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Daoust Named 2001 Cousy Award Winner by NEBCA
April 20 - Amherst College senior guard Brian Daoust (Dover, MA/Xavieran Brothers) has been named the 2001 Bob Cousy Award winner by the New England Basketball Coaches Association after leading the Jeffs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship and a second straight trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. Full Story

Daoust Tabbed Second-Team ECAC New England All-Star
March 19 - Amherst College men's basketball player Brian Daoust added Second-Team ECAC Division III New England All-Star to his ever-expanding list of postseason awards earlier this week. The 5'9" senior guard and First-Team All-NESCAC selection ended his college basketball career as one of the winningest players in school history with a 77-26 four-year record, including two trips to the ECAC semifinals, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and a 7-2 career record against archrival Williams College. Full Story

Zieja Earns Jeffs' Third NESCAC Player of the Week Award
March 5 - Sophomore forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) was named the NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two postseason games as the Jeffs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second consecutive season. Full Story

M-BBall Eliminated in NCAA Second Round at Clark
March 3 - The men's basketball team saw a great season come to an abrupt halt on Saturday when it dropped a Division III NCAA Tournament second-round game at regional-rival Clark University, 89-76. The Jeffs, who ended their season at 22-6, rebounded from a four-point halftime deficit to take a five-point lead, 55-50 with 11:40 remaining, before Clark used outstanding defensive intensity and bench-play to mount a 16-2 run in the last 10 minutes to advance to the NCAA "Sweet-16" for the first time in over a decade. Full Story

Jeffs Rack Up All-NESCAC Honors
March 2 - Thanks to the best women's season in school history and one of the best men's campaigns on record, the Amherst College basketball teams cleaned up in the post-season honors handed out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Tuesday, including a sweep of the men's and women's basketball Coach of the Year awards. Full Story

M-Hoops Advances to NCAA Second Round with 89-76 Win over Fisher
March 1 - Senior Amherst College tri-captain Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) led six Jeffs in double-figures with 16 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead the men's basketball team to an 89-76 victory over St. John Fisher College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. First-year guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) had 13 points and a career-high seven steals, and junior Pat Taverna (Whitesboro, NY) added a career-best 12 points on five-of-five shooting to lift the Jeffs to the second round, where they will face Clark University on Saturday in Worcester. Full Story

Fitzsimons Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week
February 26 - After leading Amherst to a trio of victories, including an 86-75 win at top-seeded Trinity College in the championship game of the inaugural New England Small College Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament, sophomore forward Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC/Durham Academy) was named the NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday for the period ending Feb. 25. Full Story

M-Bball to Host St. John Fisher in NCAA First-Round
February 25 - Amherst will make its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament when it hosts St. John Fisher College of Rochester, N.Y. in one of 16 first-round matchups on Thursday night. The NCAA announced seedings for the 48-team field on Sunday in Indianapolis. Full Story

Jeffs Clinch Second-Straight NCAA Bid with 86-75 win at Trinity
February 24 - The Amherst College men's basketball team clinched an automatic bid to its second-straight NCAA Tournament with an 86-75 victory at top-seeded Trinity College in Saturday night's NESCAC Championship game. Three Amherst players scored 20 or more points in the win, including senior tri-captain Brian Daoust, who netted 24, sophomore center Pat Fitzsimons who had a 22-point, 14-rebound effort, and sophomore Steve Zieja, who chipped in 20. The Jeffs now await the seedings for the 2001 NCAA Tournament, which will be announced on Sunday night. Full Story

M-Hoops Advances with 61-46 Win over Colby
February 23 - Senior tri-captain Brian Daoust led four Amherst men's basketball players in double figures with a team-high 13 points, and sophomore center Pat Fitzsimons had a game-high 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to go along with his 11 points, as the fourth-seeded Jeffs knocked off second-seeded Colby to advance to Saturday night's NESCAC Championship game. Top-seeded Trinity College, the hosts of the semifinals and finals, knocked off sixth-seeded Connecticut College, 76-72, in the evening's other game. Full Story

