Conor Meehan '11 Named NESCAC Player of the Week


AMHERST, MA – Senior co-captain Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) has been named the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for leading Amherst College to a pair of conference wins this past weekend.

Meehan averaged 22.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals with a 2.25-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio during a perfect weekend that improved the Lord Jeffs to 20-0, marking the second longest win streak in program history. Meehan was the game’s leading scorer against Tufts (W 96-77) and again versus Bates (W 74-68), shooting a combined 72 percent (13-of-18) from the floor, 83 percent from behind the arc (5-of-6) and 100 percent at the line (13-of-13).

Against Tufts Meehan had a game-high 23 points and missed only two shots all night, adding five assists and four steals. The Jeffs took the lead from the Jumbos for good when Meehan scored five straight points to make it 38-37 with 3:29 remaining before halftime. Against Bates he added a game-high 21 points and missed only three shots, also contributing four boards and four assists. The Jeffs overcame a nine-point first-half deficit to tie things up at the break, with Meehan scoring seven points during a 12-3 run that made it a 28-28 game.

This is the second time this season the NESCAC has recognized Meehan, who was named Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 22. One of only two players to have started in each of Amherst’s first 20 games, Meehan ranks second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.21), fourth in free throw percentage (.851), sixth in assists per game (3.65), 10th in scoring (13.6 ppg), 13th in steals per game (1.15) and 14th in field goal percentage (.509). Meehan is seventh on the school’s all-time assist list (320) and is only 22 assists away from third, also ranking 28th on Amherst’s all-time scoring ranks (886).

The Lord Jeffs (7-0 NESCAC) will wrap up their conference slate this weekend when they travel to take on Middlebury (6-1) Friday night and Williams (7-0) on Saturday. Amherst has secured a home game in the NESCAC Championship quarterfinals, but the top seed is still up for grabs between the Jeffs, Ephs and Panthers.