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Amherst to Face Gwynedd-Mercy in NCAA First Round at Richard Stockton
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s basketball team’s season continues this weekend after the Lord Jeffs received an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament earlier this week. The Lord Jeffs will face Gwynedd-Mercy College on Friday evening at 8 p.m. on the campus of Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. The host-Ospreys will face off against RPI at 6 p.m., with the winners moving on to the Second Round on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Despite falling to Middlebury College 77-68 in Sunday’s NESCAC Championship game, Amherst was selected to play in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight year. The Lord Jeffs have advanced to the Round of 16 in each of the last seven seasons and have participated in three straight Final Fours, including a National Championship in 2007.
Head coach David Hixon ’75 and the Lord Jeffs enter the NCAA Tournament with a 21-6 overall record. Hixon is just two wins shy of the 600th of his career, boasting an amazing record of 598-321 in 32 seasons at Amherst. Hixon’s record in the NCAA Tournament is equally as impressive, as the Lord Jeffs are 24-12 in a dozen appearances since 1993-94.
The Lord Jeffs are led offensively by senior co-captain Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA), who is averaging team-highs in points (16.4) and rebounds (6.4). Junior Steve Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) and sophomore Conor Meehan join the senior leader in double-digits in scoring with 12.2 and 10.9 points-per-game, respectively.
Amherst will face Gwynedd-Mercy for the first time in the history of the two programs. The Griffins (22-5), champions of the Colonial States Athletic Conference, are making their third appearance in the big dance. Gwynedd-Mercy is paced by Dave Smith with 15.5 ppg, and a trio of players averaging just over a dozen points-per-game. Matt Johnson, Lemeire Talley and Jon Hogga each chip in between 12.3-12.9 ppg.
Richard Stockton will provide live stats for all games played at the site, and will be streaming live webcasts of all games at the site, via SSTV.
AMHERST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
(12th appearance / 24-12 all-time (14-1 home, 10-11 road/neutral)
1993-94 (2-1): Qualified for the NCAA Tournament in its first year of eligibility… drew first-round bye… won at Colby in second round… beat the No. 1 team in the nation, Franklin & Marshall College, which entered the game with only one loss, in the Round of 16… Fell to eventual national champion Lebanon Valley in the national quarterfinals
1996-97 (1-1): Beat visiting Colby, 83-60, in first round… fell at Williams, 86-63, in second round
1999-00 (1-1): Beat visiting WNEC, 79-77, in first round… fell at Salem State, 81-75, in second round
2000-01 (1-1): Beat visiting St. John Fisher, 89-76, in first round… fell at Clark, 89-76, in second round
2001-02 (1-1): First-round bye… beat visiting Western Connecticut State, 82-77, in second round… fell at SUNY Brockport, 69-64, in Round of 16
2002-03 (2-1): First-round bye… beat visiting Southern Vermont, 84-60, in second round… beat Rochester, 74-68, at Williams in Round of 16… fell at Williams, 91-75, in National Quarterfinals
2003-04 (3-2): First-round bye… beat visiting Plymouth State, 113-85, in second round… beat New Jersey City, 92-74, at Franklin & Marshall in Round of 16… beat Franklin & Marshall, 82-70, in National Quarterfinals… fell to Williams, 86-81, in National Semifinals… fell to John Carroll, 96-85, in Championship consolation
2004-05 (1-1): First-round bye… beat visiting Springfield, 81-68, in second round… fell to visiting Rochester, 69-62, in Round of 16
2005-06 (3-2): First-round bye… beat visiting Hamilton, 83-59, in second round… beat visiting Tufts in overtime, 90-85, in Round of 16… beat visiting St. John Fisher, 93-70, in National Quarterfinals… fell to Wittenberg, 64-60, in National Semifinals… fell to Illinois Wesleyan, 71-68, in Championship consolation
2006-07 (5-0): First-round bye… beat visiting Widener University, 87-70, in second round…beat visiting Stevens, 97-74, in Round of 16…beat visiting RIC, 81-69, in National Quarterfinals…beat Wooster, 67-61, in National Semifinals…beat Virginia Wesleyan, 80-67, in National Championship
2007-08 (4-1): First-round bye…beat visiting John Jay, 96-74, in second round…beat Richard Stockton, 85-77, at Plattsburgh State in Round of 16…beat Brandeis, 65-55, at Plattsburgh State in National Quarterfinals…beat Ursinus, 84-58, in National Semifinals…fell to Washington-St. Louis, 90-68, in National Championship
2008-09: Drew Gwynedd-Mercy in first round at Richard Stockton