M-Hoops Cruises Past Williams in NESCAC Quarters, 85-67
February 20 - Sophomore Amherst College forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) led four Jeffs in double figures with a game-high 18 points, and senior tri-captain Brian Daoust added 15 points and a career-high 11 assists, as the fourth-seeded men's basketball team knocked off fifth-seeded Williams, 85-67, in Tuesday's NESCAC quarterfinal game in LeFrak Gymnasium. Amherst will face second-seeded Colby College at top-seeded Trinity in Friday's semifinals. Full Story

Round Three: Men's Hoops Readies for Tuesday Showdown with Williams
February 19 - It's deja vu all over again for the Amherst and Williams College men's basketball teams, who will meet for the third time this season in Tuesday night's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament quarterfinals. The Jeffs, who swept the regular-season series from their arch-rivals with a 73-64 win in Williamstown on January 13 and a 59-57 victory six days later in Amherst, are the fourth seed in the first-ever NESCAC Tournament, and will host fifth-seeded Williams in one of three first-round games on Tuesday. Full Story

Jeffs to Host Williams in Tuesday's NESCAC Quarterfinals
February 18 - In seedings released on Sunday, the Amherst College men's basketball team received the number-four slot in the first-ever NESCAC men's basketball tournament, and will host arch-rival Williams College, the five-seed, in a 7:30 p.m. quarterfinal game on Tuesday night. Full Story

Jeffs Stake Claim to First Place with 66-49 Win at Colby
February 17 - Sophomore forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) and senior tri-captain Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) combined for 33 of Amherst's 66 points, as the men's basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the NESCAC with a 66-49 victory at Colby College on Saturday. Sophomore center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, NC) turned in 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds off the bench as the Jeffs made their case for the top seed in next week's NESCAC tournament. Full Story

Second-Half Rally Lifts Jeffs Over Bowdoin
February 16 - The Amherst College men's basketball team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit on Friday night to knock off host Bowdoin College, 69-65, in a key conference battle in Maine. Senior tri-captains Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) and Erik Kelly (Staples, MN) led the way for the Jeffs, with Daoust connecting for a game-high 23 points, and Kelly turning in a season-high 20 points on six-of-10 shooting, including a five-of-eight performance from downtown. Full Story

Basketball Teams Set for Dramatic Regular-Season Finales
February 14 - With only this weekend's two NESCAC games against Bowdoin and Colby Colleges remaining on their regular season schedules, the Amherst College men's and women's basketball teams are both in good position for bids to the first-ever conference tournaments in the two sports, with both squads still alive for the top-seed-and a first-round bye-in the seven-team field. Full Story

M-Bball Topples Brandeis, 79-63
February 13 - Senior tri-captain Erik Kelly poured in a team-high 13 points with four steals and four assists to lead the Amherst men's basketball team to a 79-63 non-league victory over visiting Brandeis on Tuesday night. The Jeffs improved to 16-5 with the win heading into a pair of key NESCAC matchups at Bowdoin and Colby on Friday and Saturday. Full Story

Jeffs Snap Two-Game NESCAC Losing Skid With 86-68 Win Over Conn. College
February 10 - The Amherst College men's basketball team placed four players in double figures and snapped a two-game conference losing skid with an 86-68 win over visiting NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Saturday. First-year Amherst guard Adam Harper led the way off the bench with a career and game-high 21 points on eight of 11 shooting. Full Story

M-Hoops Falls to NESCAC Rival Wesleyan, 98-89
February 9 - Senior co-captain Leo Jones used game-highs of 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead Wesleyan University to a 98-89 NESCAC men's basketball win at Amherst on Friday night. Sophomore forward Steve Zieja led Amherst with 22 points in defeat, as the Jeffs fell to 14-5 (3-3 NESCAC). Full Story

Jeffs Use Bench Scoring to Rout Norwich, 91-62
February 6 - Behind game-highs of 17 points and seven rebounds from sophomore forward Steve Zieja, the Amherst College men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid with a 91-62 non-conference victory over visiting Norwich University Tuesday night. The Jeffs placed a season-high 15 players in the scoring column, including a career-high 15 points on five for eight shooting by first-year guard Adam Harper. Full Story

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