Jeffs Place Four in Double-Figures in 91-81 win at Bates|
January 26, 2001
LEWISTON, Maine - Despite a game-high 28 points from junior Bates College forward Alex Wilson (Duxbury, MA), including his 1,000th career point, the visiting Amherst College Lord Jeffs used terrific first-half shooting to claim a 91-81 NESCAC men's basketball victory, surviving a furious Bobcat rally to improve to 11-2 on the season.
|Sophomore center Pat Fitzsimons|
had a career-high 21 points
along with a game-high 13 rebounds
to help the Jeffs to the 91-81 win
The Jeffs (11-2, 2-1 NESCAC) hit 18 of 27 shots (66.7 percent) in the opening 20 minutes to jump out to a 10-point lead, 48-38, at the break. Wilson led all scorers with 18 points in the first stanza, but senior Amherst Co-captain Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) and sophomore forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, Mass.) each had 11 points at the break, as the Jeffs hit four of seven attempts from downtown in the opening 20 minutes.
The Bobcats (11-5, 0-2 NESCAC) trailed by as many as 15 points with 8:07 remaining in the contest, and were down 11, at 80-69, with 4:23 left on the clock, before scoring the next seven points, climbing to within 80-76 on a pair of free throws by rookie guard Ramon Garcia (Haverhill, Mass.). Zieja, however, answered with two of his own from the line, en route to a solid 19-point night. Bates junior Ed Walker (Roxbury, MA) put back an offensive rebound with 2:04 left, cutting the lead back to four, but Lord Jeff sophomore center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham., NC) did the same on the other end. The Jeffs hit seven-of-nine foul shots down the stretch to clinch the win, finishing 24 of 33 (72.7 percent) from the line for the game.
For Bates, Wilson led all players with 28 points, matching his career high, while Walker recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Daoust led four Jeffs in double figures with 25 points, including five-of-10 from three-point range, while distributing a team-best five assists. Fitzsimons added a career-high 21 points on seven-of-nine shooting, pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds as well, and sophomore Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, N.H.) had 14 points for the Jeffs, who shot 30-59 (50.8 percent) from the field for the game.
With the win, the Jeffs move into a tie for second-place in the NESCAC, and are in action again tomorrow at first-place Tufts University, 79-77 victors over Trinity College on Friday night, the only team in the NESCAC without a conference loss, with a 13-3 record overall. The Amherst win improves the Jeffs to a perfect 8-0 record on the road, which they'll put on the line in Medford on Saturday. The Bobcats remain at home on Saturday, hosting Trinity in a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.
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