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Amherst Men's Basketball 2000-01 Milestones
Team Accomplishments:
1) Won second consecutive outright Little III Championship.

2) Triple overtime game vs. Clark on Nov. 29 was the longest game and most combined points (229) in Amherst basketball history.
3) Tied single-season school record for wins (22).
4) First-ever three-game season sweep of Williams.
5) Finished in a five-way tie for first place in the final regular-season NESCAC standings.
6) Won the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament, earning a first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
7) Advanced to second round of Division III NCAA tournament for second straight year.
8) Made eighth straight postseason appearance, including four NCAA and four ECAC Tournament bids.
9) The senior class of Brian Daoust, Erik Kelly and Abe Sexson finished their careers as one of the winningest classes 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 Williams.
10) Only team in the NESCAC with First and Second-Team All-Conference selections (Brian Daoust & Steve Zieja).

Individual Accomplishments:
1) Head Coach Dave Hixon '75
*NESCAC Coach of the Year

*Amherst's all-time winningest coach with 394 victories in 24 seasons

2) Senior Guard Brian Daoust (Dover, MA)
*First-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team Division III ECAC New England All-Star selection

*Named the 2001 Bob Cousy Award winner, presented annually to the best player in New England under 6-feet tall irrespective of Division

*Also awarded Amherst's Mossman Trophy as the College's outstanding senior athlete

*Tied a single-game school record with nine three-pointers in a triple-overtime loss to Clark on Nov. 29 (also had a career-high 39 points)

*Named NESCAC Player of the Week for period ending Sunday, Dec. 3. Daoust poured in 71 points in 3 games on the week, leading the Lord Jeffs to a 2-1 mark

*Reached 1,000-point milestone in NCAA first-round win over St. John Fisher, finishing career with 1,030 points

*Seventh leading scorer in the NESCAC (16.1 ppg) and third leading free-throw shooter (.822%)

3) Sophomore Forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA)
*Second-Team All-NESCAC selection

*Led team and finished fifth in NESCAC in scoring (17.8 ppg)

*Also finished fourth in NESCAC in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and sixth in free throw percentage (.787%)

*Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week on Mar. 5, after averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in a pair of NCAA Tournament games

*Fell just two points shy of becoming only the fifth player in Amherst history to score 500 points in a season

4) Sophomore Center Patrick Fitzsimons (Durham, NC)
*Finished second in the NESCAC in blocks (2.1 bpg) and third in rebounding (9.3 rpg)

*Named the conference Player of the Week on Feb. 26, after torching Trinity College for 22 points and 14 rebounds in the inaugural NESCAC Championship game.

5) Sophomore Guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH)
*Led the NESCAC in assists (5.9 apg)

6) Senior Guard Erik Kelly (Staples, MN)
*NESCAC All-Academic

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