Brian Baskauskas '09
Sophomore Brian Baskauskas led all scorers with 18 points

Jeffs Move to 20-0 with 73-55 Win over Bowdoin

From a Bowdoin College Release

January 27, 2007

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA) scored a game-high 18 points to lead the second-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team to a 73-55 win at Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon. The Jeffs (20-0, 6-0 NESCAC) are prime candidates to rise to the top ranking in Division III following the win, combined with current top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point's loss earlier this week. Bowdoin drops to 11-7 overall (2-4 NESCAC) with the loss.

Bowdoin jumped ahead early, taking an 8-3 edge on a Kyle Jackson three-pointer just three minutes into the game. Amherst replied with a quick run to tie the contest on a Dan O'Shea (Lawrence, MA) lay-in moments later. The teams traded the lead on numerous occasions in the opening half, including four tie scores.

A late run by the Jeffs gave the visitors command of the game before intermission, as Baskauskas hit a trio of three-pointers with under four minutes remaining in the frame to give Amherst a 33-24 edge at the break. Amherst pushed the lead into double digits shortly after the half and Bowdoin could get no closer than nine points for the remainder of the game.

Junior Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY) scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards for the Jeffs, while senior quad-captain Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) added a dozen points. Jordan Fliegel led Bowdoin with 15 points, while Andrew Hippert added 13 and Kyle Jackson chipped in 10 for the hosts.

Amherst’s 20-game winning streak is the longest in program history, surpassing the previous mark of 19 games set back in 2004-05.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday night for a road match-up with Rhode Island College at 7:30 p.m.

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