Date: Monday, January 28, 2002
Written by Michael Douglas


MEDFORD -- Tufts University junior guard Mike McGlynn (Medford, MA/Arlington Catholic) has strong ties to his hometown of Medford. His grandfather, Jack McGlynn, is a former major of the city. His uncle, Michael, is the city's current mayor. For two seasons the six-foot sharpshooter dominated defenses as leading scorer for the Brandeis University Judges, in nearby Waltham. But Medford's prodigal son has come home. McGlynn transferred to Tufts in the fall of 2000 and, after sitting out a year, has returned to the court to work his magic touch for his hometown Jumbos.

On Friday night, McGlynn scored his 1,000th career point in an 88-87 loss at Trinity College in Hartford. He scored 24 points with four three-pointers to finish the game at 1,020 career points. McGlynn scored 756 points in his two seasons for the Judges. Through this weekend, he is leading the Jumbos with 17.1 points per game (290 points total). He has connected on 65 of 134 attempts from behind the arc, and his 48.5% currently leads the New England Small College Athetic Conference (NESCAC).

"Mike's shooting has been a major part of our offense this year," said Tufts Head Coach Bob Sheldon. "Our philosophy since the beginning of this season was to have our guys shoot the lights out, and Mike has been outstanding in that respect."

McGlynn's role has grown more important over the last few weeks. Fellow starters and top scorers sophomore Phil Barlow (Arlington, MA/Arlington) and junior Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott) are both currently hurt. An ankle injury has Barlow sidelined for the remainder of the season and, while not as serious Barlow's injury, Shapiro hurt his knee in Friday's loss at Trinity and his return date is unknown. With two-thirds of the team's starting backcourt sitting on the bench, it is even more important for McGlynn to continue his high caliber of play if the Jumbos hope to succeed in the highly competitive NESCAC.

After dropping back-to-back games to conference rivals Trinity and Amherst, the Jumbos stand at 10-7 (1-2 NESCAC). The team will host Keene State on Tuesday as the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Tufts Women's team. Tip-off will be at 8 pm in Cousens Gymnasium.