2006-07 Amherst Men's Basketball Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Amherst finished the season at 30-2, setting a school record for wins in a season (30)
  • Defeated defending national champions, Virginia-Wesleyan College, 80-67, to win program's first NCAA National Championship
  • Advanced to the National Championship for the first time after a 67-60 win over The College of Wooster in the NCAA National Semifinal game
  • Earned an automatic bid to their tenth overall and eighth straight NCAA Tournament, drawing a first-round bye and downing visiting Stevens Institute of Technology, 97-74, and Rhode Island College, 81-69, to advance to the National Semifinal round
  • As the number one seed, advanced to their seventh consecutive NESCAC championship game, where they fell to third seeded Williams College, 70-69
  • Secured the NESCAC men's basketball regular-season title
  • Claimed their third consecutive Little Three Championship by sweeping both Wesleyan University and Williams College during the regular season
  • Set program history’s longest winning streak, posting 23 consecutive wins
  • Senior class graduates as the programs most winningest class, with 111 career wins
  • Had highest winning percentage in program history, 93.8%
  • Posted wins over Springfield College and Western New England College in the Pioneer Valley Classic (PVC). Amherst is 11-0 all-time in PVC play
  • Downed Thomas College and New York City College of Technology to win the Fifth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament (hosted by Amherst)
  • Named 2006 Intercollegiate Program of Excellence by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (first program to receive this honor)
  • Finished first in the nation in scoring margin (20.6%) and winning percentage (93.8%), third in block shots per game (5.7), fifth in field-goal percentage defense (37.7%), fifth in field goal percentage (51.1%), fifth in assists per game (19.3), seventh in three-point field-goal percentage (40.8%), 14th in scoring defense (60.8), 27th in scoring offense (81.4 ppg) and 27th in three-point field goals per game (8.9)
  • Led the NESCAC in scoring defense (60.8 ppg), scoring margin (20.6), field goal percentage (51.1%), field-goal percentage defense (38.7%), three-point field-goal percentage (40.8%), assists (19.3 apg), blocked shots (5.7 pg), steals (8.56 pg), assist/turnover ratio (1.49), and turnover margin (+ 3.25). Finished second in scoring offense (81.47 ppg), three-point field goal percentage defense (30.7%) and three-point field goals made (8.94 pg)

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Head Coach Dave Hixon '75

  • Named National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year, after already being named NABC Regional Coach of the year
  • D3hoops.com National Coach of the year and Northeast Region Coach of the Year
  • All-time winningest coach in program history with a career record of 550-221 (71%)

Senior Co-Captain Forward Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN)

  • First-Team All-NESCAC
  • NABC First-Team All-Region
  • D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Northeast Region
  • Named Finalist for prestigious Josten’s Trophy, given to the most outstanding Division III basketball player who demonstrates athletic ability, academic prowess, and community involvement
  • Scored 1,000th career point on February 23 against Wesleyan University and ended his career with 1,132 points, making him the 15th leading scorer in program history
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 111 victories over four seasons
  • Finished 11th in the NESCAC in 3-pt made (60) and 12th in scoring (443)
  • NESCAC All-Academic.

Senior Co-Captain Guard Tim McLaughlin (Chatham, NJ)

  • NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • Named to the Sixth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Invitational All-Tournament team
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in steals (70) and 14th in assists (86)
  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 111 victories over four seasons

Senior Co-Captain Guard Mike Salerno (Shrewsbury, MA)

  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 111 victories over four seasons
  • NESCAC All-Academic.

Senior Co-Captain Center Dan O’Shea (Lawrence, MA)

  • Part of the winningest class in Amherst history, with 111 victories over four seasons
  • Finished 12th in NESCAC in blocks (20)
  • NESCAC All-Academic.

Junior Point Guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA)

  • National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-American
  • D3hoops.com First-Team All-American
  • One of two Division III finalists named for Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate point guard
  • NCAA Tournament MVP
  • NCAA Sectional Final MVP and All-Sectional Team
  • NABC Northeast Region Player of the Year and First-Team All-Region
  • D3hoops.com First-Team All-Region
  • NESCAC Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-NESCAC
  • NESCAC Player of the Week for the period ending February 19
  • Named MVP of the Sixth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Invitational and was selected for the All-Tournament team
  • Set the Amherst single-season record for assists (243) and record for most assists in a game (15 vs. Elms College 1/16/07)
  • Finished with 2nd highest all-time free throw percentage in program history (86.7%)
  • Finished third in the nation and first in the NESCAC in assists (7.6 pg). He also led the conference in assist/turnover ratio (2.56)

Junior Center Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY)

  • Finished with fourth highest season block total in program history (52) and fifth in field-goal percentage in a season (64%)
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in blocks (52) and field-goal percentage (64%)

Junior Forward Fletcher Walters (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week for the period ending December 11

Junior Guard Adolphe Coulibaly (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

  • Named to the Sixth-Annual Ken Wright '52 Invitational All-Tournament team

Junior Forward Brandon Jones (Hopatcong, NJ)

  • Finished 12th in the NESCAC in blocks (20)

Sophomore Guard/Forward Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA)

  • Finished with 14th highest season field-goal percentage in program history (57.5%)
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week for the period ending January 15
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in 3-pt field-goal percentage (47.7%), fourth in field-goal percentage (57%) and tenth in defensive rebounds (4 pg)
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