Andrew Olson '08
Junior point guard Andrew Olson led Amherst with 19 points and 8 assists.

Jeffs Match School Record for Consecutive Wins

From a Colby College Release

January 26, 2007

WATERVILLE, ME – The second-ranked Amherst College men’s basketball team matched the school record for consecutive wins this evening when they held off NESCAC foe Colby College for a 69-58 win. The victory is the 19th straight for the Lord Jeffs, who remain undefeated at 19-0 (5-0 NESCAC).

Leading the way for Amherst was junior point guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) who racked up 19 points while shooting 50% from the field. Olson took all 10 of his shots from beyond the three-point line, and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line, while dishing out 8 assists.

The heavily-favored Amherst team held only a 34-25 lead going into halftime, despite a sloppy 40% first-half shooting performance. The Lord Jeffs were unable to put Colby away early in the second half as well, as the score remain close for the first ten minutes.

Colby’s Adam Choice (Newport, RI) helped push a Mules comeback in the second half, as he chipped in 8 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds, including three on the offensive glass, to lead his team. With 8:07 to play in the second half, Amherst clung to a 48-47 lead, as Colby had a few looks at taking the lead.

Some huge three-point field goals by Olson and sophomore sensation Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) helped Amherst hold off Colby and eventually pull away. Amherst senior quad-captain Tim McLaughlin (Chatham, NJ) provided some big-time defense as he held reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Nick Farrell (Aspen, CO) to just 13 points and 4 assists.

Amherst also received some clutch front line play from senior quad-captain Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) who chipped in 11 points, while junior center Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY) added 10 points of his own. Hopkins night was highlighted when he threw down an emphatic breakaway dunk on top of Colby’s Drew Cohen (Briarcliff Manor, NY).

Amherst will remain in the state of Maine tomorrow to face NESCAC rival Bowdoin College at 2 p.m. Tomorrow’s match-up is the first time in which Amherst assistant coach Mark Gilbride will face his father, Bowdoin’s head coach, Tim Gilbride.