2008-09 Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Ranked as high as #5 in D3hoops.com national poll
  • Earned an at-large Pool C bid and advanced to NCAA Championship Tournament for 10th consecutive year
  • Upset then-13th-ranked Middlebury in regular season finale to earn No. 2 seed in NESCAC Championship
  • Defeated No. 7 Trinity and No. 3 Williams in NESCAC Championship to advance to finals
  • Finished season at 21-7
  • Defeated Springfield College and Westfield State to win Pioneer Valley Classic
  • Defeated MCLA and Skidmore to win Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational
  • Finished first in the NESCAC in field goal percentage (46.6%) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (38.5%), field goal percentage defense (38.7%), scoring margin (+12.4), and scoring offense (76.0)

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Head Coach David Hixon

  • Improved career coaching record to 598-232
  • Led Amherst to 20 wins for ninth consecutive season

Senior Guard/Forward Brian Baskauskas

  • Named to D3hoops.com All-America Fourth Team
  • Named to NABC All-Region First Team
  • Named to D3hoops.com All-Region First Team
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Pioneer Valley Classic MVP
  • Named MVP of Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational
  • Named to Ken Wright ’52 Memorial All-Tournament Team
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week on Dec. 8
  • Named to D3hoops.com National Team of the Week on Dec. 10
  • Led team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg)
  • Scored 1,000th career point on Jan. 24 during a victory at Trinity College
  • Finished with 1,204 career points, good for 15th in program history
  • Part of the third winningest class in Amherst history, with 106 wins in four seasons
  • Senior class finished 14-2 in Little Three play and 8-2 overall against Williams College

Senior Forward Michael Holsey

  • Finished fourth in the NESCAC in blocks per game (1.67)
  • Part of third winning class in Amherst history, with 106 wins in four seasons
  • Senior class finished 14-2 in Little Three play and 8-2 overall against Williams College

Senior Guard Marcus Bradley

  • Finished 14th in the NESCAC in assists per game (2.00)
  • Part of third winning class in Amherst history, with 106 wins in four seasons
  • Senior class finished 14-2 in Little Three play and 8-2 overall against Williams College

Senior Guard Glenn WongPart of third winning class in Amherst history, with 106 wins in four seasons

  • Named to NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team
  • Senior class finished 14-2 in Little Three play and 8-2 overall against Williams College

Senior Guard Ben Kaplan

  • Part of third winning class in Amherst history, with 106 wins in four seasons
  • Named to NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team
  • Senior class finished 14-2 in Little Three play and 8-2 overall against Williams College

Junior Guard/Forward Steven Wheeler

  • Averaged 12.3 points per game for NESCAC’s 16th highest scoring average
  • Led the NESCAC in three point field goals per game (2.70)
  • Finished 12th in the NESCAC in three point field goal percentage (.411)

Sophomore Guard Conor Meehan

  • Led the NESCAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.88)
  • Finished third in the NESCAC in steals per game (1.50), fourth in assists per game (4.29) and ninth in free throw-percentage (78.2)
  • Averaged 11.2 points per game for NESCAC’s 20th highest scoring average

First-year Guard Taylor Barrise

  • Finished third in the NESCAC in three point field goal percentage (44.8)
  • Named to Ken Wright ’52 Memorial All-Tournament Team
  • Named to Pioneer Valley Classic All-Tournament Team

First-year Forward Jeff Holmes

  • Finished seventh in the NESCAC in offensive rebounds per game (2.12)