MVP.
  • Finished 11th in the NESCAC in scoring (14.5 ppg). Also, fourth in three-point field goals (2.31/gm), sixth in free throw percentage (80.5%), three-point field goal percentage (44.6%) and offensive rebounds (2.22/gm), tied for seventh in blocks (1.00/gm) and 14th in field goal percentage (48.3).
  • Currently 44th on the Amherst all-time leading scorers list (689).
  • NESCAC All-Academic.

    Junior Guard Tim McLaughlin (Chatham, NJ)
  • Named to the Fifth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Invitational All-Tournament team.
  • Finished ninth in the NESCAC in steals (1.47/gm).

    Sophomore Point Guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA)
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • NCAA Sectional MVP and All-Sectional team.
  • Pioneer Valley Classic MVP.
  • Set the Amherst single-season record for assists (179).
  • Finished 26th in the nation and second in the conference in assists (5.6/gm). Also second in three-point field goal percentage (47.9%) and assist/turnover ratio (2.36), 12th in field goal percentage (48.7%) and 29th in scoring (9.4 ppg).

    Sophomore Forward Matt Goldsmith (Morristown, NJ)
  • Named to the Occidental Holiday Classic All-Tournament team.

    Sophomore Center Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY)
  • Finished 10th in the NESCAC in blocks (0.86/gm).
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