Date: Monday, February 10, 2003


MEDFORD – With four three-pointers in Tufts' 89-71 victory over Colby College on Saturday, senior guard Mike McGlynn (Medford, MA/Arlington Catholic) surpassed 300 for his career. Currently with 302, he is on the verge of breaking into the top 20 on the NCAA record book's career three-point field goals made list.

Entering the 2002-03 season, #20 on the list was Ryan Knuppel of Elmhurst College with 303 threes. McGlynn has a chance to break into the top 20 in Tufts' games at Middlebury on Friday and at Williams on Saturday. The Jumbos, 5-2 in NESCAC, will also play in the conference tournament that starts on February 22.

New England has a major presence on the all-time three-pointers list. Other players already in the top 20 are #4 Matt Garvey of Bates at 361, #9 Billy Collins of Nichols at 331, #15 Aaron Lee of UMass Dartmouth at 313, #16 Steve Chase of Saint Joseph's, Maine at 311, #17 Jim Durrell of Colby-Sawyer at 308 and #19 Tommy Doyle of Salem State at 304. Jeff Clement of Grinnell holds the all-time record with 516. The top 20 list does not include players like McGlynn who could join the club with this season's numbers.

McGlynn, who transferred to Tufts from Brandeis after his sophomore season, is putting the finishing touches on his career as one of the region's best scorers. He reached 1,500 career points last month and currently has 1,584 points. He has played in all 95 games during his career for a career average of 16.7 points per game.

"Mike is the best shooter I've ever had," said Bob Sheldon, the Tufts Head Coach since 1988. "He's worked real hard at his game. When he first came here I thought he was just a three-point shooter. Now he can go inside and can get the basket, and he has a mid-range game. So he has a complete offensive game.

"Part of it is natural talent," Sheldon continued. "He's got the shot, but what he's worked at is his ball handling and the knowledge of what is a good shot and what isn't a good shot. I think he's worked himself from being just a good shooter into being a scorer, and there's a difference.

"He's great to coach, too. Even though he wants to score all the time, he wants to win. He'd give up the points to win. That's important."

Despite an inconsistent 11-10 overall record, Tufts has been winning league games. They currently sit third in NESCAC at 5-2. The Jumbos are looking for their first home court berth into the league tournament since it started in 2000.