Dan Wheeler '07
Dan Wheeler led Amherst with 15 points in the win

Jeffs Improve to 8-0 with 70-42 Victory Over Worcester State

December 12, 2006

WORCESTER, MA – The Amherst College men’s basketball team wrapped up its early season games this evening when it traveled to face the Lancers of Worcester State College in a non-conference match-up. The Lord Jeffs once again put their undefeated season on the line, hoping to improve to 8-0 before breaking for the holidays.

Amherst jumped out to a 12-1 lead after seven minutes of play, following some sloppy shooting by both teams to start the game. The Amherst lead hovered around a dozen as both teams traded buckets, leaving the Jeffs ahead, 19-7, with eight minutes remaining in the first half.

The Lancers refused to let the game get away from them, shrinking the Amherst lead to seven at 24-17 on a Ryan Frassica (Brockton, MA) floater. Amherst first-year Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) answered on the next trip down the court with a three-pointer off an assist from his older brother, senior quad-captain Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN).

When the teams returned from the locker rooms after halftime, Amherst clung to a 27-19 lead, but would need a much better shooting performance to expand on that margin after shooting only 30.6% from the field in the first half.

Amherst’s starters took the floor for the second half with renewed intensity and took over the game. Junior point guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) corralled a loose ball in front of the scorer’s table and raced up the sideline before lofting a long alley-oop to a streaking Adolphe Coulibaly (Abidjan, Ivory Coast).

Within six minutes, the Amherst lead was stretched back to 17 points at 43-26, with the Amherst starters rolling. Dan Wheeler showed why he was an NCAA All-Sectional Team member as he caught fire mid-second half, dropping home nine points over a four-minute span.

First year D.J. Carcieri (Narragansett, RI) played well in the final minutes of the game, converting two nice lay-ups with a back-court steal in between. Just minutes later, Carcieri broke free on a two-on-one fast break and threw up a perfect lob to junior Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY).

The final moments on the clock wound down and Amherst was able to make up for their lowest scoring first half of the season with a solid second stanza performance, improving to 8-0 on the season. Amherst takes a few weeks off before heading to face Trinity (TX) on December 31st in San Antonio, TX.